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2013 Nissan Leaf Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Nissan Leaf was new.


Interior: 6.4

The 2013 Nissan Leaf’s cabin is described by one reviewer as futuristic. Materials quality is deemed as similar to what is found in other compact cars, meaning a mix of hard and soft materials, though one reviewer describes the Leaf's fit and finish as "a cut above" other compact cars'. For 2013, the Leaf’s interior is repackaged to allow for a bit more cargo space, making it more competitive with rivals like the Ford Focus Electric and Toyota Prius c.

  • "Interior quality is similar to other compact cars, but overall fit and finish is a cut above." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2013 Nissan Leaf's contemporary exterior is complemented by a futuristic yet user-friendly interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Where the location of the battery pack hurts Leaf is in overall rear-seat comfort. Passengers back there sit slightly higher than those in front, however the position of the battery pack forces rides to sit in a slightly knees-up position. This is fine for short trips, but it will likely be uncomfortable for adults for longer trips." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The Leaf seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and heated, manually-adjustable front seats, as well as a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. Seat upholstery made from partially-recycled material, and leather seats are available on upper trims. Reviewers generally agree that the Leaf’s seats are comfortable in the front, although the back seats get more mixed reviews. One test driver says the back seats are comfortable, but another writes the position of the battery makes the rear seating position uncomfortable for longer trips. The Leaf earns praise for offering ample head- and legroom. One critic says that rearward visibility is somewhat limited.

  • "The Leaf's battery pack is located under the floor beneath the seats. This space-efficient placement is partially responsible for the car's roomy rear seats, which provide comfortable accommodation for adults." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are relatively comfortable, though they don't provide much side support." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A tall build and no available sunroof means Leaf has ample headroom. Legroom is good as well. The seats are quite comfortable. Thick rear roof pillars and tall rear-seat headrests compromise rear visibility." -- Consumer Guide (2012 front seats)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2013 Nissan Leaf include Bluetooth phone connectivity, automatic climate control, a four-speaker stereo, satellite radio and a USB port. Optional features include navigation, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, Pandora Internet radio, a rearview camera and Nissan’s Around View Monitor, which helps eliminate blind spots and gives the driver better views around the car when parking.

The Leaf’s features earn praise from one reviewer, who notes that the base S trim still includes amenities like Bluetooth and a USB port. One test driver writes that the navigation system isn’t too difficult to program, and appreciates that it helps locate nearby charging stations.

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  • "The S is not a bare-bones stripper model either, as it features power accessories, keyless entry, heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth and USB/iPod connectivity." -- Edmunds
  • "Leaf's two-tier gauge layout is reminiscent of the Honda Civic. It works well here. While a few displays in the binnacle below the speedometer are unconventional, they're easy to understand and read at a glance. The climate controls are self-evident, and the navigation system is fairly easy to program. It can help locate charging stations and includes a helpful energy-usage meter." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "While basic controls, such as the air conditioner and the radio, operate just like in any other car, the megaload of vehicle and systems information that can be called up at any time does require spending a bit of time with the rather thick owner's manual." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)


Behind the second row of seats, the Leaf has 24 cubic feet of cargo space, and folding the rear seats down increases cargo capacity to 30 cubic feet. That’s more room than you’ll find in the 2012 model, and one reviewer finds that the increased capacity makes the Leaf more useful. The Leaf has comparable cargo space with rivals like the hybrid Toyota Prius c, Ford Focus Electric and Honda Insight hybrid, but less than some gas-powered hatchbacks.

  • "For 2013, increased cargo capacity makes the electric hatchback even more useful." -- Edmunds
  • "And since a bag of golf clubs nearly exceeds the physical limitations of the diminutive 11.7-cubic-foot cargo bay, the rear seat features a 60/40-split design for transporting larger items." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cabin storage is fine for the class and includes moderately sized door pockets, center console, and glovebox." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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