Nissan Leaf 5 year review

My review of our 5 year old Nissan Leaf from 2011. It’s been going and going and going. A great little car, that has beat 4 winters here in Calgary!!

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25 Replies to “Nissan Leaf 5 year review”

  1. Vincent Lorion

    Own a 2012 and this review could be the exact same review I would make. Word for word. Well done. Best advice I usually tell folks, is buy it as your second car, and you’ll soon find out it’ll become your primary.

  2. Jay Fulton

    Mike's experience matches my experience with a used 2014 nissan leaf. Low expenses for maintenance, and big savings from not purchasing gasoline. I live in Maine, USA. We've never been stuck. We charge at home. in 18 months, I've only charged at EvGO 3 times. I estimate my energy cost at less than 4 cents per rolling mile!

  3. Brett Vogel

    Nice vague review of the ugliest car ever built. Has anything broken, tire wear, brake wear ,etc. i fell asleep half way through the video and had to double the video speed to get to the end. Imagine how well they would sell if they looked like as good as a Civic. Based on that strange patch of hair on your face, looks are obviously not important to you.

  4. DonKing86

    I know a leaf owner who used like 12 hours on a 240 km total round trip, which I use like 4 hours with shopping. He had like 40km of range in the winter between charging while freezing inside the car. Don't buy an old leaf thinking it can replace the family car. No range anxiety my ass. "You just fill it up". don't, you wait in a line for hours, then you charge for over an hour. Yes, if you can use it to work and charge at night it's great, but don't think it can be used on long family trips.

  5. Vincent Robinette

    You accidentally got a couple of thing right. One, low temperature. anything to keep from heating up the battery cells, prolongs their service lives. two, reduced charge rates. Batteries will last longer if charged at a lower rate, for a longer time. Internally, it allows a more uniform intercalation of the lithium ions into the electrodes, causing less damage per cycle. If you have the time, slow charge is best. It's probably a good thing, that you haven't had a chance to use the fast charge port. Especially with a low capacity battery. When it gets really cold, Lithium batteries won't take a fast charge. The only other thing, is keeping your foot out of it. All that acceleration is a lot of fun, but a big detriment to the battery in the long run. If you drive for maximum range, not only will you get more distance from a single charge, but your battery will maintain its capacity for more charges, greatly extending the Kilometers you get out of the battery before it loses so much capacity that you finally have to replace it. Remember, you do have to include the replacement cost of the battery in your overall cost per kilometer. I'm really glad to see the success you're having with the electric vehicle. I drive a hybrid now, and really like it, but, 258,000 miles(412,800 kilometers) on the odometer, it's getting grey around the whiskers. My next car won't come with the optional combustion engine.

  6. zilfondel

    Good review – we've had our 2015 used Leaf for 2 years now (lease return), got it for $12k and it has been the best car I've ever owned, which is saying a lot. Fuel price is nil, no maintenance needed, very quiet, very maneuverable for the city, gets good range in city driving. However, it is not going to get you very far in the country. Its a great commuter car as it is super cheap to operate. As this guy noted, gas and maintenance savings will pay for a new battery. In any case, my battery is warrantied for 8 years until 2023.

  7. z0uLess

    We have had ours since 2011 aswell and I disagree with the ending of the video. It is a bit more hassle with the range and finding spots for charging than driving a car on fossil fuels. Especially at the start when the charging infrastructure was not built up. I bet Oslo, Norway (where I live) has one of the densest number of high speed charging stations now. The city also made sure quite early to set up free (slow) charging and free parking all over the city. I like the sport of driving economically tho – it makes you not waste energy. Also, its not about not driving fast, but to drive steadily and planning long ahead to not lose momentum unnecessarily.

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