Prices have been reduced by significant amounts.
If you're interested in buying your first electric vehicle but don't have the budget for a Tesla Model 3, then you really need to consider the tried and true Nissan Leaf. Sure, it may not have Tesla's range and an extensive list of tech features, but the second-generation Leaf hatchback, launched for 2017, remains an attractive option. And now it's more affordable than ever.
Pricing for the 2022 Nissan Leaf has just been announced and instead of the typical yearly increase a majority of vehicles receive, this EV has actually dropped in price. The entry-level Leaf S now carries a starting price of $27,400, not including the $7,500 federal tax credit and other state-by-state benefits.
For 2021, this exact trim cost $31,670. Nissan didn't remove any features. It simply cut the price and once that federal tax credit is factored in for those eligible, a brand-new 2022 Leaf costs as low as $19,900.
All 2022 Leafs gain more standard features, including the CHAdeMO Quick Charge Port and a portable 240-volt charging cable. Eight features from the optional Technology Package are also now standard, including ProPilot Assist and Intelligent Around View.
The Leaf S comes powered by a 40-kWh battery pack producing 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Total range is only 149 miles, but that's just fine for city driving and short commutes in general.
If that's not powerful enough or additional range is required, the S Plus trim boasts a larger 62-kWh battery, a total of 214 hp and 250 lb-ft, and up to 226 miles of range for $32,400 (not including the federal tax credit).
The rest of the 2022 Leaf lineup carries over unchanged with generous price cuts as well. The SV, SV Plus, and SL Plus begin at $28,800, $35,400, and $37,400, respectively. Last year, those starting prices were as follows: $34,960, $40,520, and $43,970.
As you can see, we're talking several thousand dollar differences. The 2022 pricing listed above does not include the $975 destination fee, though this shouldn't deter anyone. The 2022 Nissan Leaf is on sale right now.