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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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Fantastic car, just say no to gas stations ever again... by Turbofroggy on 01/20/2012. Trim: 2011 Nissan LEAF SL, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Never going to the gas station again. No oil changes, no belts, no air filters etc. Very brisk accelleration, good brakes, great handling. Very quiet interior. Costs 1/10th as much as gasoline to operate. Integrated telematics tell you where all the charging stations are. A2DP streams music from your Windows Phone in your pocket. Keyless entry, leave you keys in your pocket the whole time. Key fob is waterproof, we accidently washed ours, survived just fine!
Cons: No spare tire. Limited color choices, come on Nissan, no Leaf colors? A lot of other colors are offered on other Nissan vehicles, very strange.
Overall review: Fantastic car, Nissan has a hit on their hand, they are supply constrained but are available, but you will need to be persistant. If Nissan had 1 Million of these to sell there would still be a waiting list, just a great car and a huge step in the right direction.
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200 MGP Equivalent Nissan Leaf by Brent from Maricopa, Arizona on 10/29/2011. Trim: 2011 Nissan LEAF SL, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: After three months of ownership, I am averaging over 200 MPGe according to the figures used by the EPA. Last month alone, I drove 1,600 miles at a cost of about $40. It would have cost me $280 using my previous car, the Mazda CX-7. Yes, I am driving like an old, old man, but I am loving the results. I now take the time to smell the roses. Every day is a new adventure. One Saturday, I even drove it 140 miles.
Cons: The style and the lack of seats. I have a large family and would love to see cross-over vehicles that can seat eight people that run on batteries alone. I would also love to have amazing style such as the car in Minority Report.
Overall review: The car is very quiet and reliable. If you need it, it has plenty of pep when pressing the accelerator to the floor. I drive it in "ECO" mode and this restrains the car a bit, but the trade off is well worth it. We need to reeducate people on how to drive sanely in today's age. If all of us did that, we would actually save a lot of money across this nation. The seats are very comfortable and I love the fact that the bluetooth works very well with my Windows 7 Phone. The built-in navigation is excellent and makes it very easy to find the nearest charging station. I take along my tablet for when I need to plug in. I also use this time to extol the virtues of owning a 100% electric car.
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