2022 Nissan LEAF, a very affordable electric

It doesn’t seem like it, but it’s been 11 years since the first Nissan LEAF launched in 2010, an all-electric vehicle that made the mark of the most economical electric vehicles.

In these 11 years, Nissan has sold more than 500,000 units of this vehicle, which continues to show that it is a tough competitor in this market for electric vehicles.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

A couple of weeks ago we tested the new 2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus for 7 days and we were surprised in a good sense of the word, something that was enhanced by the significant reduction in the prices of the LEAF, which now with its base model is the most affordable in the electric market.

Motors, batteries, autonomy, battery charge and prices

The base 2022 Nissan LEAF is offered with a starting list price of $ 27,400 here in the United States, but that’s not all, as customers who are eligible for the federal government tax credit, which is up to $ 7,500, which puts the 2022 Nissan LEAF under $ 20,000, something totally ridiculous to think a few months ago and of course this is the price of the base trim level that is the base Nissan LEAF with the smallest 40 kWh battery, the which offers a range of 149 miles.

The trim level I tested is the LEAF SL Plus, the most expensive of all with a list price of $ 37,400, plus included options and the price of shipping and administration, totaling $ 39,355. Those who are eligible for the tax credit will be able to purchase this tier for $ 31,885, which is also a very good deal for everything this vehicle represents compared to others in its class, with many better features, technology and quality materials.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

Compared to the 2021 LEAF prices, the various trim levels of the 2022 model are offered with discounts ranging from $ 4,245 to $ 6,545.

The base model comes with an engine that offers 147 horsepower, while the Plus that we tested includes a 160 kW engine that offers 214 horsepower, 250 pound-feet of torque and a range of 215 miles in vehicles with more equipment and 226 miles of range in the base Plus, thanks to the 62 kWh battery.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

Both models are offered in 3 trim levels: S, SV and SL. Both samples can be purchased with the LEAF (40 kWh) or LEAF Plus (62 kWh) battery, while the SL we tested only comes with the 62 kWH Plus battery pack:

  • LEAF S: 149 miles
  • Leaf SV: 149 miles
  • Leaf S Plus: 226 miles
  • Leaf SV Plus: 215 miles
  • Leaf SL Plus: 215 miles

Like the Chevy Bolt, this 2022 Nissan LEAF has a system called e-Pedal, which allows the car to decelerate when you take your foot off the accelerator, which slows the vehicle and in turn uses that energy to recharge the battery.

Regarding normal battery charge, this Nissan LEAF can be connected to a 120 or 240 volt outlet. According to Nissan, either battery can be charged in approximately 7 hours through the 240-volt outlet.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

The Leaf can be plugged into a normal 120-volt or 240-volt outlet, but charging times vary dramatically between the two. Through a 240-volt outlet, the Nissan LEAF, with both the standard Leaf battery and the larger Leaf Plus, can be recharged between 8 and 11.5 hours.

As for charging it through a 120 volt outlet, normal in US homes (240 volt plugs are rarely used, it is normally used dedicated to a clothes dryer as happens in my house or another appliance that works with this voltage), of course it takes much longer and if the battery is almost empty, they will not fully charge it overnight.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

Exterior

The exterior of the new 2022 Nissan LEAF is unchanged from the previous year, continuing with a front that integrates an aggressive grille, a full LED light setup with standard LED daytime running lights.

Also standard are power and heated side mirrors for cold days when the mirrors are icy when the vehicle spends the night outside.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

The LEAF features a CHAdeMO fast charging port, with 50 kW for the 40 kWh LEAF battery and 100 kW with the larger 62 kWh battery).

The vehicle we tested also features the largest 17-inch wheels, made of aluminum alloy.

Interior and cargo area

The interior of the LEAF SL Plus presents an elegance that for example is not seen in the Chevy Bolt, with high quality materials and enough space to transport 5 passengers.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

Something negative is that the Nissan LEAF is one of the vehicles that offers less space in the second row of seats and although the difference is not much, in this respect the Chevy Bolt is better when it comes to offering legroom for passengers. of the second row of seats.

The driver’s seat has electronic adjustment control with 8 possible adjustment positions and two lumbar positions. The passenger seat can be adjusted manually with 4 possible adjustment positions. All seats are upholstered in leather. These two seats are very comfortable and those in the second row, although not as comfortable as the first two, are also comfortable.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

In terms of cargo area, the Nissan Leaf outperforms the competition with 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Chevy Bolt only offers 16.9 cubic feet. If the second row seats are folded (60/40 folding), the Nissan LEAF’s cargo space is increased to 30 cubic feet.

The negative note with the folding rear seats, is that unfortunately when they are folded, they do not do it completely, the charging base is not completely flat.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

The Nissan LEAF also includes automatic climate control, push button keyless start and smart keyless entry.

Entertainment Info System

As with all other trim levels, the 2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus infotainment system’s color touchscreen is 8 inches. The system in addition to being able to be controlled in a touch way through the screen, also includes physical controls (buttons and knobs) to control the volume, tuning and adjustments of the interior climate.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

The Infotainment system is the NissanConnect, an intuitive system, very easy to operate. This system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, this SL Plus includes navigation Nissan Door to Door con Premium Traffic (real-time traffic information) in standard form.

It also includes SiriusXM radio, which is totally free for 3 months, after which you have to hire the service.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

The infotainment system is updated wirelessly, via OTA (Over the AIR) updates, without having to take it to the dealer or record the update on a USB device. In addition, the system can be configured to receive updates automatically or manually, always through a WiFi connection.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

The Nissan Leaf software is updated via wireless updates. You can configure the vehicle to receive these updates automatically or you can do it manually as long as it is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

The SL Plus trim level we tested is the only one that includes a Bose Energy-Efficient premium sound system, which works in conjunction with 7 speakers.

The instrument panel includes a 7-inch screen, on which

Security and assistance systems

The 2022 Nissan Leaf has several safety features as standard and all models have the following:

  • 10 airbags
  • Intelligent forward collision warning
  • Automatic braking with pedestrian detection
  • Intelligent lane intervention
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Automatic rear braking
  • High beam assist
  • Additional adaptive cruise control.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

In addition, the 2022 Nissan SL Plus includes Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system, with semi-autonomous driving technology, a surround-view camera and Driver Attention Alert.

Driving

The LEAF is a fast car and of course thanks to the instant power delivery of the electric motor, which invites us to accelerate it, but here comes the negative aspect of electric vehicles until they do not have a much greater autonomy, every time we step on it. the accelerator more than necessary, we lose autonomy much more quickly than if we drive wisely.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

The 2022 Nissan LEAF responds very well and as I pointed out in the title, it is a fun vehicle to drive, especially in the city, where it moves very well and responds perfectly to any demand from the driver.

With the 60 kWh battery and 215 miles of autonomy, this LS Plus is efficient and of course as long as we manage the battery charge intelligently. Now if what you are looking for is a vehicle only for the city and not very long trips, the models with the smallest battery will probably be enough and much more affordable, although with these they should be better managers of the battery charge.

Final conclusion

The 2022 Nissan Leaf is an excellent option when buying an electric vehicle and especially its base model with a very affordable price, something that until now had not been given and of course if you want better materials and a little more luxury, together With more range and more advanced features, this LS Plus is the vehicle for you.

2022 Nissan LEAF SL Plus

Comparing it to the Chevy Bolt we tested a few months ago this 2022 Nissan LEAF LS Plus presents an interior with more elegant.

In short, the Nissan LEAF in addition to being a fun vehicle to drive, with many premium features that come standard, is now one of the most affordable and if they are eligible for the tax credit, much more.

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