Learning

Essentials

The 2014 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is a great car that puts to shame any comparably priced vehicles. Its spacious interior, excellent acceleration, amazing visualization program, smooth drive and lots of driving options make the Leaf the best-selling electric car in the world. The 2014 Nissan Leaf will soon arrive at dealerships directly from the assembly lines in Tennessee. According to the latest information, the major change made to the car is the EPA range. The 2014 Nissan Leaf has the same drivetrain and battery as the 2013 model. However, the rated range rises from 76 miles to 84 miles. This amazing electric car is quiet, smooth and has great pickup. Nissan added an Eco drive mode that makes the car more efficiently, thus saving more money and extending the distance you can travel. The eco button is green, large and accessibly located on the steering wheel. Switching in or out of the Eco driving mode is easy and the large button reminds you to be a greener driver. Nevertheless, that is not the only function this mode has. Driving in Eco puts more resistance on the pedal, making you step harder to go faster. If you switch between the two modes while driving, you get a burst of speed. Playing with this power booster is not only fun, but also practical when you need a quick push. The 2014 Nissan Leaf reminds of hitting the turbo button is popular racing video games. The company eliminated the option to charge only to 80% because under EPA rules it required them to blend of the ranges achieved under 80% and 100% charging. As a result, the 75 range of last year’s model, just above the mileage of the previous model despite the 2013 upgrades, was significantly improved. The 2014 Nissan Leaf has a 84 miles range and 114 MPGe combined efficiency. MPGe stands for Miles Per Gallon Equivalent and measured the distance a vehicle can travel electrically on the energy amount in 1 gallon of gasoline. Besides the range rating, the new model has few changes compared to the 2013 Leaf. An important upgrade is that for the 2014 Nissan Leaf, the Nissan RearView monitor is a standard feature. The monitor used to be a component of the Charge Package. An extra $180 was added to the price because of the inclusion of the former option, and the price of the Charge Package has decreased by $50. A new exterior color is available, Gun Metallic which replaces the Metallic Slate. Other color options include Super Black, Pearl White, Glacier White, Brilliant Silver, Cayenne Red and Blue Ocean. The 2014 Nissan Leaf receives some new breaking modes: in B-mode, the braking is more regenerative than in Eco or default mode, making the car break faster when you release the pedal. Another great feature is the visualization program which helps drivers get back into a location when going in reverse. This program is highly intuitive and allows precise parking without having to ask someone how much space you have or do any gymnastics on the seat. The 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack has a warranty of 100,000 miles or 8 years.