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MPG: 106 city/92 hwy
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2012 Nissan Leaf SV

2012 Nissan Leaf Review

(0 Stars)  The best all-electric car you can buy.

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Overview
The Nissan Leaf looks and drives pretty much like any other small hatchback, but it has a secret--it is an electric car. The electric drivetrain doesn't prevent the Leaf from performing like a normal car. Acceleration feels brisk thanks to the electric motor's instantly available 207 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rates the Leaf's driving range at 73 miles per charge, which proved accurate in a two-month test we conducted. However, high-speed highway runs or excessive use of the climate control system can sap the battery's charge rapidly. Fully charging the battery takes twenty-one hours on a household 120-volt outlet or seven hours with a dedicated 240-volt charger. The short driving range and long charge times can give drivers what is known as "range anxiety"--the fear of being stranded with a dead battery--but for many people, the Leaf is suited to use as a daily commuter. The lack of engine noise makes the Leaf extremely quiet--so much so that there's a special sound generator to alert pedestrians to the car's presence at low speeds. With seating for five and generous headroom, the Leaf is fairly roomy inside. Its hatchback design provides a decent amount of cargo space, and the rear seats fold to accommodate larger loads. As befits the world's first mass-market all-electric car, the Leaf abounds with technology: LED headlights, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, and touch-screen navigation are all standard. If you drive short distances and can get over the fear of running out of juice, the Leaf is an outstanding car for urban commuting.

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2012 Leaf SV Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Electric fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 106 MPG city, 92 MPG highway, 99 MPG combined and 100 mi. range
Power (SAE): 107 hp and 207 ft lb of torque

'12 Nissan SV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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