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2013 Nissan Leaf [w/video]

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It Look at the 2013 Nissan Leaf – even one parked next to a 2012 model – and you'll be hard-pressed to spot the differences. Changes and updates have been made, but you have to know the details to tell. It's sort of like listening to a hipster tell you why Interpol and The National have completely different sounds. Nissan says it didn't reinvent the Leaf because what the company has created is working. Over 25,000 Leafs have been sold in the US – 62,000 around the world – since the car went on sale in late 2010. That may not sound... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
AC synchronous motor
Power:
107 HP / 187 LB-FT
Transmission:
Single-Speed
Base Price:
$28,800
As-Tested Price:
$36,910
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    Official: Semi-autonomous Nissan Leaf certified for road use in Japan [w/video]
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    Plug-in vehicle fans are getting ready to party this weekend as the Third Annual National Plug In Day hits cities worldwide. With events taking place Saturday and Sunday in over 95 cities (mostly in the US, but also in Holland and Canada), there's a lot of variety in what, exactly, the parties will look like. Racer Leilani Münter will show off her ...

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    Nissan Leaf TV ad asks 'Why gas?'
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    August 2013: Everything's Coming Up Green Edition
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    260.5 EVs set world record for electric vehicle parade [w/video]
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    Official: Nissan promising autonomous car production by 2020
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