2016 Nissan Leaf

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Nissan Leaf highlights

Customer rating


  • Quiet cabin
  • Spacious second-row seating
  • Plenty of standard features


  • Slow acceleration
  • Awkward driver seat position
  • Fussy interior buttons

84 - 150 miles

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Sensible electric goodness

Ready to drive your way to a greener lifestyle? How about a great electric hatchback that seems to suit every environment and lifestyle? The 2016 Nissan Leaf is an all-electric hatchback that pairs practicality with family-friendly features. The Nissan Leaf is #2 on this best electric cars list and continues to impress with an ever-evolving roster of tech features and driver assistance aids.

The 2016 Leaf offers plenty of new features with more battery enhancements and technical upgrades in the cabin. The 2016 model has three trim levels and a choice of two powertrain battery size options. The familiarity of a hatchback with the latest powertrain technology is what the Leaf does best. If you're set on an electric hatchback but are curious to know what else is out there, why not take a look at this Nissan Leaf comparison article.

The 2016 Nissan Leaf is a smart decision for regular errands, trips to Grandma's house across town, and that daily latte from your favorite coffee shop. The Leaf can charge up at home overnight, or, for a power boost in a flash, the higher trim Leaf models come with a quick-charge port for fast-charging on the go. Keep reading to find out more about the electric hatchback with space for your family and more.

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2016 Nissan Leaf trims

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  • Features 16-inch steel wheels, keyless ignition and entry, cloth upholstery, cruise control, rearview camera, automatic climate control, heated front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, five-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, four-speaker audio system, and more. Unlocks optional Charge package.


  • Adds 17-inch alloy wheels, bio-suede upholstery, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, seven-inch touchscreen, navigation, six-speaker audio system, and more. Unlocks the Premium package.


  • Adds fog lights, automatic LED headlights, cargo cover, leather upholstery, Photovoltaic solar-panel rear spoiler, heated rear seats, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2016 Nissan Leaf

1. A base trim bursting with features

Choosing the base trim model no longer means a lack of features or passenger comforts. The 2016 S trim Leaf is packed with features you might otherwise only find on higher trims. Driving in extreme weather conditions? Heated front seats and automatic climate control come as standard. Like to stay connected to your pals and playlists? Bluetooth® functionality means your favorite songs and hands-free calling are available on command.

2. Two battery size options

The 2016 Leaf is a great choice for navigating your local area, and with two battery options available, you can tailor your purchase to your exacting needs. Regular routes to school, the office, and your sports club? The 2016 Leaf S trim is equipped with a 24 kWh battery and electric motor, good for 84 miles of range when new and fully charged.

 But if you regularly find yourself driving past the city limits, perhaps for horseback riding or hiking your favorite trail, then it's good to have the option of more miles on the clock. The SV and SL trim Leaf each have a larger 30 kWh battery pack, which increases the range to 107 miles.

3. An available quick-charge port

In the 2016 Nissan Leaf, you can pull up to a DC fast-charge station and, using the quick charge port (standard on SV and SL models), you can reach an 80% charge in around 30 minutes. When you've only got time for a quick comfort stop or a coffee shop purchase, this fast charging capability means you and your vehicle can have a harmonious day with no disruptions to your schedule. Good to know: the S trim has a quick-charge port package option too.

4. The premium package option 

Those added extras that bring more luxury, convenience, and driver assistance are great to have. So it's worth tracking down a 2016 Leaf equipped with the Premium package, an option for the SV and SL trims. Its two features—a seven-speaker Bose® audio system and a 360-degree surround-view camera system—will immediately and continuously improve your drive experience.

5. Upholstery that will handle anything

If you're shopping with kids, dogs, or muddy hiking gear in mind, the Leaf has you covered. Along with the standard LATCH fixtures for car seats, the upholstery used for the different trim levels is great for young families and active lifestyles too. Hide-all black upholstery on the S trim, and wipe-clean bio suede or real leather on the higher trims will be welcomed by families and friends of all ages.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.2 out of 5

5 customer reviews

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 1st out of 6 among Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

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Nissan Leaf features and specs

S 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

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


30.0 kWh

Range when new (EPA estimate)

107 miles

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75 - 105 miles

Est. range in 3 years

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68 - 98 miles

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Other specifications

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.1"/R 33.3"

Head room

F 41.2"/R 37.3"

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2016 Nissan Leaf FAQ

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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Brilliant Silver

  • Coulis Red

  • Deep Blue Pearl

  • Forged Bronze

  • Glacier White

  • Gun Metallic

  • Pearl White 

  • Super Black

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Gray

Interior details

The 2016 Leaf is a four-door hatchback for five people. With 92.4 cu-ft of interior passenger volume, this roomy cabin is comfortable and welcoming. Black cloth upholstery is standard, with bio suede and real leather available on the higher trims. Generous legroom in the front and rear (42.1-inches and 33.3-inches respectively), plus multi-way manual adjustments for the front-row seats ensures passengers of all sizes will feel at ease. 

Standard passenger comfort features include heated front-row seating, automatic temperature control, and UV-reducing solar glass up front. Upgrade to the SV trim or above for front seatback magazine pockets and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. 

Storage for passenger items includes a center console, two front-row cup holders, and four bottle holders. The 2016 Leaf has 23.6 cu ft of fixed cargo space. When folded down, the 60/40-split rear row makes way for cargo volume up to 30.0 cu-ft behind the front row. 

Child seat details

The Nissan Leaf has two complete sets of LATCH connectors (two lower anchors and an upper tether) in the second-row outboard seats and an additional upper tether only for the second-row middle seat. All seat types are accommodated and you may be able to fit up to three if you've got slim-fit seats. Anchor points are clearly indicated, as are the tether points, found to the rear of the seatback. It is worth noting that the center seat in the second row does not have a headrest, so you may wish to choose another seat position for children in backless booster seats.


The 2016 all-electric Leaf is powered by an 80-kW electric motor and a choice of two different battery packs, a 24 kWh for the base trim, S, or a 30 kWh battery found in the SV and SL trims. All models are front-wheel drive.

When it comes to electric car range, a fully charged S trim Leaf (with the 24 kWh battery pack) can deliver an EPA-estimated 84 miles of range, while the SV and SL trims (with the larger 30 kWh battery) under the same conditions achieve an EPA-estimated 107 miles of range.

According to Nissan, when new, the 2016 Leaf achieved a zero-to-60 time of 10.2 seconds, and a top speed of 90 mph. 

Need to charge? The S trim Leaf is estimated to fully recharge in eight hours when hooked up to a 240-volt power source. The SV and SL trims in the same conditions can achieve a full recharge in around five hours thanks to their larger capacity onboard charger. The upper trims also have a quick charge port as standard, though it is also available as part of the S trim Charge package option. When using a compatible quick-charge station, the Leaf is then estimated to achieve an 80% charge in under 30 minutes.

Year comparisons 

2011-2017 Nissan Leaf (first generation)

Considered by many to be the pioneer of electric cars, the Nissan Leaf made its debut in 2011. In 2014, a rearview camera became a standard feature, while in 2016, the SV and SL trims gained a larger 30 kWh battery. Proving to be a popular addition, the 30 kWh battery became standard for all trims in 2017.

2018-2022 Nissan Leaf (second generation)

The second-generation Leaf kicked off in 2018 with a full redesign that included styling changes and improved powertrain performance. For 2019, the Leaf Plus models join the lineup, offering a larger battery for more range alongside a more powerful motor. Driver assistance features and infotainment tech got an upgrade in 2020, while all 2022 models benefit from a standard quick-charge port.

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