2017 LEAF Owner Reviews (2)
Harambe 2018-04-12 19:45:00
Love this for my daily commute.
Great Car for Limited Purpose
With tax credits our 2013 Leaf cost us significantly under $20 K new. We have solar electric, reducing our carbon footprint and long term cost. We use the car to commute to work from the Denver suburbs and run local errands, and it works well for us. Our use is very predictable and there are plenty of charging stations at the places in the mountains, like Estes Park. The car recharges itself on the way back down the mountain. The only adverse surprise so far is the impact of new tires on range. Pirelli's "low rolling resistance" all weather tire dropped the range over 20 percent. We took it back within Discount's return period and will go with the Nissan specified version of Bridgestone's Ecopia, the original tire on the vehicle. The downsides of this very lightweight tire are relatively low tread life (we got 33K) and vulnerability to impacts with curbs and potholes. Flat tires are a problem because the Leaf has no spare. Bridgestone has a heavier (greater rolling resistance) version of this tire that comes with a 65K mile warranty, but the manufacturer does not warrant anything about the Nissan specified tire. However, from my research it appears that no other tire will get you close to the range you come to expect from the original period of ownership. Consumer reports suggests the maximum difference is less than 10 percent but that has not been our experience. Still, we love our Leaf and don't need the newer version with greater battery capacity.