Nissan LEAF Q&A
IS THE NISSAN LEAF A FAST CAR?
I DRIVE UM…FAST. SORTA.
But the point is—you can DRIVE this car. It's got pep. It accelerates. It corners. It's responsive. It's FUN to drive!
YES! I DIDN’T REALIZE IT’D HAVE BETTER PICK-UP THAN MANY OTHER CARS.
It makes merging onto the highway a breeze. I definitely like to show off the leaf’s zippiness when we have someone new in the car!
IT IS VERY QUICK 0-40.
I really push this car very hard at times, and I am used to driving a car to its limit. The LEAF is so safe that I can push it and toss it however I want and never get understeer (due to the low center of gravity). The brakes are great as well.
All electric cars are not
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created equal. Some of them aren’t even electric.
I THINK THE SEXIEST FEATURE IS THE SURGE OF ACCELERATION IN THE NISSAN LEAF
right from the start. It’s surprising. And it surprises people at the stoplight.
FASTEST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED.
EVERYONE ASKS ME THIS QUESTION AND I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND IT.
From the first test drive I felt the acceleration was comparable to my other vehicles. The salesperson told me it would be best to drive in ECO Mode to save miles and I do that 100% of the time. I have never felt sluggish.
PEOPLE ALWAYS SEEM TO ASSUME IT'S LIKE A GO-CART
or a Smart car when I tell them it's an all electric. They are always surprised to hear it can go 70 MPH no problem and it's got acceleration you wouldn't believe. It's fun taking the car out of ECO mode to show off to someone who has not ridden in my LEAF yet - they always get surprised that the car has that much power.
LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE, I HAD THE VERY MISTAKEN IMPRESSION THAT I'D BE DRIVING A VEHICLE THAT WAS MORE LIKE A GOLF CART THAN AN AUTOMOBILE.
I couldn't have been more wrong, because one of the great assets of an electric engine is that all of its power is instantly available. It doesn't go through the same acceleration process as a gas guzzler and quite simply has more speed from a standing start than any car I've ever owned.
THE MODEST POWER AND 0-60 TIMES FOR THE LEAF ARE DECEIVING
and would make one believe it would be scary to drive on the highway. However, when you realize that the power of the Nissan LEAF is much easier to control and is always available instantly you realize how scary it is driving an ICE car with a non-uniform power curve and an unpredictable and slow to shift transmission.
Internal Combustion Engine
A vehicle with an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) that runs on gasoline.