The All-New 2022 Nissan Leaf - Redesigned for the 10th Anniversary

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When people hear about electric vehicles, they associate this with Tesla that gained vast popularity due to the futuristic tech. But the 2022 Nissan Leaf is worth your attention. Nissan is about to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Leaf model and 500,000 units sold, the Nissan Leaf has undergone massive changes for 2022!

by

Emily MacKinnon

, Executive Assistant in
HeyAuto Showcase
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The first Nissan Leaf was introduced in 2010 and had a range of 100km and had a limited release in only certain countries, at the time they had no competition in the electric vehicle market. But, the 2022 model is the real game-changer as one of the most affordable electric vehicle that you can find in the market. Even with a budget price point, the Leaf still delivers value and comes with extra features. It has a compact battery pack, an improvement from the best-known Leaf models. The all-new 2022 Nissan Leaf goes above and beyond the previous generations and will certainly put Nissan in as a contender in the fully electric vehicle market!

The Interior

Leaf offers adult-friendly seating in both the front and rear rows. Although it's a five-seater, the car comfortably holds four adults due to the protruding battery pack at the middle back seat. You can add comfort features like a power-adjustable driver's seat, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.

If you go for the SL model, it has a more modern design with light grey interior leather and a matching dash pad. The automatic temperature control will help you enjoy a cozy ride. It also comes with various USB ports to charge your compatible devices.

Exterior

The 2022 Leaf has a striking appearance from all angles. Its distinct roof design, sleek lines, and V-motion grille set the car apart from others and give you some style. The large headroom makes the car appear bigger than its actual size. Other outstanding exterior features include:

• UV-reducing solar glass
• Intelligent auto headlights
• A charge port with light and lock
• Dual power outside mirrors

Cargo Space

The 2022 Leaf is one of the most spacious electric vehicles you can find, with a 23.6 cu. ft. cargo space. It offers flexible storage space. If you want to carry huge items for outdoor excursions like your bike, you can fold down the rear seats to create an additional 30 cu. ft. cargo space. Whenever you want to carry more people and cargo simultaneously, bring down one seat.

Transmission and Performance

This Leaf model delivers an outstanding driving experience. The floor-mounted battery packs lower the centre of gravity which results in smooth handling and more stability. These cars, therefore, navigate sharp corners with limited risks of body roll. The light-to-handle steering also improves maneuverability. Nissan Leaf relies on a 147 hp electric motor to power the front wheels and a 40 kWh battery for energy. If you opt for the Leaf Plus model, you will enjoy more performance thanks to the 214 hp electric motor and 62.kWh battery. Another impressive thing about this car is that you can drive with one pedal. You press it down to accelerate and ease off to slow down, giving you more control and adding a little bit of excitement to your daily driving. This car uses the front drivetrain and a single-speed automatic transmission. The 2022 Nissan Leaf offers an excellent powertrain that helps the car accelerate quickly regardless of the model you choose. But, if you are always on the road, go for one with the biggest battery.

The Battery and Charging

The basic 2022 Leaf comes with the 40kwh lithium-ion battery, which can cover up to 240km on a single charge enough to take you for a short journey. Since the Leaf Plus has more battery capacity, of 62kwh, it offers a more extended driving range and can go up to 363 kilometres. The SV Plus and SL Plus have a range of 346 kilometres. When it comes to fuel economy, the SV plus has an EPA rating of about 94 and 114 MPGe on highway and city, respectively.

Nissan Leaf uses both the 120V or 240V outlets, whose charging period varies. Using the 240V hookups, you can recharge both the standard and regular battery within seven hours. Nissan has a reputation for producing durable batteries that last nearly a lifetime.

Info-entertainment and connectivity

2022 Leaf syncs with compatible devices to keep you connected and improve your experience. All models have a standard eight-inch info entertainment display with Android and Apple CarPlay functions. With this, you can bring your contacts, favourite apps, maps, and playlists to your car. You can even customize the display and create shortcuts for efficient rides. The Android auto allows you to use your voice to control various commands and even respond to texts while your hands are on the steering wheel. The car also offers excellent Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to stream your favourite music wirelessly.

Safety and other Tech Features

Nissan features some of the most technologically advanced functions to give you a confident and safe ride. The NHTSA gives the 2022 Nissan Leaf EV a five-star rating in the crash test, meaning that it offers high injury protection. Pedestrian detection and emergency braking features keep your speed in check. The car will stop once it detects a pedestrian and helps you maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead. You can also change your lanes confidently with the help of the blind spot and lane departure warnings. Nissan's Around View monitor also assists in parking. This car comes with ten standard airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Final Verdict

As electric cars keep gaining traction, the price will surely come down. The reduced-price tag makes the 2022 Leaf an ideal option for first-time EV buyers. S Plus is the best pick since it has a more powerful electric motor, offers long mileage, and multiple technologically advanced features at a decent cost.

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About the author
Emily MacKinnon
, Executive Assistant
Originally from Nova Scotia, Emily has spent the last 9 years in sales and customer service. A jack of all trades. She hopes to be able to help educate and get people excited about their next car purchases through her expression in these blogs.

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