2016 Nissan Leaf


Nissan strengthened its position as the manufacturer of the top selling mainstream battery electric vehicle with the announcement that the 2016 Leaf SV and SL models will have 107 miles of range after upgrading to a higher-capacity battery. The new 30kWh battery pack uses improved chemistry that increases power density without taking up more space.

The 2016 Leaf also gets a visual upgrade with three strikingly beautiful new paint colors - Forged Bronze, Coulis Red and Deep Blue Pearl - which will give the car, not known for its styling, second looks in any parking lot. Seventeen-inch aluminum alloy wheels give the SV and SL models a little more visual flair than the hubcaps of the entry level S model. The SL model gets a few other minor changes including LED headlights, fog lights and a Photovoltaic Solar Panel Spoiler, which trickle charges the 12-volt battery and can run vehicle accessories like a cooling fan.

The Leaf S now features a 5.0-inch color display standard and SV and SL models get a 7.0-inch touchscreen display. A new user interface as well as improved connectivity are designed to make the entire system more user friendly by using an improved graphic interface as well as better integrated voice-commands for navigation and audio, HD radio, and SiriusXM Travel Link.

The new battery pushes the Leaf towards the front of the range contest, with only the $70,000 + Tesla offering greater reach.

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