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EVs are now having a moment, but the Nissan Leaf, which has been available since 2010, appears to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Nissan is giving the Leaf some love for 2023, even as it prepares to debut its new, larger, flashier, and more expensive Ariya electric. But only a smidgeon.
The grille, headlights, and bumper have all been updated at the front, although the differences are difficult to see even when comparing photos side by side. Various body features have also been modified to boost aerodynamics, according to Nissan. The Leaf’s unique new multispoke wheels are the prominent new design element. Oh, and because it’s now a thing, the Nissan badge is lighted.
The five models in the 2022 portfolio have been reduced to just two: the entry-level S and the mid-level SV Plus. The basic car, like previously, features a 147-horsepower electric motor and a 40.0-kWh battery pack, both of which seem insignificant in the new competitive scenario. The SV Plus makes a comeback with a 214-hp motor and a 62.0-kWh battery. Front-wheel drive is standard on both variants. The current EPA range estimates for the S and 215 miles for the SV Plus aren’t likely to change much (if at all). In our 75-mph interstate test, the SV Plus lasted 180 miles. It’s worth noting that the Leaf still uses a CHAdeMO charging port.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the cost, which is significant in today’s atmosphere. When the models come this summer, the 2023 Leaf S will start at $28,425 and the SV Plus will start at $36,425.