Although Kermit the Frog often proclaimed it’s not easy being green, he was definitely wrong when it comes to the 2015 Nissan Leaf. This vehicle, unlike Kermit, doesn’t blend in with many ordinary things. It definitely stands out in the crowd and is sure to be a hit with those who want a zero emission car that remains affordable. In fact, this vehicle is now the top selling 100 percent electric vehicle in the world. What makes it such a hit with drivers?
- The Nissan Leaf is available in three models, all of which come well equipped. Standard features on these models include automatic temperature control, push button start, power door locks with an auto-locking feature, variable intermittent windshield wipers and more. Select the SV model and receive a seven-inch LCD screen, a hybrid heating system designed to consume less energy when the weather turns cold, and partially recycled cloth seat fabrics. The SL includes a photovoltaic solar panel spoiler, LED low beam headlights, and auto on/off headlights. All combine to make this car environmentally friendly from bumper to bumper.
- When the battery is fully charged, the Nissan Leaf travels a distance of 84 miles, as reported by the EPA. Individuals may expect to get 126 city miles to the gallon, 114 combined, and 101 on the highway. You’ll find you have a number of charging options with this vehicle, including a front body charge port and a Quick Charge Port for 30 minute charging at public charging stations.
- Drivers love the fact that full torque is available at start to ensure consistent, smooth acceleration, allowing you to feel as if you are behind the wheel of a V6 powered vehicle. The ride and handling are very smooth in this vehicle, and the standard regenerative braking system standard in the Leaf helps to increase your driving range.
The Top Features
The Leaf comes in seven exterior colors: brilliant silver, cayenne red, morning sky blue, glacier white, pearl white, gun metallic and super black. In addition, one may choose from a variety of wheel designs to meet their unique needs and the aerodynamic arrangement of the vehicle is sure to please all. The elegant body features a low, compact hood and large rear spoiler. Although the sleek design may appear to be small from the outside, users are sure to find plenty of room once they climb inside. In addition, the interior is very bright, so one never feels cramped when taking a ride.
The interior also features the items drivers most want and need. Choose either the SV or SL model and the vehicle will come with the navigation system Nissan is known for. Google Places is available on this vehicle along with CARWINGS telematics system, standard on both the SL and SV Leaf. Other features found on this model include the voice destination entry and the hands-free text messaging assistant.
The Expert Opinion
Experts love this vehicle, stating it is a practical car that is uniquely styled. The all-electric powertrain provides 107 horsepower from its AC electric motor and provides seating for five comfortably. The straightforward interior is also a hit with those who know cars. For these and numerous other reasons, the Nissan Leaf has once again made it into Kelley Blue Book’s list of top ten green cars, coming in at number three on the 2015 list.
The 2015 Nissan Leaf is a car that even Kermit would be proud to say he owned. Anyone interested in learning more about this car may visit Nissan.com or visit a local dealership. A green car is a great thing to have, thanks to fluctuating fuel prices, and now is the time to buy. The Nissan Leaf offers everything a driver could want and more while keeping fuel costs reasonable.