2014 Nissan Leaf

#4 in 2014 Upscale Small Cars Overall Score: 8.3 / 10
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2014 Nissan Leaf Overview

The 2014 all-electric Nissan Leaf has a quiet, composed ride and good cargo space, but takes a long time to charge the battery with the basic charger, reviewers said.











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Pros & Cons

  • Quiet ride
  • Agile handling
  • Roomy cargo hold
  • Straightforward interior controls
  • Long charge time with basic charger

Notable for 2014

  • Rearview camera became standard

Nissan Leaf Rankings and Research

The 2014 Nissan Leaf ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Upscale Small Cars category. Currently the Nissan Leaf has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 56 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.3
Reliability: N/A

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2014 Nissan Leaf Review

By U.S. News Best Cars Staff July 22, 2015

The 2014 all-electric Nissan Leaf has a quiet, composed ride and good cargo space, but takes a long time to charge the battery with the basic charger, reviewers said.

Powering the 2014 Nissan Leaf is an electric motor, which reviewers agreed provides adequate highway acceleration. They also thought the Leaf is quiet at speed. The EPA estimates that the 2014 Leaf gets up to 126/101 mpg-equivalent city/highway, which is good for a 2014 small electric vehicle. With a basic household charger, the Leaf takes 21 hours to fully charge, and on a full charge can travel 84 miles. Reviewers recommended upgrading to the 220-volt charger, which can fully charge the battery in five hours. According to auto writers, the Nissan Leaf has responsive steering and feels composed around corners. They also liked the Leaf's firm brake pedal feel.

Critics were disappointed that the 2014 Nissan Leaf's interior is composed of lots of hard plastics, but some were pleased with its good outward visibility and modern styling. They added that the 2014 Leaf's front seats are comfortable, and its rear seats are roomy. Standard features include Bluetooth, automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port and a rearview camera. Available features include navigation, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, Pandora Internet radio capability and Nissan’s Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle. Automotive journalists said the Leaf's climate controls and navigation system are user-friendly. The 2014 Leaf has 24 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and folding them increases cargo capacity to 30 cubic feet. While the Leaf’s cargo space is on par with that of other small electric vehicles like the 2014 Ford Focus Electric, it's less than many gas-only hatchbacks' capacity.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2014 Ford Focus Electric impressed reviewers with its brisk acceleration from a stop. It also has composed handling, precise steering and strong brakes, they added. Additionally, the Focus Electric comes with lots of standard features for the class.

The 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid earns excellent fuel economy for the class as a whole, and for a hybrid. The CT Hybrid also impressed reviewers with its high-quality cabin materials.

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