The electric vehicle league is full of exciting new players. But there, at the end of the bench, sits one wily veteran with braces on his knees who can still get the job done. And everyone knows those guys are solid investments. The Nissan Leaf rolls into the 2023 model year, its 13th year on the market, with an updated look and a simpler list of decisions for buyers to make.
The 2023 Leaf starts at $27,800, plus a $1,095 destination fee – unchanged even in a year when most manufacturers are bumping up delivery fees to compensate for the surge in transportation costs. Don’t miss: With sky-high gas prices, dealers suddenly have more of these types of vehicles to sell Last year, Nissan
sold the Leaf in five trim levels. This year, dealers will stock just the two most popular – the base S and well-equipped SV Plus models. They’re quite different. The S uses a just-get-me-where-I’m-going 147-horsepower motor and a 40-kilowatt-hour battery good for 149 miles of driving range. The SV Plus has more of everything, with 214 horsepower and 212 miles of range. Both get updated tailoring for 2023. The grille loses a chrome accent line and gains a backlit Nissan logo. Designers also reshaped the headlights, though the changes are subtle enough to miss.
The 2023 Nissan Leaf
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