Nissan Leaf EV Fields in 2023 Have a Slightly Simpler Lineup, and Pricing Has Increased Slightly.
2023 Nissan Leaf EV – Overview
EVs suddenly have a moment, but the Nissan Leaf, which has been around since 2010, seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.
Here are the major highlights:
- Nissan said today that the 2023 Leaf would receive some modest updates, some of which are difficult to notice.
- The Leaf portfolio has been reduced from five to two models: a base model with 147 horsepower and an SV Plus with 214 horsepower.
- The pricing of the 2023 Leaf is $470 higher than the current model, with the S starting at $28,895 and the SV Plus at $36,895.
Nissan is giving the Leaf some love for 2023. But, even as it prepares to debut, it’s a new, more significant, flashier, and more expensive Ariya electric.
But only a smidgeon. The grille, headlights, and bumper have all been updated in the front.
However, the differences are difficult to see even when comparing photos.
According to Nissan, various body features have also been modified to boost aerodynamics.
The Leaf’s distinctive new multispoke wheels are the prominent new design element.
The five models in the 2022 portfolio have been reduced to just two: the entry-level S and the mid-level SV Plus.
The base car, like before, features a 147-horsepower electric motor and a 40.0-kWh battery pack, both of which seem insignificant in the new competitive scenario.
The SV Plus comes back with a 214-hp engine and a 62.0-kWh battery. Front-wheel drive is standard on both versions.
The current EPA range estimates for the S and 215 miles for the SV Plus aren’t expected to change much (if at all). In our 75-mph interstate test, the SV Plus lasted 180 miles.
The 2023 Nissan Leaf has a CHAdeMO charging connection, whereas the new Ariya uses the more common CCS connection used by most other automakers.
The pricing, up to $470 from last year, is one thing that hasn’t been the same.
When the models come this summer, the 2023 Leaf S will start at $28,895, and the SV Plus will start at $36,895.
Those GM vehicles, of course, no longer qualify for the $7500 tax credit that the Leaf does.
Still, Nissan is anticipated to reach the 200,000-vehicle mark later this year.