Electric car-2015 Nissan Leaf


As a recent past lease owner of a Nissan Leaf for three years:
positives: no emissions
no oil
no gas
$395.00 paid to Nissan: never buying or leasing another Nissan product
One 480 volt charging station within a 40 mile radius of home
2015 year of vehicle, max mileage range=70 miles, flat surface, 70+degrees F, no fan, no lights, no
wipers, drive 45mph
normal mileage range=50 miles (not 106)
when driving in a four season climate: no heat below 40 degrees F outside air
driving more than ten minutes in winter, freeze in car, leaks air badly
regenerate battery: 3 percent down 7 miles of mountain
18 percent used going up same 7 mile slope
charging time, after driving 40 miles at night in rain, 70 mph, used 82 percent
Do not lease, never buy this vehicle.


Leasing is economically unsound no matter who you lease from.

I do not understand why paying $395 to Nissan has convinced you never to buy a Nissan.

It’s well known that the 1st gen Leaf is not a long-range vehicle. If you needed longer range than it offered, why did you lease it?


Those drivability problems do seem to be extremely limiting, but since you only paid $395 for the car, at least you got a bargain price when you bought it.


If there were only one gas station within 40 miles of your home would you buy a conventional car?

The Leaf is a fair weather city commuter car, it was never meant for highway driving or hily terrain.

I have two friends who own a Leaf, both are happy with it and recognize the limitations.


Someone did not do any research at all before signing the lease agreement. Is that $395.00 the monthly payment ?


Perhaps it is the monthly payment, but the paucity of details from the OP makes it sound like the total purchase price of this vehicle was less than $400.
Could the OP provide more details and some clarification of his/her original post?


$395 is the fee to turn in the car, would normally be waived if buying or leasing another Nissan.


Data from owners rates the Leaf as better than average for reliability and owner satisfaction. It has been redesigned for 2018.

Why did the OP’s 2015 fell so short on owner satisfaction? (Consumer Reports does not report on Lessee’s satisfaction, as far as I know.) Something wrong with this particular car that Nissan did not find and fix? Why? Was the Leaf a poor fit for this driver’s driving needs and conditions? Could that have been predicted and avoided?

One advantage of leasing is you know the way out and you don’t have to try to sell or trade in a car you own and despise.


The practical range on the car is about half the advertised max range. If a shifty dealer sold you on a 105mi range and get 50mi than satisfaction is going to be low. I’ve heard this as a common complaint. It’s only an issue if you were mislead.