2023 Nissan Leaf: Big Things Come in Small Packages
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The 2023 Nissan Leaf’s notable selling point in the expensive realm of electric vehicles is its under $30,000 MSRP (Plus destination fee) starting price. It is also on the smaller side, as is expected of a compact car, so it is easier to navigate a densely populated city or to parallel park. It has also never had such a polished exterior. The automobile is aesthetically pleasing, sleek, charming to the eye, and simple to get into. The multi-spoke wheels provide a welcome touch of modernity, and the illuminated badge makes for a striking presence. The changes for the 2023 model year are relatively minimal, as a revised grille, exterior lighting components, and a revised front bumper are the offered tweaks. Shopping for a 2023 Nissan Leaf proves to be easy because there are only two trim levels to choose from: the base trim S and the SV Plus, which has a more extended range.
There is a large amount of plastic, but the surface textures and overall layout appear orderly and thoughtfully laid out. It has a pleasantly spacious interior, particularly when considering the car’s general size. The gauge cluster has a quirky analog speedometer with little acknowledgment of the past. There is also a 7.0-inch digital unit that allows the driver to scroll and view different screens. The cloth seats are comfortable over long treks, and there is far more cargo room than a buyer may expect in a car this size. Indeed, despite the back seat’s inability to fold flat on the floor, the cargo capacity is staggering, fitting seven carry-on suitcases behind the back seat and a tremendous nineteen with the rear seat folded.
Under the Hood
The Nissan Leaf is equipped with two different powertrains depending on the consumer’s trim level. The entry-level S trim of the Nissan Leaf comes with a 110-kW motor powered by a 40-kWh battery, accelerates up to 147 horsepower, and produces 236 pound-feet of torque, while the higher trim – the SV Plus – comes with a 160-kW motor and 60-kWh battery. An e-Pedal feature even permits the driver to toggle back and forth between regenerative braking modes.
The 2023 Leaf comes standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and an optional navigation system. The system is reasonably swift and user-friendly. A standard six-speaker Bose sound system is included, with the option of a seven-speaker Bose system. Moving up to the highest tier, the SV Plus trim level has more technological features, such as two more speakers, a 360-degree camera, and adaptive cruise control with steering assist.
The driving experience is relatively similar for both trims. The Leaf accelerates with ease courtesy of the instant torque provided by the electric motor, and it scoots around town with unexpected enthusiasm. At highway speeds, the 2023 Nissan Leaf can still keep pace with fast-moving traffic and pass other vehicles in a timely fashion. The dash from 0-60 miles per hour is a solid time of 5.5 seconds. Speaking of dashing, safety is not a concern when driving in a 2023 Leaf due to its extensive suite of safety features, including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, and many more.
The 2023 Nissan Leaf is maneuverable and quite comfortable to drive. If this electric vehicle has drawn your attention, please visit Ellicott City Nissan. We have a friendly and dedicated sales team that is committed to looking out for your automotive needs. For example, we will make your buying, leasing, or selling needs easy for any of our new vehicle inventory. Are you considering a used vehicle? We have an entire lineup to choose from, and we are happy to be your dealership home.