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2015 Nissan Leaf

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Nissan Leaf highlights

Customer reviews

4.8 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Spacious and comfortable interior
  • Versatile electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack
  • Plenty of features available, many as standard

Cons

  • The base model 3.3 kW charger is slow
  • Mediocre acceleration and performance

Battery range (EPA estimate)

84 miles

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A stylish, compact EV for city life

There's never been a better time to make the switch to an electric vehicle, especially for day-to-day city driving and urban commuting. And since its debut in 2011, the Nissan Leaf has been at the head of the pack. The 2015 Nissan Leaf is a stylish and dependable compact EV with plenty of charm on the outside and plenty of space and comfort on the inside. In fact, the Nissan Leaf is #2 on our best electric cars list! Read on to find out why it's been so popular with CarMax buyers.

With a lengthy feature list, a versatile electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack, this car is tailor-made for those looking for a new urban runabout that can handle daily driving in and around town with ease. Whether it's the morning commute to work or the weekly trip to the grocery store, the 2015 Nissan Leaf will get you there and back.

In this review, we'll go into detail on the 2015 Nissan Leaf range, the features you need to look out for, and what the different trim options might mean for you.

All Nissan Leaf years

New for 2015

  • Leaf trims have been upgraded with Rear Seat Heaters and Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • The S trim now comes with Cruise Control and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

Explore Nissan Leaf details

S 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel

Drive type

2WD

Engine size

0.0L

Engine type

Electric

Wheelbase

106.3"

Overall length

175"

Width

69.7"

Height

61"

Leg room

F 42.1"/R 33.3"

Head room

F 41.2"/R 37.3"

Front tires

P205/55HR16

Rear tires

P205/55HR16

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

5 reasons to buy the 2015 Nissan Leaf

1. City-friendly range

The 2015 Nissan Leaf has an EPA-estimated 84-mile range on a full charge.

 Thanks to the 2015 Nissan Leaf's excellent powertrain, this is plenty of electric car range for city living. All 2015 Nissan Leaf models come equipped with an 80 kW motor producing 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. This enables the 2015 Nissan Leaf to achieve an EPA-estimated 114 MPGe combined—that's 126 MPGe in the city and 101 MPGe on the highway.
 All of this means that not only is the 2015 Nissan Leaf ideal for inner-city driving and short journeys around town, but it can also easily handle longer trips when required. 

2. Spacious and comfortable seating

The 2015 Nissan Leaf is a compact car, but it certainly doesn't feel like one on the inside. There's seating for up to five passengers inside, with slots for up to two child car seats with LATCH connectors. And with a total of 92.4 cu-ft of passenger volume inside, there's more than enough room for you and all your passengers to stretch out and travel in comfort—especially with the 42.1 inches of front-seat legroom and 33.3 inches of rear-seat legroom. 

Additionally, you get a heated steering wheel and heated seats as standard—perfect on cold winter mornings. And if you want more, the top-of-the-range SL trim offers leather upholstery for that final touch of style and luxury. The 2015 Nissan Leaf is the kind of car that feels far from compact on the inside, and one that you and your passengers will enjoy spending time in no matter how long the journey. 

3. Impressive feature list

Speaking of elements offered as standard, that brings us on to a real ace up the 2015 Nissan Leaf's sleeve—a packed feature list spread across the three trim levels. The base S model starts off strong, with standard items including keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats, and heated mirrors. 

The middle-tier SV trim adds alloy wheels, cruise control, and a six-speaker audio system with Pandora® smartphone integration. Finally, the top-of-the-range Leaf SL trim adds automatic LED headlights, a quick-charge port, and fog lights. 

Additionally, SV and SL models have an extra Premium package to look out for, featuring a 360-degree parking camera system and a seven-speaker Bose® sound system. Regardless of what trim you select, there will be a model, trim level, and option package combination ideally suited for you and your everyday requirements.

4. Fast charging options

Combined with the excellent range from the standard electric motor, the 2015 Nissan Leaf has you covered for when you inevitably need to plug in and recharge the lithium-ion batteries. The base S model includes a 3.3 kW charger, which when using a 240-volt power source can recharge a depleted battery in around eight hours. Go for the SL and SV models with the 6.6 kW charger and that charging time is cut in half, down to four hours. 

When equipped with the optional (standard on SV trims) quick-charge port, you can potentially have the power to recharge up to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes using a public fast charger. Alongside all of these full charging options, the 2015 Nissan Leaf also includes multiple transmission settings for three levels of regenerative braking, which converts kinetic energy from the brakes into extra battery power to help top up your range while on the move.

5. Plenty of storage space inside

The 2015 Nissan Leaf doesn't skimp on practicality, with a very useful 24 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats—more than enough for even the biggest of grocery shopping trips. 

You can increase this to up to 30 cu-ft of cargo volume when the 60/40 split-folding rear seats are folded flat, so bigger items can be transported with ease. The premium SV trim also includes an additional cargo cover, for extra protection and peace of mind for whatever you happen to be carrying in the trunk. 

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

5 customer reviews

RepairPal reliability rating

4
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RepairPal gave the Nissan Leaf an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Leaf 3rd out of 4 among Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

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2015 Nissan Leaf trims

S:

  • Includes 3.6 kW onboard charger, automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and more. 

SV:

  •  Adds a 6.6 kW charger, alloy wheels, cruise control, a six-speaker sound system with Pandora® smartphone integration, and more. 

SL: 

  • Adds automatic headlights, fog lights, a quick-charging port, a spoiler-mounted solar panel, leather upholstery and a cargo cover.

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More about the 2015 Nissan Leaf

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Brilliant Silver

  • Cayenne Red

  • Glacier White

  • Gun Metallic

  • Morning Sky Blue

  • Pearl White

  • Super Black

Interior details

The 2015 Nissan Leaf offers seating for up to five passengers. Features such as heated seats front and rear, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are included as standard, with cloth upholstery on SV trims and leather upholstery on SL trims. 

The 2015 Nissan Leaf offers a total of 92.4 cu-ft of passenger volume, with 42.1 inches of front legroom on offer and 33.3 inches of rear seat legroom, and 24 cu-ft of luggage volume behind the rear seats—expanding to 30 cu-ft with the rear seats folded flat. 

Child seat details

The 2015 Nissan Leaf can accommodate up to two child safety seats in the rear outboard seats, with two LATCH connectors provided. These are easy to access and can be used with all sorts of front- and rear-facing child seats as well as booster seats.

Performance

All models in the 2015 Nissan Leaf range are powered by an 80 kW electric motor, producing 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque alongside the 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. All 2015 Nissan Leaf models are front-wheel drive.

This electric motor means the 2015 Nissan Leaf is capable of an EPA-estimated 114 MPGe combined—with 126 MPGe in the city and 101 MPGe on the highway.

 This means you'll get an EPA-estimated 84 miles total range on a full charge.

Year comparisons

2011-2017 Nissan Leaf (First Generation)

When the Nissan Leaf first arrived in 2011, it was something of a pioneer for everyday electric cars, being one of the first EVs to use lithium-ion battery packs, as well as technologies like regenerative braking. 2013 saw the addition of a new 6.6 kW onboard charger that helps reduce charging times, while 2016-2017 models feature an upgraded 30 kWh battery pack that increases the range to an EPA-estimated 107 miles on a full charge.

2018-present Nissan Leaf (Second Generation)

The Leaf's second generation saw a complete exterior redesign for 2018, with styling moving away from a cutesy compact car to fit more in line with the rest of the Nissan range. A new 110 kW electric motor producing 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque became standard, improving the Leaf's performance. Range also improved, with 2018 models capable of an EPA-estimated 151 miles on a full charge.

 From 2019 onwards the Leaf Plus model was introduced, featuring a more powerful 214-hp electric motor and a 62 kWh battery pack, boosting the range to an EPA-estimated 226 miles on a full charge.

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