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The 2016 Nissan Leaf adds range and a modern new battery, but still hates the year ahead. We explain the MPG-boosting tech you probably never thought of, and run down the most popular EVs on the road.

Brian Cooley wonders:

"Nissan Leaf, EV missionary or right car at the wrong time."

One of Cooley's first observations is that the LEAF is "ugly". It has never been a car prided on its aesthetic, but style doesn't break a car, in our opinion.

On the inside, however, he points out that there is a barrage of electronics, buttons, and displays to keep your eyes busy.

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

Specs:

  • Range: 84 to 107 mi battery-only
  • MPGe: Up to 126 city / 101 highway
  • Battery: 24-30 kWh 360 V lithium-ion
  • Engine: Electric
  • 8 years, 100,000 miles warranty on SV and SL trims
  • 5 years, 60,000 miles warranty on the base S trim
  • Bose premium sound and multi-camera package on upper models
Pricing:
  • Nissan LEAF S – $29,010
  • Nissan LEAF SV – $34,200
  • Nissan LEAF SL – $36,790
There's some evidence that gas prices under $2 a gallon is holding back some electric cars at the moment. As EVs continue to add range and come in at a lower price, this won't prove true forever. And we all know that gas prices will go up, it's just a matter of time before $2 gas is a thing of the past.