2022 Nissan LEAF

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The Nissan LEAF returns in a big way for model year 2022. Not only does this latest iteration feature a significantly lower starting price than the outgoing model, but it also gets a standard fast-charger, and the SV Plus trim level receives the equipment from the Technology Package as standard fare. The ’22 LEAF still boasts the same excellent driving range and spacious, tech-laden interior as before, but with those notable upgrades it’s able to contend with some of the bigger and more expensive names in the EV segment (we’re talking about you, Tesla). So, for the budget-conscious driver who’s had their eyes peeled for an accessible alternative-fuel vehicle, the ’22 LEAF is certainly worth checking out.

Versions, Trims, and Powertrains

The Nissan LEAF is an all-electric hatchback made in two versions (LEAF and LEAF Plus) and three trim levels (S, SV, and SL). The SL is sold exclusively as a Plus model, while the Plus packaging is an optional upgrade for the S and SV. The regular LEAFs come with a 40-kWh battery that gives 149 miles of all-electric range. With the LEAF Plus you’ll get a 62-kWh battery that provides 226 miles of range in the S and 215 miles in the SV and SL. The LEAF Plus models also have a more powerful electric motor that makes 214 hp; the regular LEAF’s motor produces 147 hp.

S and S Plus

The S level makes life easy with keyless entry, automatic headlights, and automatic climate control. It also has a 12-volt power outlet, four USB ports, push-button start, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback, and 16-inch steel wheels. Also, its charge port is illuminated for when you have to plug in when it’s dark. Nissan Safety Shield 360 comes standard as well, equipping the LEAF S with forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot intervention.

Besides the larger motor (and its 67 additional horsepower) and battery (yielding 77 more miles of range), the S Plus gets alloy wheels (still 16 inches) while the other equipment stays the same.

SV and SV Plus

Both the SV and SV Plus load in more standard features, such as fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, and NissanConnect Services, which lets you keep tabs on your vehicle from your smartphone. Winter driving is more comfortable, too, with a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and a more efficient hybrid heater system. The infotainment system in these mid-grade trims adds a pair of speakers along with SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation.

Buyers of the SV can add the Technology Package to get a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, LED headlights and daytime running lights, an electronic parking brake, and a big boost in driver-assist technologies: ProPilot Assist (adaptive cruise control with lane centering), a surround-view monitor, and driver attention warning. The SV Plus gets the contents of the Technology Package as standard equipment.

SL Plus

The SL Plus is equipped like the SV Plus, but it gets a significant audio upgrade with a Bose sound system that has seven speakers.