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2014 Nissan Leaf Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Nissan Leaf was new.


Interior: 7.6

Reviewers say the 2014 Nissan Leaf’s cabin feels spacious and has a very modern design. Some write that the interior materials in the Leaf are nicer than those found in similarly priced electric vehicles, though others note that its interior contains a lot of mediocre plastic. Most automotive journalists think there’s plenty of room in both the front and rear seats compared to rival compact cars and say that climate controls and the optional navigation system are straightforward.

  • "Despite the 2014 Nissan Leaf's economy car leanings, the interior is surprisingly pleasant, with a strong emphasis on modernity. The large center stack in the middle of the dash houses a majority of all vehicle system controls, and split-level instrument panels reinforce the high-tech feel with sharp graphics that relay critical information. Materials used throughout the interior are also slightly above average for an EV in this price range." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Nissan Leaf has a futuristic and airy cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior trim is comprised mostly of uninspired, budget-grade plastic. Given Leaf's price and high technology, it's not entirely inappropriate here." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2014 Nissan Leaf seats five and comes standard with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Leaf is available with leather seats or seat upholstery made from partially recycled materials. Reviewers agree that the Leaf’s cabin feels spacious, with ample headroom and great visibility. They say the front seats are comfortable, though some wish they offered more lateral support and more legroom for taller drivers.

  • "Since the Leaf was designed from the outset as an electric car, Nissan was able to locate the battery pack underneath the floor, and that results in a pretty roomy cabin. There's plenty of front-seat headroom, though taller drivers may find legroom a bit cramped." -- Edmunds
  • "The car's tall roofline and abundance of glass make the interior feel open and provide good visibility. The front seats are adequate, but could use more side support." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite the Leaf's small appearance, interior room is ample, both front and back. Yes, the rear seats can be slightly cramped, but they're far better than back seats in many similarly sized compact cars." -- AutoTrader
  • "Passenger space is slightly greater than that of the typical compact." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2014 Nissan Leaf include Bluetooth, automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port and a rearview camera. Optional 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 when parking.

Most reviewers agree that even with its unique, high-tech gadgetry, the Nissan Leaf’s climate controls and navigation system are user-friendly. Test drivers also appreciate that the navigation system can help you locate charging stations.

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  • "For all the new technology in the Leaf, it certainly operates like a normal car. That's high praise for Nissan, since the Leaf isn't meant to confuse drivers with gadgetry and high-tech equipment." -- AutoTrader
  • "Inside, the Leaf shows flashes of cutting-edge technology, but you don't need to be an early adopter to figure out how to operate its various bells and whistles." -- 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)


The Leaf has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and folding the 60/40-split rear seats down increases cargo capacity to 30 cubic feet. The Leaf’s cargo space is similar to that of other small EVs like the Ford Focus Electric, but less than some gas-only hatchbacks’.

  • "Cargo room behind the rear seats is generous, at 24 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "In back, cargo space is good at 24 cubic feet, and the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split for 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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