2021 Nissan Leaf
Estimated acquisition cost over 5 years: $ 37,680
Compared to the segment average: $ -5,906
The Nissan Leaf 2021 vies for popularity in a growing pool of increasingly excellent electric cars with increasing ranges and affordable prices. The fourth victory of the Leaf in our 5-year cost-to-own award for the best electric vehicle is all the more impressive. The outer shape of the Leaf impresses with its attraction and the interior as a place to linger in two respects and functionality.
Starting at $ 31,670 plus destination fees, a pretty good price for an electric vehicle (EV), it takes about eight hours to charge the 2021 Leaf S on a level 2 (240 volts) charger and offers a range of up to 149 miles. Many of the latest EVs offer much better range, which is why the more powerful Leaf Plus was developed. This model starts at $ 38,270 with a range of up to 226 miles and 11.5 hours for a Level 2 charge. The sheet is also eligible for federal tax credits, as well as state and local credits as appropriate.
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Drive the tide
Like all electric vehicles, the Nissan NSANY +1.84% of the Leaf delivers full power straight away, and while the Leaf can’t be confused with a rocket, the Leaf Plus actually spins with impressive acceleration. To stop, you can simply take your foot off the accelerator pedal using the Leaf’s e-pedal function for efficient, regenerative battery charging to a complete standstill.
KBB’s expert report clearly summarizes the benefits of owning Leaf and also argues for its low 5-year inventory costs: “Before the Tesla TSLA with + 4.58% Model 3 hit the market, the Leaf was the best-selling electric vehicle of the world. With the weight of an established company like Nissan behind it and an extensive dealer network, the Leaf could be a good choice for buyers taking cautious steps towards their first EV. The Leaf is also reliable and maintenance costs are low as there are not many components that need to be replaced on a regular basis. “
The basic Nissan Leaf S has a range of serviceable standard features, including keyless entry, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple AAPL, +1.90% CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility (even not a given today), and 250 credit USD in certain cases areas.
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Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 is standard on every Leaf, offering both peace of mind and legitimate safety. This impressive safety package includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring (very popular, but still too seldom standard in new vehicles) and a collision warning.
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KBB’s 5-year cost-to-own is the total amount of vehicle-related costs that you are likely to need to cover for the first 5 years after owning a car. This includes expenses such as fuel and insurance as well as vehicle depreciation (depreciation).
This story originally ran on KBB.com.