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Which 2022 Nissan LEAF is Right for You?

Find out which version of Nissan’s pioneering EV is the right choice as your next new electric car.

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With most automakers looking at electrification, the number of electric vehicles (EVs) going on sale in Canada continues to grow each year. So, it may be easy to overlook Nissan’s LEAF, one of the first modern EVs that went on sale for the 2011 model year, now in its second generation that debuted for 2018.

If you forgot the modern EV formula, Nissan’s 5-passenger, front-wheel-drive compact hatchback EV is powered by an electric motor energized by a lithium-ion battery mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. 

Through four trim levels, Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices in Canadian dollars start with the $37,498 LEAF SV, equipped with a 40-kilowatt per hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery and 110-kilowatt (kW) electric motor that delivers 147 horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque, and up to 240 kilometres of range before needing to be plugged in. 

Standard equipment includes plenty of technology, like Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist, NissanConnect/Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and LEAF-specific NissanCONNECT EV and Services that lets you control select vehicle functions (like charge times and pre-conditioning the cabin) from your smartphone.

If you need more driving range, the three remaining LEAF PLUS trims get a more powerful 160-kW motor that produces 214 horsepower, 250 pound-feet of torque, and a battery with a greater 62-kWh capacity, increasing the range up to 363 kilometres (on the LEAF S PLUS only).

Qualified buyers may also be eligible for potential Canadian provincial and federal EV purchase incentives. And while the LEAF is covered by Nissan’s standard 3-year/60,000 comprehensive warranty, its batteries are warrantied for up eight years and 160,000 kilometres.

Locating the battery pack under LEAF’s floor means a slightly raised ride height compared with a regular, gas-engine hatchback. It’s the smartest way to do it, because it optimizes interior space. It’s also good news for those who prefer an elevated driving position when driving in traffic among taller vehicles.

On the road, the 2022 Nissan LEAF’s ride is comfortable on highways, yet the Nissan EV is still nicely responsive in town. The LEAF’s E-Pedal Mode harnesses energy through brake regeneration so that taking your foot off the accelerator slows the car rather than just allowing it to coast. It’s essentially one-pedal driving, saving the driver from the extra effort of switching between the pedals during the stop/go nature of city traffic. 

Like all modern EVs, the only real learning curve in owning a LEAF is getting into the habit of connecting to a charger instead of making the trip to a traditional gas station.

 

To help you make the right call on your next new Nissan compact EV, here's a breakdown of the 2022 LEAF’s trim levels:

2022 Nissan LEAF SV - Starting MSRP: $37,498 CAD 

Key standard features include:

  • 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • ProPILOT Assist: Steering Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control/Full Speed Range & Hold
  • NissanConnect/Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • NissanCONNECT EV & Services

 

2022 Nissan LEAF S PLUS - Starting MSRP: $40,098 CAD 

Includes or replaces SV features, plus:

  • 62-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • Quick Charge port/100 kW throughout
  • Intelligent Forward Collision

 

2022 Nissan LEAF SV PLUS - Starting MSRP: $43,098 CAD 

Includes or replaces S PLUS features, plus:

  • Intelligent Emergency Braking/Pedestrian Detection
  • Heated front seats

 

2022 Nissan LEAF SL PLUS - Starting MSRP: $46,098 CAD 

Includes or replaces SV PLUS features, plus:

  • Integrated turn signals in outside mirrors
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Bose Premium Audio System/AM/FM/CD/QVGA colour monitor
     
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