Limited range, long charging times, high-pitched whine, no telescoping wheel, agility.
The five-seat, electric-powered Leaf has a 75-mile typical range. A full charge took 6 hours using a 240-volt outlet or 16 hours using 120 volts. At low speeds the Leaf feels quick and it is quiet and rides comfortably. Cabin access is easy, and the rear seat is fairly roomy. We measured the equivalent of 106 mpg. Running costs are extremely low: 3.5 cents per mile at the national average of 11 cents per kWh. Standard features include a heated steering wheel and seats. 2013 brought a faster on-board charger; a cheaper S version; a new electric heat system for top-level models, which uses 30-percent less energy; and Nissan's around-view monitor.