2013 Nissan LEAF S Automatic Sedan FWD 

  • $29k
  • 24 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 129 city 102 hwy
9.9 Out of 10
For 2013, Nissan has made subtle, invisible tweaks to the Leaf's aerodynamics that it says cut the drag coefficient by one point, to 0.28.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Black interior fabric is also now available as an option to the pale grey velvety standard upholstery, which is made from recycled plastic bottles.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Nissan LEAF


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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nissan LEAF

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Model S Base

Time to Charge Battery From zero to ready to go, charging time in hours.

8 hours
Prius Plug-In
1.5 hours
C-Max Energi SEL
2.5 hours

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Prius V Two
Prius c One

Reviews Word on the street for the Nissan LEAF

The 2013 Nissan Leaf is a strikingly styled compact five-door hatchback in shape, but from the driver's seat, it's a remarkably quiet five-person car with smooth performance and middle-of-the-pack acceleration.

The Leaf uses a 340-volt battery pack to power an electric drive motor, which drives the front wheels with 107 horsepower and 187 pounds-feet of torque.

In base "S" form, the 2013 Nissan Leaf includes automatic climate control, keyless access with push-button start, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a 4-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port for portable music players.


8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The 2013 Nissan Leaf is comfortable to ride in, very quiet in operation, and has a lot of interior volume.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
The 2013 Nissan Leaf's contemporary exterior is complemented by a futuristic yet user-friendly interior.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)
For 2013, Nissan has added leather upholstery as standard to the Leaf SL top trim level-fulfilling a common request from buyers.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


Its top speed is capped at 90 mph to conserve energy, but it will propel the 3,200-pound electric car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds-hardly blazing, but adequate for daily traffic.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
The Leaf's 80-kilowatt (107-horsepower) electric motor produces a respectable 187 lb-ft of torque.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Press on the brakes and you'll notice that the 2013 Leaf lacks the vague, unnatural brake feel associated with most regenerative braking systems.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)


Tossing the 2013 Leaf around twisty roads highlights the basic specification: It's a tall, heavy car on fairly small tires (especially the 16-inch wheels on lower-level models), and it carries much of its mass low down in the floorpan (which contains the battery).
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
But its handling and roadholding are far from top of the class.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Other changes for 2013 include available black upholstery (previously all Leafs used a pale grey synthetic fabric made out of recycled plastic bottles), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and long sun visors.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


Although it might seem as if Nissan's design team borrowed a few styling cues from a 1980s sci-fi film, the Leaf's unconventional shape was developed to optimize aerodynamic efficiency.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)
The Leaf looks like nothing else on our roads, really, with a design Nissan aimed to make "iconic, but not weird.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Recharging the Leaf is a relatively simple process, as the charge port resides conveniently within the front grille area.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)


This means there's not all that much body roll, but the numb controls don't encourage sporty driving either.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
The 2013 Nissan Leaf accelerates smoothly, though its steering and handling feel somewhat remote and it's hardly sporty.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
And high-speed travel feels breathless, with steering feel getting heavier and acceleration falling off noticeably above 50 or 60 mph as aerodynamic drag starts to increase notably.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Nissan
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
MSRP $29k
Annual cost $6,303

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 6.4 m³
CO2 per car made 0.76 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,080 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 7.77 kg

power & handling

Max HP 107 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 30.43 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.2 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 4 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control N/A
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 10
EPA GHG score 10
Combined CO2/mile 0 g
Lifetime CO2 emissions 0 tons

engine & drivetrain

Air compressor None
Fuel Plug-in EV
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 1-speed Automatic 2WD
240V charge time 8 hours
Motor output 80 kW
Battery capacity 24 kWh
Battery specific energy 87.9 Watt-hour/kg
Regenerative braking axles Front

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 11.14 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.5 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 205 mm
Front wheel diameter 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 69.7 in
Front track width 60.6 in
Height 61 in
Ground clearance 6.3 in
Length 175 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in
Curb weight 3,256 lb
GVWR 4,193 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 55 ft³
Rear seat room 38 ft³
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