Comprehensive Video Overview Of 2016 Nissan LEAF SL w/Premium Package


2016 Nissan LEAF SL Overview

2016 Nissan LEAF SL Overview

Video description:

“First Look of the 2016 Nissan Leaf with extended Range showing what key features inside and out are added or upgraded when upgrading from an SV Model or 2015 Nissan Leaf SL model.”

More importantly, this video provides us with perhaps the comprehensive overview to date of the 30 kWh 2016 LEAF SL, an electric car that retails for $36,790 ($35,170) +$895 destination, but as equipped in the video with premium package costs $1,570 more:

SV/SL Model (30 kWh): Premium Package ($1,570)provides “around view” monitor and upgrades to a BOSE sound system, navigation is now standard in SV/SL, leather is standard on SL

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I hope this guy is not a salesperson. I didn’t learn one new thing. He doesn’t even know how to shut the hatch without getting fingerprints on it. As far asi can tell, there is nothing different about the 2016 Leaf except the larger capacity 30kwh battery on the SC and SL models. The battery physical size has not increased so it is not larger. It has more capacity in the same size footprint. The only other change i have heard of is that rear heated seats are no longer standard across all the trims. I hope this isn’t the case. Navigation has always been standard on the SV and SL. Leather seats have been standard on the SL since the furst redesign in 2013. Again, not finding the video very informative at all. (Coming from someone who has owned three Leafs so far.)

Sorry for the spelling errors. Its kinda hard to type on this little screen.

Ken, if you learned nothing from this, have you considered that you are not the intended audience for this video?

Without commenting on the specifics of the video, I think this is a critical point that many of us, including me, overlook all too often: For a large portion of the general buying public, an all-electric “real” car that they can simply buy/lease today is science fiction.

I’ve had a Leaf since 3/2013, talked to my neighbors about it repeatedly (trying to be a good EV ambassador and all that), and yet just today my next-door neighbor said something that made it very clear she thought my car was a hybrid that used less gasoline than a plain old car, but still ran on liquid fuel. When I pointed out that my car can completely on electricity, she was surprised and thought I was joking until I showed her there was no tail pipe. (We happened to be standing just a few feet from my car when this happened.)

There’s still a LOT of education among the general car buying public that needs to be done.

Just wait until the next crisis, when gas is $6/gal. They’ll learn fast.

Agreed. But there are tons of errors in his video as well. If you are going to talk about the car, you should know what you are talking about. For instance, the touchscreen navigation unit does not play dvds as he says. And there is no “engine”. And he points to the invertor cover under the hood to show us where the battery and new engine are located. It almost sounds like one of my neighbors trying to explain a few of the many things ive told them about my electric cars to an onlooker. I agree we still have a long way to go. My Nissan dealer service manager still thinks my Leaf has oil and filter. He insisted that i should get it changed while its there for the battery checkup. His words exactly ” but we did it last year when you brought the car in for service” Even after i explained that all Leafs are electric, he said ” but it still has an engine and thst needs the oil changed”. Good thing i only have to bring it once a tear gor the required free battery check.

I’d cry, too, if my service personnel were so clueless!

I thought he actually wasn’t that bad, just a little grating to listen to. He correctly quoted kWh and not kW and had the range numbers correct. Having been a Leaf driver for close to 4 years, I did notice the boilerplate language about charging. It would really be great if the guys who sold Leafs drove Leafs daily. I would have told the potential customer all the tips and tricks. The salesfolks should also have a ipad handy running Plugshare, so people can see what’s near their work, or other places of interest.

I’ve test driven the Leaf but I saw a few things in the video I had not seen before. I thought the front and side cameras and the swipe touch were cool. I wish my Fords had that charging port light. But I didn’t hear anything about satilite radio like both my Fords have or adaptive cruise control like my Fusion has. I was more impressed with the video than my test drive. I guess that just goes to show how little sales people know about their own cars.

The around view monitor became available as part of the premium package in 2013 for SV and SL. Cruise control was standard for 2011 and 2012, dropped on the base model for 2013 and 2014 and made standard again for all trim levels in 2015. It is not adaptive however. The charge port light became standard in 2013. Neither of 2012s had it, but my 2015 does and i guess it could be handy but i dont find it necessary. All Leafs have had satellite radio standard since 2011. Im pretty sure Sirius/Xm pays Nissan good to make sure every car is equipped with it so they have another potential customer. Id probably get it after the 3 month period if they weren’t so relentless about signing up and giving my cc info. And thr monthly fee is rediculously high.

I was at a car show in Fort Worth last week. I asked the Kia sales people about the Soul EV. They were clueless.

The Soul EV is suppose to be on available in Texas but I don’t think these people had ever seen one. They told me there weren’t any charging stations in Texas. I had to pull out my Plugshare app to show them the hundreds of charging stations in the DFW area alone.

They had no idea what DC fast charging was. I spent about a half hour giving these sales people a little class on electric vehicles. They seam genuinely impressed and thank me for giving them the information, I hope they pay it forward.

At the philly show, the Chevy salesrep told me there was no fully electric Chevy Spark. When i showed him a picture of my friends car on my phone, he said, well yeah but its California only. I told him he bought it in Maryland. He said well if you do that, the dealer is breaking the law and your warranty will be void because there are no dealers certified to work on it in NJ. I said, im still gonna drive to MD to buy one if i want one. He said how you gonna get it home, its way more than 80 miles and there’s no charging stations here yet. I showed him plugshare on my phone and pictures of my Mini E autocrossing in Hagerstown, Md in 2009 (i drove there in 09 and 10 before there were “charging stations”) Salesperson was still very arrogant about EVs but at least he is better informed now. I also popped the hood on the VW E Golf at the philly show last year. People were asking me and my dad questions about it for over an hour. ( i drive a Leaf not a E Golf). Sigh, we have… Read more »

Nissan still needs battery cooling like the FORD Focus EV, GM Spark and even Volt and KIA EV. They have made the batteries still have full capacity after 3 or more years. EVen in the Phoenix HEAT.
Nissan should also includce a 120/240 charge cord like the EVSEupgrade does. Then you can use it as soon as you go home with almost any 240 outlet.

Even though you can make a video on a smartphone, that doesn’t mean you should.

This is the worst video I’ve seen on a car blog. You can hear the car tires across the street better than his garbled voice.