2022 Nissan Leaf Interior and Cargo

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Nissan Leaf Interior & Cargo Rating

2022 Leaf Interior

The interior offers more of the exterior's under-the-radar design. It's logical, utilitarian, spacious, well-equipped, well-built - and underwhelming. It's perfectly fine until you start comparing it to the elegant, minimalist interior of the Model 3. Once again we ask the question, if you have a flat skateboard floor to work with, why build something traditional?

The standard specification is, however, very generous. As standard across the whole range, you get automatic climate control and keyless entry with push-button start. The driver's seat is six-way manually adjustable on all trims up to S Plus. The SV Plus and SL Plus have an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. All trim levels get a four-way manually adjustable front passenger seat, and an impressive collection of advanced safety features.

2022 Leaf Interior Photos

2022 Nissan Leaf Dashboard Nissan
2022 Nissan Leaf Infotainment System Nissan
2022 Nissan Leaf Central Console Nissan

Seating and Interior Space

The Leaf is perfectly suitable for five people. The driver and front passenger have loads of space, with legroom measuring in at 42.1 inches and headroom at 41.2 inches. Things are a bit tighter in the back, with only 33.5 inches of legroom. Headroom for those in the rear is 37.3 inches. Adults wouldn't want to sit in the back for too long without taking a break, but luckily the Leaf can't do more than 226 miles without also taking an hour-long break. Both the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3 offer more legroom for the rear passengers.

2022 Nissan Leaf Interior Dimensions:

Nissan Leaf TrimsSSVS PLUSSV PLUSSL PLUS
Seating55555
Headroom Front Seat41.2 in.41.2 in.41.2 in.41.2 in.41.2 in.
Headroom Back Seat37.3 in.37.3 in.37.3 in.37.3 in.37.3 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.1 in.42.1 in.42.1 in.42.1 in.42.1 in.
Legroom Back Seat33.5 in.33.5 in.33.5 in.33.5 in.33.5 in.
Shoulder Room Front54.3 in.54.3 in.54.3 in.54.3 in.54.3 in.
Shoulder Room Rear52.5 in.52.5 in.52.5 in.52.5 in.52.5 in.
Hip Room, Front51.7 in.51.7 in.51.7 in.51.7 in.51.7 in.
Hip Room, Rear50 in.50 in.50 in.50 in.50 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

To offer the Leaf at such a low price, Nissan had to cut costs somewhere. This is where it's most noticeable. It's plastic as far as the eye can see, but it's worth pointing out that it is solidly bolted together. Nothing reveals a squeak quicker than an EV, and the Leaf has none. All trim levels up to the SV Plus are adorned with quality black cloth upholstery. The SL Plus comes standard with a leather interior which you can have in light gray or black. SV models and upwards all get a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2022 Leaf Trunk and Cargo Space

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most practical EV offerings out there. While the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt may offer more room for rear passengers, the Leaf has both of them beat when it comes to cargo space with all seats in use. With the rear seats in place, the Leaf offers 23.6 cubic feet of space. The Tesla only had 15 cubic feet, while the Bolt has a slightly roomier 16.9 cubic feet. The rear seats fold flat in a 60/40 split, offering up to 30 cubic feet of space if you need it - which is, unfortunately, worse than all its rivals.

In terms of interior storage spaces, the front passengers can store smaller items in front of the shift knob, the glove box, and center console storage bin. There are two cupholders for the front passengers, and four bottle holders throughout the cabin.

2022 Nissan Leaf Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

2022 Nissan Leaf Rear Passenger Seats Nissan
2022 Nissan Leaf Trunk Space Nissan
2022 Nissan Leaf Charger Nissan

2022 Nissan Leaf Cargo Dimensions:

Nissan Leaf TrimsSSVS PLUSSV PLUSSL PLUS
Max Volume30 in.30 in.30 in.30 in.30 in.

2022 Leaf Infotainment and Features

Features

Nissan must have been in an extremely generous mood when deciding the various spec-levels for the Leaf, because it is considerably packed from the base model upward. The base model comes with active ride control, halogen headlights, and 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers. It's on the inside where you really get bang for your buck, though. The base model has cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, and driver assistance features like auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Move up to the SV and you get alloy wheels, navigation, fog lights, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. S and SV models have a 50-kW quick-charge port. S Plus models come with the larger 62 kWh battery, a more powerful motor, and a 100-kW quick charger. SV Plus cars also add an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a power driver's seat, a surround-view monitor, and intelligent driver awareness assistance, while the top-spec SL Plus comes with leather seats, LED turn signals in the exterior mirrors, and a cargo cover.

Infotainment

In cars with no engine noise or vibration to hum along to, an infotainment system becomes all the more important. Sadly, the base sound system comprises only four speakers, with two added in the mid-spec versions, with neither option offering anything to write home about. The Bose Energy-Efficient premium sound system has seven speakers, but is only available on the SL Plus; it does a much better job of playing tunes loud enough to drown out any awkward silences. All trims have a SiriusXM Radio with a three-month subscription included, at least.

Infotainment is managed from an eight-inch color touchscreen across the range. It runs an operating system called NissanConnect, which is very user-friendly, intuitive, and comes with all the modern connectivity necessities. It has Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sirius XM. SV and SL trims have standard navigation.

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