For more than a decade, the LEAF has been one of the most impressive and reliable compact hatchbacks on the road, with fun performance and an all-electric design that cannot be beat. Whether you have been interested in this model for a while, or this is your first look at it, the 2022 Nissan LEAF is an amazing option that you should definitely consider for your next vehicle. With its small size and remarkable performance, not only is the LEAF incredibly affordable, but it offers a driving experience that you really have to feel to believe, with everything you have heard regarding the rush of going electric.
For example, since this is an Electric Vehicle (EV), the Nissan LEAF has instant torque that responds the moment you press the pedal. Speaking of the pedal, the LEAF features an e-Pedal that lets you handle acceleration and braking all with a single pedal, though there is still a dedicated brake for when you need to stop quickly. This makes getting through a morning commute or unexpected traffic jam a lot easier since you can cruise along with minimal effort. With regenerative braking, you can extend the already-impressive range of the Nissan LEAF even further, particularly when going up and down a lot of hills.
Inside the 2022 Nissan LEAF, you will find plenty of space for everything you need to take with you thanks to luxurious, comfortable seating with 60/40-split rear seats that you can easily lower to get up to 30 cubic feet of total cargo space behind the front seats. The next-level technology of the LEAF really lets you get the most out of your vehicle, with an 8-inch infotainment display and full connectivity with your smartphone. A customizable driver display keeps all of the info you want within your eye-line, and an available Bose premium audio system sounds amazing and is energy efficient. Combine all of this with some of the best standard and available safety features in the industry, and you have an EV hatchback that cannot be beat.
When you look at any EV model, one of the most important things to consider is the battery and motor system that it comes with. Much like how you would check out the engine on a conventional vehicle, much of an EV’s performance comes down to the battery and motor and how they all work together. Although the 2022 Nissan LEAF is a compact model, it still has two fantastic options for the motor and battery, so you can get the level of power that you want.
No matter which setup you choose, the LEAF is powered by a single motor on the front axle, so they all have front-wheel drive. The standard option, which you get on the S and SV trims, is a 110-kW electric motor that puts out 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of instant torque for you to enjoy. If you want boosted performance, then you can choose one of the Plus trim levels, which have great features and more power. The Plus trims have a 160-kW electric motor, which delivers 214 hp and 250 lb-ft of instant torque for a thrilling ride that is a lot of fun on the road.
These two different motor options also have different batteries, so the range and charging times can vary depending on which one you choose. With the standard motor, you get a 40-kWh battery that gives you up to 149 miles of estimated range; the more powerful motor comes with a 62-kWh battery with up to 226 miles of estimated range. As you can see, that is a fairly significant difference, so it is important to consider your driving habits and where you want to go when picking the right LEAF model.
Charging the 2022 Nissan LEAF is simple, thanks to a number of options. At home, you can easily charge the LEAF through a standard 120-V outlet or by using a 240-V charging station, which can fully charge the standard 40-kWh battery in just 8 hours. All models support DC Fast Charging, and with the 62-kWh battery, you can get an 80% charge in just 45 minutes using a 100-kW quick-charge terminal.
Whenever you are looking at a prospective vehicle, it is important to consider the kinds of features that it has for you to enjoy while you are behind the wheel. The performance and other options are always important, of course, but you also want to keep in mind how you will interact with your vehicle every day. Despite the fact that the 2022 Nissan LEAF is one of the most budget-friendly EVs on the market, it still has a wide range of impressive features.
One of the best things about the LEAF is how it functions NissanConnect EV and Services App, which lets you connect to your vehicle with your smartphone or similar device. This makes it easy to view your vehicle’s charge, check on time remaining while charging, and monitor other aspects of the LEAF through your phone. You can use your phone like a remote control to lock your doors, check your headlights, and even activate climate control to get your LEAF comfortable before you even get in. You can even access these features through a smartwatch app, putting control over your LEAF right on your wrist.
Inside the 2022 Nissan LEAF, you will find a wide range of impressive technology features, including an 8-inch infotainment display. This is customizable, letting you put things where you want them and providing you with software and map updates over Wi-Fi to keep things as simple as possible. There is also a 7-inch digital driver display that provides you with additional information right at your sightline. You get great USB connectivity, including a USB-C port, and there is an available Bose Energy Efficient Series Premium audio system with seven speakers designed to provide an incredible audio experience while going easy on the battery.
No matter what else you are interested in with a car, you should always look at its safety features. Nothing else matters if a vehicle cannot help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. While nothing can replace safe, careful driving, the standard suite of safety features in the 2022 Nissan LEAF includes some of the best technology available anywhere.
It all starts with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 package of features, which comes standard on every LEAF model, regardless of trim level. This includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, which monitors your speed and distance between you and a vehicle ahead of you, warning you when you need to slow down, and it can detect pedestrians in a crosswalk. You also get Rear Automatic Braking, which monitors the area behind your vehicle while you are backing up and can automatically stop to help avoid a rear collision, plus a Rear Cross Traffic Alert that warns you when someone is passing behind your vehicle.
The standard safety features also include a Blind Spot Warning that alerts you when someone is in your blind zones, along with a Lane Departure Warning to alert you when you seem to be drifting from your lane. Nissan Lane Monitoring Technology includes an Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system that can watch up to two cars ahead of you to warn you about sudden deceleration up ahead. Plus, Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention can apply the brakes if you start to drift toward a vehicle in your blind spot.
Even with such impressive standard safety features, there are a few extra options available. You can get an Intelligent Around View Monitor that provides you with a virtual 360-degree view around your vehicle while you are at low speeds. Available ProPILOT Assist will automatically keep a set distance between you and a vehicle ahead of you: it can come to a complete stop and then bring you back to speed when traffic starts moving. This is Nissan’s semi-autonomous driving technology, and it can help keep you centered on the highway while taking some of the stress out of stop-and-go driving.