2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

The 2016 Nissan LEAF found itself as #1 on the ArtOfGears's list of The 12 Best Bargain Electric Cars.

The new LEAF's MSRP starts at $29,010 and if someone needs more than 84 miles (135 km) of EPA range, for about $5,000 more the 30 kWh version will be good for 107 miles (172 km).

"You’ve got to hand it to Nissan. For a car company that makes the 600 HP Nismo GT-R they also make one of the most docile vehicles known to mankind in the Nissan Leaf. In production for five years now, Nissan has officially called the Leaf a successful mass-production venture. Taking one out on the road, like all EV’s you’ll be impressed by how quiet it is. Probably the only time you’ll hear much whine is when you’re aggressively pushing the Leaf’s motors up to highway speed. Handling characteristics are comfortable and predictable. Around town you’ll appreciate its quick acceleration but you may be wishing for more power on the highway."

"Outside the 2016 Nissan Leaf is definitely conservatively styled. There are two large headlights marking the front end with a charging port where the grill normally would be. With seating for five and a generous 24 cubic feet of cargo space, a quick get away to the countryside of range to spare just might be in the books.

When an electric vehicle reaches its second generation, you know people are buying them and that car company is doing something right. Hat tip to you Nissan for breaking ground with EV’s and listening to your customers."

Other models on the list are:

#2 - Fiat 500e #3 - Ford Focus Electric #4 - Kia Soul EV #5 - Mitsubishi i-MiEV #6 - smart ED #7 - Volkswagen e-Golf #8 - Chevrolet Spark EV #9 - BMW i3 #10 - Chevrolet Volt (2016) #11 - Hyundai Sonata PHEV #12 - Ford Fusion Energi

Also of interest: Here is one of our charts (from the "Compare EVs" page) listing all the plug-in cars currently available in the US just as a point of reference for pricing (and AER):

Plug-in Cars Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (October 2015)

Plug-in Cars Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (October 2015)

Source: ArtOfGears

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