Good Housekeeping November 2014 Cover
At InsideEVs, we're not fans of the multiple awards given out just for the sake of doing awards. It seems like every automotive site has some sort of award and that the criteria for selection is always random or perhaps even set up so that a certain vehicle is sure to win.
Case in point: Good Housekeeping selects the 2014 Nissan LEAF SL as its #1 "Roomy Electric" vehicle. What the heck is this "roomy electric" category and why then didn't the Tesla Model S win?
Yes, the LEAF is roomy compared to most other EVs on the market, but the Model S is far roomier, so selecting the LEAF is suspect.
Definitely not fans of these made-up awards, but here's the press release from Nissan:
Tried, tested and trusted, the 2014 Nissan LEAF SL is the top “Roomy Electric” vehicle pick in the Good Housekeeping November buyer’s guide as selected by the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI). The world’s best-selling electric vehicle is one of eight cars selected in their annual 2014 car review. LEAF was specifically noted for its “impressive” cruising range, value enhanced by available federal and state tax incentives and segment-exclusive Around View Monitor, great for parking or backing out.
Good Housekeeping’s top cars were picked based upon track performance, performance while driving on suburban roads and highways, as well as evaluations on the ergonomics and convenience features of the vehicles.
“As more than 64,000 American LEAF owners will tell you, the economics of going electric are simple: Buy a Nissan LEAF and save money by conveniently charging at home instead of paying more at the gas pump,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S. “But the real beauty of the Nissan LEAF is that it’s roomy and, best of all, fun to drive, which is why it received this honor from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.”
With more than 142,000 LEAF sales globally since launch and more than 64,000 in the U.S., Nissan is the global leader in electric vehicles. LEAF seats up to five passengers and boasts an EPA-estimated* driving range of 84 miles on a fully-charged battery and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. The starting price of a Nissan LEAF is about $22,000** after the available maximum $7,500 federal tax credit, while providing the benefits of lower running costs and less scheduled maintenance.
LEAF is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery and an 80kW motor that provides a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience.
The all-electric Nissan LEAF is offered in three trim levels, and shoppers can choose from a variety of available premium features such as leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-speaker BOSE® energy efficient audio system and an available 6.6kW onboard charger that significantly reduces charging times on a 240V charging dock.