2011 Nissan LEAF Reviews

5 out of 5

Welcome to the future!

Jul 31, 2011

Its been a month that I have owned the Leaf and put on over a thousand miles. My favorite has been the torque and the 0 to 30 acceleration. I blows other cars away. Its as quiet as a Rolls and people do not need to yell on their cell phones while driving on the freeway. One thing to keep in mind is that when you drive in ECO mode the regeneration allows you to be easy the brakes. so watch the rear view mirror. So far only one time have I experienced the dreaded range anxiety disease. I did drive it over 100 miles and the range left was 6 miles and I was 12 miles from home at midnight. I live 3 miles from the Nissan dealer that has a charger but found that they chain off the lot and charger at closing. I have found the biggest electron eaters are speed and hills with climate control third. Traffic can be your friend for the extra miles. No problems yet except for last night the car would not charge. I finally tried to do a unplug and reset of the charging station and that did it. The car is really a door to the future. It won't take care of all the needs you have but can do over 80% of everything else. If you think about it, how many times do you drive over 80 miles a day? As an only car possibly no, but as a second car a resounding yes!! I pay about $2.80 to fully charge for about 80 miles. One thing no one talks about is the great parking and free charging the car gets on the road. I have season tickets to the music center here in LA and across the street is the Department of Water and Power. I get to park for free and get a charge at the same time. With all the rebates and incentives the car out the door cost me a grand total of $25,492 including charger and installation. Once the future 440 volt level 3 chargers get installed I will be even more happy. Right now there are only 2 in CA. US Walgreens will be installing 800 level 2 and 3 chargers by the end of the year. I plan to drive to Washington in the near future when I can plan the charging to meet my demand

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