2012 Nissan LEAF Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,868 - $8,821
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
106 City / 92 HWY
Horsepower
107
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,868 - $8,821
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
106 City / 92 HWY
Horsepower
107
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.6 Styling 3.8 Value 3.3

Editor's Overview

Although limited range disqualifies it as an option for some drivers, the Nissan Leaf is the first all-electric car for the masses. The EPA says the Leaf will deliver 73 miles per charge and the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon, while offering 4-door room for five and after-tax-incentive pricing in the ballpark of the average new car.

Nissan LEAF Models & Trims

SV $6,868 - $8,707*
Horsepower: 107 hp
Engine Type: Electric
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SL $6,956 - $8,821*
Horsepower: 107 hp
Engine Type: Electric
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.63

19 Reviews

63% 37% 3 star 0% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

A beautiful alternative to gasoline!

I love that the market has finally made electric cars accessible to the public at large. I know longer have to fight for a place at the gas pump! The charging infrastructure has grown as well making it easier than ever to charge. The Nissan leaf is the future of driving. One day everyone will own an electric car!

- Isaac S

Love the heated steering wheel.

This car has the first generation battery so does not have a long range I wish the trunk had a flat floor like the Toyota Prius. This car is very comfortable to ride in and has great acceleration. This Nissan leaf has heated seats in both the front and back. My favorite feature is the heated steering wheel.

- Dawn S

No gas or oil changes needed, it has good pick up & can be charged as quickly.

The car is all electric and it is very comfortable, has good pick up, but it does not go far enough. Either it needs a larger battery or I am tethered to home. It only goes about 40 miles before it has to be charged. It is inconvenient to have to plug in the car all the time.

- Be L

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$6,868 - $8,707
$6,956 - $8,821

Horsepower

Horsepower
107 hp
107 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
80kW AC synchronous electric motor
80kW AC synchronous electric motor
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Standard
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.1 in.
42.1 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.2 in.
41.2 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.1 in.
31.1 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.3 in.
37.3 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Standard
Standard

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Standard
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Standard
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/55R16
P205/55R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.1 ft.
34.1 ft.

Length

Length
175 in.
175 in.

Width

Width
69.7 in.
69.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3385 .lbs
3401 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
107 hp
107 hp

Torque

Torque
207 ft. lbs.
207 ft. lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Electric Motor
Electric Motor

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Combined

Combined
50 mpg
50 mpg

City

City
53 mpg
53 mpg

Highway

Highway
46 mpg
46 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Standard
Standard

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Not Available
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings