2013 Nissan LEAF Priced In Canada From $31,698, Includes 6.6 kW Charging (US Next?), Arrives “Early Summer”

MAY 15 2013 BY JAY COLE 19

InsideEVs has learned that the 2013 Nissan LEAF will indeed be coming to Canada, and will be priced from $31,698 on the new entry level S model, which is now also on sale in the United States for $28,800.  Given a US to Canadian dollar exchange of almost par, that is a premium of almost $3,000.

However in Canada, the entry level S model comes with 6.6 kW (6 kW output) charging standard, a $1,300 option in the US, which helps soften the blow.  Given the very late production run for Canadian models in Smyrna, TN, we feel there is a decent chance that 2014 MY LEAFs will also see 6.6 kW charging added to all trim levels when that gets underway in September.

As compared to 2012 pricing, where the base SV trim level started at $38,395 (SL – $39,995), Canadians can now get into an electric car for $6,697 dollars less.

Full lineup pricing is as follows (US price in brackets) as well as 2012 Canadian LEAF pricing.

  • S Trim – $31,698 ($28,800)
  • SV Trim – $34,998 ($31,820)  – $38,395
  • SL Trim – $38,398 ($34,840)  – $39,995

As for when actual cars will be arriving at Canadian dealerships, when we contacted Nissan Canada’s representatives on the subject in February we were told that the 2013s were “scheduled for spring 2013.” 

However, after another conversation last week with Heather Meehan, a member of Nissan’s PR team, we were told there had been some slippage, as “the MY13 Nissan LEAF will arrive in Canada early summer.”  This change in timing may have something to do with high demand for the car in the US.

There has been no word as of yet on any financing or lease opportunities on the 2013 Canadian LEAFs, but we suspect that will happen will Nissan officially announces the vehicle’s arrival.

New 2013 LEAF Pricing, And Nissan's Estimated Trim Level Mix Percentages

New 2013 LEAF Pricing, And Nissan’s Estimated Trim Level Mix Percentages

Also of interest, in materials sent out to dealers, Nissan has estimated the sales mix they are forecasting between trim levels for the LEAF.  (In our opinion, we think they might be a touch pessimistic communicating to dealers on the demand level for the entry level S model)

Just looking at the pricing and timing of Nissan’s 75 mile EV into Canada, we are left with a couple questions:

  1. Why would any dealers want to bring in 2013 MY inventory when 2014 production starts in Smyrna, TN, only a couple months after these 2013s might arrive?
  2. It seems unlikely these units will be offered at a discount after pricing has just been announced, so why would customers choose to pay full sticker on a car at the end of a model year?

Regardless to those questions, there appears to be no changes in the Canadian spec version of the LEAF over the US one, but the Canadian dealer spec sheet does note the changes and additions from one model year to the next.  It is the first time (to our recollection) that we have seen an official listing of the torque rating revision from 280 N·m (210 ft·lb) to 254 N·m (187 ft·lb) for 2013 in print.

Check out all the changes and revisions on the 2013 Canadian Nissan LEAF below:

"Whats New" For 2013 Canadian Nissan LEAF

“Whats New” For 2013 Canadian Nissan LEAF

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19 Comments on "2013 Nissan LEAF Priced In Canada From $31,698, Includes 6.6 kW Charging (US Next?), Arrives “Early Summer”"

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Jay – that means in Ontario you can have a base Leaf for $26500 after tax and Ontario rebate. Plus there is a rebate for $50% of the charger installation. Very compelling. Awesome second vehicle.

what was the old price?

Yes, that would be a good add to the story, will do that now zilm.

2012 LEAF SV started at $38,395, so almost $3,700 less compared to the new S model…about $3,400 cheaper compared apples to apples on the SV.

And so almost $7k lower “entry ticket”. Good

Why do they list the LEAF as using a CVT? I would call it direct drive with X:X gear ratio.

Yeh that threw me also.

Probably because the public is more familiar with that kind of oddball transmission than they are with the Leaf’s oddball transmission. I just wish they’d stop though, because it’s counterintuitive.

Nissan is off production schedule, so don’t expect a MY2014 in Canada in 2013; it will wait until mid-2014! So we’ll always be 1 year late on US models… Sigh. We pay more and get the scraps. Still envy us? 🙂

Finally.. This is good news.

Does anyone know what are the differences between model year 2013 and 2014 ? Wireless charging ? etc..

It seems LED Headlights have been removed from the SV model (according to specsheet above). Does anyone know what is the impact on range of NOT having LED lights… Is this a show stopper ??


The difference between LED and non LED headlights can be measured in feet, it makes very little difference. The #1 thing that effects range is speed, like above 55 MPH, the #2 is heater use. However with the new 2013 SL and SV with the heatpump, that makes a HUGE difference in heater power usage.

I wanted to buy a leaf here in Quebec Canada, and know they where kind of sstock with the 2012, but the salesman did not want to change it’s price and keep telling me I would be better off with 2012 model over a 2013.

He also told me that the price will not drop in Canada for the new model. I knew that could not be the case and he was the type of salesman who new it all; so I ordered a smart ED


Go to see the best Quebec dealer. Guy Foisy at Beauport Nissan, he knows the car.
You get a good price

In any area where the weather gets below 60F and you want to run the heat with any frequency, you’re going to want the SV model over the S simply to get the heat pump heater – it reportedly starts producing warm air nearly instantly compared to the base resistance heater and also is 2-3x more efficient at least down to temps around freezing when it becomes less efficient.

So for Canada where it is generally much cooler than most of the USA, the SV should sell a lot better than it does in the USA where it seems that everyone really just wants the S thanks to the cheaper price.

Nissan Canada understood the need to sell (entry level) BEV only, supplied with L2 6.6kW onboard AC charger capability, even with the entry level S when you consider the lack of QC in Canada.

GM should offer a 6.6 kW within its Spark EV, at least as an option !! Please reconsider, you still have time to fix that omission. We already have here a bunch of 30A L2 in Québec and a lot of, up to CS-90 (max 72A @ 240Vac) SCH / Clipper Creek EVSE available along the Trans-Canada highway, yes, already from coast to coast… https://suncountryhighway.ca/ev-trip-planner/

“why would customers choose to pay full sticker on a car at the end of a model year?”

They probably won’t. According to the Nissan dealer that sold us our Leaf this Spring, they’d sold more Leafs in March than they had the entire year. This, no doubt was due to the $7500 they were taking off the original sticker price, plus including shipping and PDE in the final sale. As a result, we leased an SL for $27,500 after all the discounts were included.

Now, I have a question. Why in the world are they still advertising the transmission as a CVT when it’s a single, fixed gear transmission?

Anyone hear any special leasing rates? Prior to the price drops US had $199 leasing for 36 months. So now WITH price drop for us Canadians do you think we”ll at least get that rate?

Nissan Canada has not released any financing/lease plans to their dealers as of yet (AFAIK), but you are not going to see $199 leasing in Canada (imo), maybe (big maybe) on $299

I don’t get why the Leaf is priced $3000 more in Canada compared to the US. The car is now manufactured in America so there is no import duty.

To the poster above, where did you buy your Leaf for $27,500??? If I could get a 2013 SL or even SV for under 30 grand, I’d buy it tomorrow.

Does the S (base) model come with the more efficient heat pump? They won’t sell many in Canada if it does not have it. Maybe that is why they predict only 5% of sales in Canada will be the S model. Definitely a deal breaker for me. You need the more efficient heater in almost all of Canada except maybe Vancouver and I want the S model because I want a electric to save money. The SV and SL are still too pricey for someone looking to go electric to save money. I guess it will have to wait for Tesla to get it right