While Tesla kicked electric vehicle sales into overdrive with its Model S and Model 3 sedans, the trailblazing Nissan Leaf, and later Nissan Leaf S Plus, proved that an appetite for EVs existed in the first place.
When it launched in 2011, the Leaf was a strangely shaped hatchback with a maximum range of well under 100 miles. But it sold well enough that Nissan was able to improve upon the formula for the second-generation Leaf that came out for 2018.
For 2022, Nissan is making the Leaf’s price lower across the board compared to the 2021 models. Even better, Nissan has expanded the amount of content on the lower two trim levels. The base Leaf now comes standard with last year’s portable charging cable, while the Leaf SV Plus is now equipped with the previously optional SV Technology package.
We suspect that some shoppers will find the Nissan Leaf S Plus to be a bit unfashionable compared to the Model 3, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Its maximum range isn’t up to par compared to those models either. But the Leaf still makes a lot of sense.