The Nissan Leaf hasn’t seen too many changes in its time on the road, as it hasn’t had too much competition to fend off. Well, with Tesla now in full swing, Chevrolet working on its all-electric Bolt, and the 2016 Chevy Volt nipping at its heels in EV range, Nissan had no choice but to improve its thrifty EV.
Stylistically, the Leaf is unchanged, but under the skin, it gains one big update. This big change is a new, larger battery in the SV and SL trims. This new 30 kWh battery helps push the Leaf’s range up an extra 23 miles, putting it at 107 miles. For buyers on a budget, the base Leaf S still carries the old 24 kWh battery.
Also new is standard NissanConnect with a 5-inch screen on the S trim, and a new 7-inch screen on the SV and SL trims. On the latter two trims, Nissan Voice Recognition is another new standard feature.
While the aforementioned details on the new features and the longer EV range were announced earlier in the year, what remained unknown until today are the pricing details for the 2016 Leaf. The base Leaf S will start from $29,010, the Leaf SV will check in at $34,200, and the SL will start from $36,790. All three prices are prior to Uncle Sam giving you a $7,500 credit on your taxes for buying this EV.
The price for the base Leaf S remains unchanged when compared to the 2015 model year, the new battery jumps the pricing of the SV and SL models by $2,100 and $1,670, respectively.
The 2016 Leaf is available at dealers now.