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2014 Nissan Leaf Review

The 2014 Nissan Leaf is roomier, more refined, and has a longer range than competing all-electric cars. A subpar safety score keeps this compact car from moving higher in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

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




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.8
Safety: 8.1
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 4.0 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.

2014 Nissan Leaf Overview

Is the 2014 Nissan Leaf a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Nissan Leaf is both an excellent electric car and a very good compact car. Inside, it features a pleasant, spacious cabin. On the road, it delivers composed handling and can travel further on a charge than its competitors. Aside from the base model's long charge time, the Leaf has few disadvantages.

Used 2014 Nissan Leaf Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive Nissan Leaf is powered by a 107-horsepower, 80-kW electric motor mated to a one-speed transmission. The Leaf moves quickly from a stop and generates sufficient power for both highway commutes and quick trips around town. The Leaf has a range of 84 miles on a full battery. That’s one of the best estimates in the class among electric and hybrid competitors. The 2014 Leaf has communicative steering and feels well-controlled through turns. Its brakes also feel strong – an uncommon praise for a regenerative braking system.

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The Nissan Leaf has room for five and comes with heated front and rear seats. Its cabin feels airy, offering plenty of headroom and good visibility throughout. The 2014 Leaf's interior is quiet and features mostly high-quality materials and a modern design. There are two sets of upper and lower LATCH connectors for child safety seats in the rear outboard seats, and there’s an upper tether anchor in the rear middle seat. The Leaf has 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the 60/40-split rear seats dropped. That's decent storage space for an electric vehicle, but it’s less than most gas-only hatchbacks offer.  

Standard features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, and push-button start. Some used models may come with navigation, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, or Pandora Internet radio capability. Despite all of its high-tech features, the Leaf's cabin controls are user-friendly, including those for navigation.

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Used 2014 Nissan Leaf Prices

The average price ranges from nearly $16,300 for a used 2014 Leaf S base model up to about $20,100 for the Leaf SL, the top trim level. Prices vary depending on the car's location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 56 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 56 Nissan Leaf reviews for this 2014 Leaf overview.

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U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of car industry experience combined. You can trust that our reviews are impartial because we never accept pricey gifts or trips from automakers, and another company takes care of our website's advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Nissan Leaf?

J.D. Power has not provided a reliability rating for the 2014 Nissan Leaf.

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How Safe Is the Leaf?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Leaf the highest rating of Good in four crash tests (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength). It received the lowest possible rating (Poor) in the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Nissan Leaf four (out of five) stars overall and in all three crash tests (frontal, side, and rollover).

A rearview camera comes standard. Nissan's Around View 360-degree, multi-angle parking camera is available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Leaf?

The 2014 Leaf is a part of the hatchback's first generation, which launched in 2011. You may save some money by purchasing an earlier first-generation model, but you should go no earlier than the 2013 Leaf. Leaf models from the 2012 and 2013 model years lack some noteworthy upgrades, including more cargo space and a longer range per charge. For a standard rearview camera, shop for a 2014 or later Leaf.

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Which Used Nissan Leaf Is Right for Me?

There are three available trim levels: S (base), SV, and SL. The Leaf S comes with Bluetooth, automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, push-button start, heated seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a USB port, a rearview camera, and a 3.6-kW onboard charger. With a standard household charger, the Leaf S has a lengthy charging time of up to 21 hours. You might want to consider purchasing the 220-volt home charger, which can reduce charging time to eight hours.

Leaf SV and SL trims can fully charge in as little as five hours. The Leaf SV achieves faster charging time through its 6.6 kW onboard charger. It also comes with a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, Pandora internet radio, and two additional speakers. The Leaf SL charges the fastest via its quick charge port, which can fill the battery to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes. The Leaf SL also adds standard leather upholstery and automatic LED headlights. The Leaf SV and SL are the only trims available with a seven-speaker Bose stereo and the Around View Monitor 360-degree camera system.  

You should also take a look at a CPO Nissan vehicle. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2014 Nissan Leaf and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Leaf or 2014 Ford Focus Electric?

While the Ford Focus Electric comes with more tech features and has a shorter charging time, the Leaf is still the superior electric car overall. The Leaf's range is eight miles longer than the Focus Electric's. It also has a roomier cabin, user-friendly technology, and about 16 more cubic feet of overall cargo space than the Focus Electric.  

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Leaf or 2014 Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid, so it offers the benefit of using both gas and electric power. Most shoppers are still more likely to prefer the Leaf. Its all-electric range is more than double that of the Volt's. Additionally, the Volt can only seat four in its cramped cabin, and it has less than half the Leaf's cargo space.

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