2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf

How strange is it to report yet another drop in Nissan Leaf leasing prices? About as strange as an Associated Press writer quoting a guy named Reuter.

Nissan, which at one time was charging customers $349 a month to lease the all-electric Leaf, has recently dropped that rate to as low as $219 a month, according to the AP. Customers can get that rate if they agree to a 32-month lease with $2,999 down. In June, Nissan dropped its monthly lease rate to $289 a month for a 39-month lease; it subsequently decreased the rate to $249 a month.

The latest price cut comes after slow demand for the first mass-produced EV sold in the U.S. 2012 Nissan Leaf sales in the U.S., through September, at 5,212 units, were down 28 percent from a year earlier, even though September's sales were the best in 12 months.

Nissan spokesman David Reuter told the AP that Leaf sales had been hampered by expanding distribution to all 50 states and away from areas like California, where the most Leafs are sold. Reuter also estimated that about 70 percent of Leafs are purchases outright, while 30 percent of the cars are leased. U.S. production is scheduled to start in Tennessee in December.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 32 Comments
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      They gotta do something to move those Leafs. They are just not selling at the current price and the whole Arizona debacle is not going to help. It is a nice car but at $35+K, the GM Volt is more compelling .
        Vlad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Whatever the reason, it's a fantastic deal.
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan wants to get rid of current version of Leaf plagued without a thermo-management as the Tennesee production model coming on-line in December will produce a longer range version with better thermo managment.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Levine Levine
        I was reading these same stories and looking forward to longer range in the 2013 models. However, Nissan has recently officially stated that their will be no battery upgrade in the 2013 model and no battery cooling. There may be in the 2013 "refresh" of the line but not the first batch. I hope they are fibbing to unload current stock, but so far seems like they keeping with this no new model improvements battery wise. There will be an optional 6.6 charger and a economy version that will be cheaper.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now we're getting into a decent price range for a small grocery-getter/commuter! Help me out: I've got 3-phase power available, with two 70amp circuits available. What's the best charger I could get for the least damage done to the battery, while keeping the costs reasonable?
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        A 240V L2 EVSE will use 16A (requires 20A breaker) for the Leaf & Volt. Now when 6.6kW charging comes out for the Leaf, you will need an EVSE capable of 30 or 32A (requires 40A breaker). A lot of people like the Schneider 30A L2 for about $750 from Home Depot. GE wattstation is another good choice from ontility.com is $750 plus $45 shipping.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MTN RANGER
          Looks nice, but need something for four passengers and gear.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MTN RANGER
          If I'm leasing a Leaf, I'm not too concerned about what the battery will be like after my term is up. It would be used as a grocery getter, and for short shopping hops; a 15-mile radius at most, so even if I destroy the range down to 30 miles, it isn't a problem (since it's a lease, no worries...)
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MTN RANGER
          If you're leasing the car with the intent of using it as a daily driver for one's commute, and partway through the lease, you end up needing another vehicle for your commute, then you're overspending once the car doesn't do what you intended. The only advantage is that you aren't stuck with it, or any lost market value, after the 3rd year is up.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MTN RANGER
          SVX, I'm in the same boat as Michael Chiacos above. I've commuted by bike for decades now, and that isn't going to change. OTOH, a cheap EV that can be used to drive all my gear (and friends) to the marina is worth consideration. Not owning a car all those years allow other toys... http://www.boaterslanding.com/Page.aspx/pmId/290571/pageId/11811/view/Overview/Brochure-Search.aspx
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MTN RANGER
          @LTAW: Have you looked at the Smart EV? That's redefining "cheap EV" with a starting price of $25k, before $7.5k Federal rebate. If you get state/local rebates it's even better.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      "I bike to work and don't drive much" Interesting position to be in. You don't need a car to get to work, so it's just a question of errands which generate more weight than what you comfortably & reasonably carry on your bike. Your mileage is probably well under 5k annually. I think the deciding point is whether / how often you head out of Santa Barbara to LA / OC / Vegas / SF, and if so, whether you'd prefer to use your own car, or make arrangements with a rental. Regardless, if you're looking at a Leaf, you should be looking at a functional range roughly 80% of the EPA 73 miles, so 60 miles round trip. From a purely practical standpoint, I think a used Prius would drive the cheapest net cost for you. Tho your low annual miles will make anything cheap.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      This really helps! Leasing is usually not a smart choice, unless you have good reason not to take on the risks of owning. Questions and concerns about battery life... has caused a lot of people to want to avoid risk. It is a smart move. GM lowered the price of the Volt, and it really took off. Nissan should have done this months ago.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's quite a deal, i kinda want one now that i have a garage..!
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      @Vlad - I was looking at the 3-year "degraded" performance, not they 1st year "new" performance. Michael bikes to work, and was looking at a Volt, so his RT is almost certainly under 40 miles. I wouldn't be surprised if his RT were under 15 miles (7-8 miles each way), and the car would be for when it's raining / needs to run errands. Assume 2 commutes of 35 miles, 1 weekend trip of 50 miles, 1 monthly trip of 80 miles, and 1 annual trip of 300 miles, and it's 7,500 miles total. If it's 1 commute of 25 miles, , 1 weekend trip of 50 miles, 1 monthly trip of 75 miles, and 1 annual trip of 200 miles, and it's 5,000 miles total. A 40+ mpg Prius will burn no more than 180 gallons annually (15 gallons monthly); at $5/gal, that's less than $75 in gas per month. Could be closer to $40 in gas each month. With CPO Prius being cheap and plentiful in SoCal, and dead reliable I think that's a pretty safe call.
      Vlad
      • 2 Years Ago
      @SVX: I charge to 80%, and have 2-3 bars left after a 50 mile trip. 70 miles are definitely realistic. Now, if you use a heater, or take 4 people on board, or drive on a highway...
      rjstanford
      • 2 Years Ago
      If that includes the charger, that'd actually be a little tempting. 2-1/2 years of interesting transportation for a hair over $10K...
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rjstanford
        In California, I think you need to go 3 years for full credits.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just looked up the lease deal here in Santa Barbara, CA and Nissan's website says I could get a SV for $199/month with $1999 down, plus taxes. With the CA $2500 rebate that is a smokin' deal! I was just about to pull the trigger on a Volt, but now may have to go LEAF.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just looked up the lease deal here in Santa Barbara, CA and Nissan's website says I could get a SV for $199/month with $1999 down, plus taxes. With the CA $2500 rebate that is a smokin' deal! I was just about to pull the trigger on a Volt, but now may have to go LEAF.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been looking around and the best I could find was $331/month after all taxes, with $1500 down for 10,000 miles/year, for three years on a base model. We get a $1500 rebate here in CA. I bike to work and don't drive much, so this cost was hard to justify but the lower LEAF lease might be just what I'm looking for.
    • Load More Comments
    Advertisement
    2015 Nissan LEAF
    MSRP: $29,010 - $35,120
    2014 Nissan LEAF
    MSRP: $28,980 - $35,020
    2013 Nissan LEAF
    MSRP: $28,800 - $34,840
    2012 Nissan LEAF
    MSRP: $35,200 - $37,250
    2011 Nissan LEAF
    MSRP: $32,780 - $33,720
    Advertisement