2016 Nissan Leaf Gets Best-in-Class 107-Mile Range

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2016 Nissan Leaf will have an available upgraded 30-kWh battery giving it an EPA-estimated best-in-class range of 107 miles.

The new battery is standard on the 2016 Leaf SV and Leaf SL models and marks a 27-percent improvement over the previous 24-kWh battery. In addition, the 2016 Nissan Leaf will offer an enhanced infotainment system that is more user-friendly and gives drivers greater vehicle connectivity.

All Leaf models are powered by an 80-kW AC synchronous motor generating 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque.

The Leaf SV and SL models will offer NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps featuring a seven-inch color display with multi-touch control and Nissan Voice Recognition as standard. According to the Japanese automaker, the menu screen graphics and customization process have been improved, while charging screen information is now automatically updated each time the ignition is turned on and with every 12 miles of driving.

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For the 2016 model year, the Nissan Leaf will be available in three colors: Forged Bronze, Coulis Red and Deep Blue Pearl.

The 2016 Nissan Leaf SV will be priced from $35,050 including destination but excluding a federal tax credit of $7,500. Stepping up to the Leaf SL model will cost $2,590 additional. The standard Leaf S will continue to be equipped with the 24-kWh battery with an EPA-estimated range of 84 miles with an unchanged price of $29,860.

“Since Nissan LEAF launched in December 2010, we’ve become the global leaders in electric vehicle (EV) sales with an all-electric car specifically designed for the mass market,” said Andrew Speaker, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle (EV) Sales & Marketing. “We know that to maintain that leadership, we must continue developing battery technology that strikes that ideal balance between capacity, packaging, durability and affordability.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on Sep 10, 2015

    More than 100 miles, eh? We're inching closer to a livable range. I think once EVs can go about 300 miles on a single charge range anxiety will become a thing of the past.