Pricing for the facelifted 2023 Nissan Leaf has been announced ahead of its on-sale date this summer. Starting at $28,895 for the base S trim, the hatchback manages to keep things affordable despite the $470 price increase over the 2022 model year. Opt for the SV Plus grade and you’re looking at $36,895 or $8,000 more. That puts the car in the same ballpark as other affordable electrified vehicles including hybrids like the Toyota Prius and other affordable battery-electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
2023 Nissan Leaf: Carryover Powertrains
The 2023 Nissan Leaf model range is down to two trims. Base S variants use a 40-kWh battery and an electric motor making 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. SV Plus models get a 60-kWh pack along with extra grunt at 214 hp and 250 lb-ft. The base model is good for 149 miles according to the EPA while the Leaf Plus can travel 212 miles per charge, a three-mile drop over the 2022 car.
On the charging front, the Leaf’s onboard charger takes in up to 6.6 kW of power. That gets you to 100 percent in 11.5 hours using a level 2 AC charger for both variants. DC charging to 80 percent takes 40 minutes in the S trim or 60 percent in the SV Plus. While the Leaf can technically DC charge at up to 100 kW, the passively cooled battery means it rarely reaches its peak. Additionally, it’s the only EV left on the market using the ChaDeMO.
Subtle Tweaks and Lots of Standard Kit
Standard features on the Leaf include cloth upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and keyless entry/start. The SV Plus grade adds heated front seats, a surround-view camera system, LED headlights, built-in navigation, and fog lights. Both trims get a full suite of collision prevention systems including front and rear automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitoring. Driver attention alert and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous system are exclusive to the SV Plus. Nissan kept the design tweaks minimal on the 2023 Leaf subtle. It gets reshaped headlights, a revised front fascia with less chrome, and 17-inch alloy wheels inspired by the Chill-Out Concept shown at last year’s Ambition 2030 presentation. Finally, the Leaf sports Nissan’s new logo inside and out.
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