2023 Nissan Leaf: Pros and Cons

2023 Nissan Leaf: Pros and Cons

The Nissan Leaf is one of the first mass-market EVs in the world that was introduced as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to traditional gas-powered vehicles in 2010. The latest iteration of this pioneering EV landed on Malaysian shores just last month and is available in a sole variant, priced at RM 168,888.  

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much does the 2023 Nissan Leaf cost?

    The 2023 Nissan Leaf is offered in a sole variant, priced at RM 168,888.
  • What are the pros and cons of the Nissan Leaf?

    Available at an affordable subscription plan, the Nissan Leaf comes with advanced driver-assistance features and a comfortable interior. However, the EV’s battery lacks active battery thermal management and has a relatively shorter driving range.
  • While the new Nissan Leaf is equipped with several advanced features and cutting-edge tech that make it a standout option in the local EV market, there are a few areas where it could be improved. So, in today’s story, we'll be discussing the pros and cons of the EV to help you decide if it's the right electric vehicle for you or not. 

    2023 Nissan Leaf

    2023 Nissan Leaf pros

    Offered with a subscription plan

    EVs are often seen as expensive, making them less accessible to the average buyer. However, Nissan has addressed this issue by offering an affordable subscription plan for the Leaf. This subscription plan allows drivers to lease the EV for a fixed period, paying a monthly fee, and enjoy a Worry-Free ownership experience. The Nissan Leaf subscription plan's key highlights are -

    • A monthly subscription amount of RM 1,800 for a 3-year contract
    • No down payment
    • After three years, buyers can simply return the Nissan LEAF without incurring any penalties
    • They can also upgrade the EV with any other Nissan model at the end of the subscription term 

    2023 Nissan Leaf

    Advanced suite of driver-assistance features

    The EV comes equipped with Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies that provide drivers with peace of mind and a safer driving experience. These include - 

    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Lane Intervention
    • Intelligent Rear View Mirror
    • High Beam Assist
    • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning with Emergency Braking
    • Intelligent Around View Monitor with Intelligent Moving Object Detection
    • Intelligent Driver Alertness
    • Intelligent Ride Control
    • Intelligent Trace Control
    • Cruise Control

    2023 Nissan Leaf

    Adding to the safety quotient are EV’s passive safety systems such as six airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Hill Start Assist, and a regenerative Braking System

    Comfy interiors

    This Japanese EV offers a surprisingly comfortable driving experience, despite its compact size. The spacious front seat area is particularly noteworthy, with its dome-shaped greenhouse creating an open and airy feel. The new 8.0-inch NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment system and climate control buttons are thoughtfully placed and easily accessible. The latter also supports Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

    2023 Nissan Leaf

    Taking comfort to the next level are features like leather upholstery, a flat-bottom steering wheel, automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, and a push start button with an I-key.

    2023 Nissan Leaf cons

    No Active Battery Thermal Management

    The new Nissan Leaf continues to equip the same 40-kWh battery pack as earlier, which still lacks an active battery temperature management system. That means the battery is not regulated for temperature during charging or driving, which might result in a shortened battery lifespan. To maintain the longevity of the EV battery, it is important to keep it within the optimal temperature range.

    2023 Nissan Leaf

    Relatively less driving range

    One of the other areas where the Nissan Leaf falls short is driving range. The EV’s 40-kWh battery package offers a cruising range of 311 km. In comparison, the similarly-priced Ora Good Cat and BYD Atto 3 provide a relatively better range. The Good Cat comes in two versions - 47.8-kWh and 63.1-kWh offering a cruising range of 400 km and 500 km, respectively. Similarly, the Atto 3 also comes with a bigger 60.48-kWh unit allowing it to run for 420 km on a single charge.

    Well despite these shortcomings, the Nissan Leaf remains a compelling option in the local EV market for those seeking a comfortable and affordable electric vehicle. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

    Also read: 2023 Nissan Serena e-Power bags more than 20k orders in two months

    Sippi Vig

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    Sippi is a versatile writer and specializes in crafting both blog articles and site content for the automotive industry. Her strong analytical skills help in curating articles backed with stong number analysis for our audience. She enjoys reviewing the latest cars/models and describing new technologies. She holds a master of business administration degree in finance and marketing. When she’s not working, she enjoys travel, adventure, reading, and gardening.

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