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Good car by seal on 07/08/2012.
Pros: You never have to go hunting for the best prices @ a gas station. You just plug it in overnight. The car has seemingly instant acceleration. If you pick someone up in the car they literally won't know you have it turned on. (when still there is no sound) Quiet, easily drives freeway speed. Comfy inside with plenty of headroom. You can set it to heat up 10 min before you get in the car. The range works easily for regular commuting. , Any downhill will recharge the battery due to special brakes and 20 min charging stations are being added. You will save 70percent of your would be gas bill w electricity instead. Easier to drive than automatic.
Cons: Light interior is stainable. The red color option is hideous. The car itself has an odd look to it and draws attention. And with the number of charging stations on freeways, you still pretty much need another car for longer trips. And theres no heated seats. You should pay for the 240 volt charger to realistically charge your car.
Overall review: All in all a great commuter car. I recomend using it on a day to day basis and having another car for the occasional longer trips. What you pay for the car and charger will end up paying for itself compared to other cars even those with 30-40 mpg. It costs about 2.50 for 100 miles more or less. Love my leaf
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Simply a Great Car by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/24/2012. Owned 1 year.
Pros: Great acceleration and comfort. Fit and finish are excellent. It is a well-built car. I was worried it would feel like a souped up golf cart, but it is not like that at all. At times I forget it is electric until I need fast acceleration and then it is better than my other car. I love the fact that we just plug it in at night and never have to go to a gas station. Also love the carpool lane access. And with the state and federal rebates, it was not expensive.
Cons: I would pay for a larger battery to have a greater range. We conservatively plan on a range of about 75 miles in a mix of highway and city driving, although you can extend the range with different driving techniques. The 75 miles is fine 90% of the time, but would like more battery options.
Overall review: Simply a great car.
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The Best Car I've Ever Had by E from Dallas on 04/14/2012. Owned 1 year.
Pros: This is the best car I've ever owned. I love driving past the corner gas station and knowing that I'm free forever from the Arab Oil Cartel. Woohoo! But besides that - BUYING ONE OF THESE IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. Our planet needs us to drive zero emission vehicles. I found a company in California that reverse-engineers the 110v trickle-charger that comes with the car to be able to use either 240v or 120v; I did that and also installed an 240v outlet in my garage. I had nothing but the 120v charger for a couple of months before-hand and was not suffering at all with that. My electric bill has not gone up.
Cons: I can't think of a thing. I wish someone would make an electric SUV with on-demand 4-wheel drive cuz I'm moving out to my land in about a year and a half and will need that type of a vehicle.
Overall review: The PERFECT commute car.
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2011 Nissan Leaf - Pacific Northwest by PDX LEAF on 10/02/2011. Trim: 2011 Nissan LEAF SL, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Great vehicle for use in urban driving. This is especially true in a temperate climate like the western side of the Pacific Northwest. The climate requires minimal use of the AC, and moderate use of the heater.
Cons: Still (as of October 2011) hard to find a lot of quick charge stations off the Interstate. It would be nice if they make the 2012 standard "cold weather package" available as a dealer installed add-on for the 2011 models presently out on the market. At least heated seats would be a nice addition and virtually eliminate the need for much use of the heater for cars on the western side of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest.
Overall review: Great city car for commuting and running errands when you have a 240V charger in the garage to charge it a few hours each night.
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A New Leaf by Marman on 09/28/2011. Trim: 2011 Nissan LEAF SL, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Smooth powerful accelaration. Instant torque. Great HVAC system. Can bypass the gas station. It's a real car so one can actually carry 4 people and some luggage for a short distance. Great for commuting for round trip distances of 55 miles or less.
Cons: Short range. Need to drive conservatively to get the maximum range. Manufacturer does not advertise that in order to get the maximum battery life, you need to charge to 80% of capacity which cuts your range by 20%. Real world range at 80% charge is around 65 miles. This will give you about 10 miles left on the range meter when you get home. Range will be much less if you drive aggresively or if there are many hills in your area. Manufacturer does not advertise that 440 volt quick chargers are only to be used only once a day to maintain the warranty.
Overall review: This is a fine car for short commutes. Accelaration is very good, however range is short. You're alway monitoring the battery gage for amount of energy charge left. Consumers need to know that if you use the HVAC system at all, the car range will be reduced. Quiet car, requires a disciplined approach to driving for optimal range. Maximum range for round trip commutes would be around 55 miles at 80% charge. Will be much less if you drive aggressively or have many hills in your area. Worth a test drive if you are in the market for an electric car.
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