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Nissan Leaf 2013 Review

Posted by on April 4, 2013 in New Cars, Reviews - No comments
2013 Nissan Leaf

2013 Nissan Leaf performance

The 21st century is the era of new innovations, especially when it comes to car manufacturing. The car manufacturers nowadays, not only deal with conventional cars, but they also have to offer the hybrid and electric vehicles. Hybrid cars, as you all know, make use of both the conventional engine and an electric motor to rotate the crankshaft. The electric car is slightly different from the hybrid ones. Electric cars fully rely on electrical power transmission, and they do not carry a conventional engine. Realizing the future prospects, many manufacturers have come up with their electric models. The manufacturers include Ford, Chevrolet, Nissan and many more. This article will offer you a brief review of the EV released by Nissan- the Nissan Leaf. The review of Nissan Leaf covers the type of variants available, the performance aspects, and the safety features incorporated.

The variants available

The 2013 Nissan Leaf is a 4-door hatchback EV released in three variants. The variants are the base model S, SV and SL. Here are the basic features of the 3 variants at a glance.

The base model S is equipped with heated mirrors, 16-inch wheels, keyless ignition, climate control facility, a tilt-only steering and heated seats. The infotainment features included in the vehicle are a trip device, Bluetooth, satellite radio, an audio system with 4 speakers, an auxiliary jack for audio and USB portability.

The SV model is far more improved than the base model. SV carries a 16-inch alloy wheel, rearview mirror with auto-dimming facility, cruise control, an audio system with 6-speakers, a 7-inch touchscreen, foglamps and a lot more.

Apart from the S and SL models, the high end version SV is incorporated with a 17-inch wheels. In fact, the SL variant is an extension of SV with additional features like solar power utility and upholstery made of leather. The optional features are Bose audio system with 7 speakers and view monitor.

Performance aspects of Nissan Leaf

Performance aspects

2013 Nissan Leaf features

The 2013 Nissan Leaf EV is equipped with a powerful 80 KW motor which is capable of producing a horse power of 107 HP at a maximum torque of 187 Lb-Ft. The motor is powered by a 24KWh battery. Even though Leaf relies on electric power transmission, the acceleration figure delivered by the vehicle is quite impressive. Leaf can reach the 60 mph mark in less than 10.5 seconds. The mileage aspects of the vehicle are governed by a number of factors such as the way of driving, traffic on the roads, the speed maintained and the battery life. Leaf can comfortably deliver around 85 mpg in the city driving conditions and 95 mpg on highways.

Safety aspects of Leaf

Here is some of the basic safety features incorporated in this vehicle. The new Leaf is released with traction and stability control, antilock disk brakes and airbags on the front and side. The base model carries rear view camera as an optional feature. A monitor capable of capturing a 360 degree view is equipped in the higher variants. However the braking aspects of the vehicle are not very appreciable. A 60 mph cruising Leaf can be halted only after a distance of 130 feet.

Nissan Leaf offers you a steady handling and a noise free driving experience. The base model may cost you around $28,800.

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