U.S.-Assembled 2013 LEAF: A Detailed Review

Faster charging times, improved energy efficiency and greater customer support is what defines the new U.S.-Assembled 2013 LEAF S trim level. Available state and federal helps in bringing down the price of the model further. Nissan has already announced the price of the Nissan LEAF 2013 at an MSRP of $28,800. This is the lowest price ever for a 5 passenger electric vehicle in US. The objective of Nissan was to introduce an affordable electric vehicle for the masses.

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Exterior and interior Design

With a 175.0-inch overall length, the Nissan LEAF falls somewhere between the Altima and Versa and offers a smart fluidity in its design. Some new additions to the 2013 LEAF comprise: of leather appointed interiors and  17-inch alloy wheels. Seven speakers, energy efficient audio system and a 6.6 kW onboard charger reduce the charging times significantly and are standard on SV and SL models. Standard features include trip computer, 6-way manual driver’s seat, automatic Temperature Control, Bluetooth, Push Button Start, power windows, power door locks and MP3 playback capability.

Engine and Power

LEAF gets power from the advanced 48-module lithium-ion battery packs and the vehicle’s electric motor. The output of LEAF is 107 horsepower, with 187 lb-ft. of torque. 80kW AC synchronous motor, that is highly responsive, gets powered by the battery and drives the front wheels with the help of a single speed reducer. LEAF gets 100% torque right from the start, thus delivering consistent acceleration.

Safety Providing

One enjoys a roadside Assistance program at no extra charge for  3 years. 2013 LEAF model adds a fog lights and photovoltaic solar panel spoiler for more safety. There are supplemental front air bags with occupant classification sensor and seat belt sensors.

•    energy management improvement
•    incremental aerodynamics
•    lowest priced 5-passenger electric vehicle

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Base model comes without cruise control. With more than 50,000 LEAFs worldwide on the roads, clearly, Nissan is a pioneer in zero emissions vehicles and U.S.-Assembled 2013 LEAF has just got better as a product. This is an exciting car that is going to be fun to drive. Improved energy management and superior aerodynamics will definitely  give 2013 LEAF an edge over its competitors. The mid-level model, 2013 LEAF SV is priced at $31,820, while the top-end model comes at $34,480.

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