We all know that eventually, everyone in Gainesville, Buford, Cumming, and Duluth will be driving electric cars, but the 2022 Nissan LEAF is the latest version of the world’s best-selling electric car and one that was already selling well to enlightened customers well before electric cars were ever really a thing. The LEAF now boasts stylish compact car looks that don’t scream that it’s something different, and it’s also available with a choice of batteries that offer different driving ranges.
When electric cars first started to appear in showrooms, it was as if designers thought they had to make them look a way that told the world you were different, but the LEAF is happy just to be a great-looking modern car. Only a “Zero Emissions” plate gives the casual observer any idea that the LEAF is all-electric, and the front fascia with that deep V-shaped grille is very similar to the test of the current Nissan lineup.
There are more different versions of the LEAF to choose from these days, too, with the current lineup comprising five different trim levels. The entry-level Nissan LEAF is the S, and from there, the range goes to the SV, S Plus, SV Plus and top-of-the-line SL Plus.
There are two different powertrain options with the LEAF these days; one that utilizes a 40-kWh battery and the other with a larger 62 kWh battery powering the electric motor for a longer driving range on a full charge. The 40-kWh battery is found in S, and SV versions of the 2022 LEAF, and the 62-kWh battery is what you get with higher trim levels. 40-kWh models develop 147 horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque, and the EPA gives them a 149-mile driving range on a full charge of the battery
If you go for a 62-kWh version, which the majority do opt for, you then have a powertrain producing 214 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque with a driving range of between 215 and 226 miles. This unit also gets the LEAF from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, and all versions of the LEAF are exclusively front-wheel-drive.
The LEAF interior is pleasantly spacious inside, partly thanks to the all-electric drivetrain, which means no engine and no transmission tunnel to take up vital space. There’s plenty of room inside for four adults and a decent amount of cargo to go along with them. The LEAF is also a very safe car with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors and active lane control standard across the range, and SV and SL models also get adaptive cruise control and Nissan ProPilot Assist.
Entry-level LEAF S models come with standard 16-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. SV Plus models look like a great option with the 62-kWh powertrain, navigation, adaptive cruise control, fast-charging, and 17-inch alloy wheels, while SL Plus models go all the way with the likes of leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, LED headlights, a surround-view camera system and ProPilot Assist.
The 2022 Nissan LEAF EV is now something of an icon as the first widely available all-electric car, but this latest model brings the LEAF right up to date and easily competes with any rival of a similar size with a conventional or hybrid powertrain. Come and experience the world of all-electric mobility with a test drive in the sensational new LEAF from Jim Shorkey Gainesville Nissan here at 2400 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA, or call us at (770) 532-6335 for more information about pricing and availability and to book a test drive for a time that suits you.