2023 Nissan Leaf EV Fields Simpler Lineup, Pricing Up Slightly

  • Nissan announced today that its 2023 Leaf will get some minor changes, some of which are not easy to spot.
  • The Leaf lineup has been cut from five models to two: a 147-hp base model and a 214-hp SV Plus.
  • The 2023 Leaf’s price is up $470 from the current model, starting at $28,895 for the S and $36,895 for the SV Plus.

    UPDATE 6/21/22: Nissan has announced pricing for the 2023 Leaf, which is up $470 compared with the 2022 model. The S starts at $28,895 and the SV Plus starts at $36,895. We have updated the story accordingly.

    Suddenly, EVs are having their moment, yet the electric car that’s been around since 2010, the Nissan Leafseems lost in the shuffle. For 2023, even as Nissan prepares to launch its new, bigger, flashier, and pricier Ariya electricthe automaker is also giving the Leaf a little love. But just a little.

    Michael SimariCar and Driver

    Up front, the grille, headlights, and bumper have been changed, but even looking at pictures side by side, the differences aren’t easy to spot. Nissan says various body elements also have been reshaped for improved aerodynamics. The standout new design element is the Leaf’s funky new multispoke wheels. Oh, and the Nissan badge is illuminated, because that’s now a thing.

    The 2022 lineup of five models has been trimmed to just two, the base S and the mid-grade SV Plus. As before, the base car has a 147-horsepower electric motor fed by a 40.0-kWh battery pack—both numbers that are looking pretty small in the new competitive landscape. The SV Plus returns with its more respectable 214-hp motor and 62.0-kWh battery. Both models have front-wheel drive. EPA range estimates aren’t expected to stray far (if at all) from the current 149 miles for the S and 215 miles for the SV Plus. We got 180 miles out of the SV Plus in our 75-mph road test. Note that the Leaf continues to use a CHAdeMO charging connection, while the new Ariya adopts the more popular CCS connection used by most other automakers.

    Michael SimariCar and Driver

    One thing that’s not quite unchanged is the pricing, which is up $470 compared with last year. The 2023 Leaf S will start at $28,895 and the SV Plus at $36,895 when the models arrive this summer. That’s a bit more than the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, which both received a significant price cut for 2023 and now start at $26,595 and $28,195. Of course, those GM vehicles no longer qualify for the $7500 tax credit that the Leaf is still eligible for, but Nissan is expected to hit that 200,000-vehicle cap later this year.

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