Nissan LEAF Q&A
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE LEAF OVER OTHER VEHICLES?
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WE DECIDED TO GO WITH THE LEAF AS IT HAS ENOUGH RANGE TO DO MOST OF OUR DRIVING.
I own a Volt and did not consider purchasing another one because it only has 4 seats. I test drove a used Ford Focus EV. The lack of storage in the hatch and the tight feel in the back seats marked it off the list. I test drove a Ford Fusion Hybrid as well. We decided to go with the LEAF as it has enough range to do most of our driving.
IT DRIVES A LOT BETTER THAN A CAMRY HYBRID AND A FUSION HYBRID.
It is a lot of fun to drive. The amount of torque taking off is fun. The handling/cornering is decent. I can tell you that it drives a lot better than a Camry Hybrid and a Fusion Hybrid. We drove the LEAF before test driving a bunch of other cars. It was a mistake because the LEAF made the others feel like they were 10 years old!
TWO DRIVE TRAINS IN THE VOLT MEAN MORE COST TO BUY AND MORE COST TO MAINTAIN.
I considered the Volt before looking at the LEAF. The lower cost and greater EV range is what sold me on the LEAF. Two drive trains in the Volt mean more cost to buy and more cost to maintain. The LEAF is the right way to go.
EV Term An environmentally-friendly vehicle powered by electricity in the form of an electric motor and battery pack. Also known as the Nissan LEAF®.
THE VOLT WAS TOO SMALL ON THE INSIDE, AND I KEPT HITTING MY HEAD GETTING IN.
Yes, drove the Volt a couple times. Really did think the Volt was too small on the inside, and I kept hitting my head getting in and out of the driver's seat. Also, fuel economy in the hybrid mode was not very good, less than 40 mpg.
STARTED WITH THE CHEVY VOLT. RENTED ONE FOR A FEW DAYS. WENT FROM LIKING IT TO DISLIKING IT.
I shopped extensively but was more curious than serious. We didn't really need a replacement car. Started with the Chevy Volt. Rented one for a few days. Went from liking it to disliking it. Felt claustrophobic. Ceiling too low, big hump between seats, only seats 4, tailgate very shallow, poor visibility, poor range and gas mileage, and way too expensive. Also looked at Prius, Ford C-Max hybrid and Energi. Looked at Tesla Model S a lot. Like the visibility and openness of the LEAF cabin. Range sounded ok. Dealer made offer we couldn't refuse and leased for 2 years.
I COULDN'T STAND GOING HALFWAY.
I drove my parent's Prius, but couldn't stand going halfway. If we didn't jump in the pool first, nobody's going to get in! All-electric or nothing!
THE VOLT JUST DOESN'T FEEL AS WELL DESIGNED.
The Volt just doesn't feel as well designed. You have this new technology and you feel like you're using a computer from the 90's to control everything. And you're still stuck with the maintenance of the engine along with the risks of adapting to new technology.
IF I HAD PURCHASED THE VOLT, I WOULD STILL BE BUYING GAS, DOING MAINTENANCE ON A GAS ENGINE, ETC.
I test drove the Chevy Volt. I think I would've purchased one if the price wasn't so high. Since purchasing my LEAF, I am very happy that I didn't purchase the Volt! If I had purchased the Volt, I would still be buying gas, doing maintenance on a gas engine, etc.
I WAS SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR PLUG-IN VEHICLES.
We owned a Prius before, but I was specifically looking for plug-in vehicles since we have charging stations at work. The only other option sold locally is the Volt, but the pricing on it was not such that I would save money by driving it.
I TRIED THE VOLT BUT THE PRICE WAS WAY TOO HIGH
I tried the Volt but I wasn't that impressed and the price was way too high. I found the LEAF much more fun to drive.
I HAVE A VOLT AND IT JUST DROVE ME NUTS WHEN I WOULD RUN OUT OF CHARGE
I have a Volt and it just drove me nuts when I would run out of charge and had to run on fuel. I am now able to make my 52 mile round trip commute on all electric!
PLUG-IN PRIUS. 11 MILE ELECTRIC RANGE? BAH!
Plug-in Prius. Almost got talked into it by a pushy salesman...glad I balked: 11 mile electric range? Bah!
MY LEAF WILL HAVE PAID FOR ITSELF.
By the time I've owned my LEAF for 5 years it will have paid for itself and the extra solar panels I put on my house in avoided gasoline expenditures.
SAVING ON GAS MONEY AND PUTTING IT TO MY CHILD'S COLLEGE FUND IS A MUCH BETTER USE OF MY MONEY.
REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE ON MY OLD ICE CAR EXCEEDED $800 ANNUALLY.
In considering the repairs and maintenance on my old ICE car exceeded $800 annually, and the fact that the LEAF has had only $160 in "repairs" in the last two years (cabin filter, wipers, tire rotation), I've saved about $1,440 there alone.
Internal Combustion Engine
A vehicle with an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) that runs on gasoline.
THE VOLT WAS TOO CRAMPED.
We shuttle kids around a lot. Was costing us $200+/month in gas. The LEAF is big enough to be comfortable for our family of 4. (The Volt was too cramped).
IT'S BIG ENOUGH FOR ALL OF US VS. A MINIVAN GETTING 18 MPG.
Comfortable for my family of four. It's big enough for all of us vs. a minivan getting 18 mpg. We also looked at the Volt and it was too crowded for us.
NO GAS, LOW MAINTENANCE.
No gas, low maintenance, way better call quality while driving (easy to hear driving in a silent car), and the fun of talking about the car with everyone who asks!
THE ECONOMICS OF ELECTRIC MADE SENSE.
I was spending $300 per month on gas and the economics of electric made sense. Plus I love not buying gas anymore and not polluting the environment. I have put 25k miles on my LEAF in the last two years.