The company announced that Nissan had unveiled its 2022 Leaf with more standard features and a lower base price tag, making it the cheapest EV in the US. The most basic model, the Leaf S with a 40 kWh battery, now costs $27,400 or $28,375, including the destination charge — or $20,875 if you qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit. That means it’s less than the $29,900 Mini SE and can go farther, too, with 149 miles of range versus 114.
The 40 kWh Leaf SV drops from $34,935 to $28,800, while the longer-range 62 kWh Leaf SV Plus is now $32,400 compared to $38,245 (all prices exclude destination charges and federal incentives). The S and SV models deliver 147 horsepower, 236-pound feet of torque, and up to 149 miles of EPA range, while the S Plus offers a more powerful 160 kW motor that produces 214 horsepower 250-pound feet of torque and 226 miles of range.
The $4,245 price drop for the basic S Leaf compared to the 2021 model, and an even more dramatic $6,135 decrease for the SV model sounds like a lot. However, the new prices essentially match what buyers were paying for Leafs last year if you count buyer incentives, as Motor Trend reported. And, of course, the Leaf has essentially become passé as Nissan prepares to sell the Ariya early in 2022. Still, the new prices will help buyers compare prices without having to jump through hoops. And the new models do have some valuable improvements. The main thing is that all Leaf models now include a CHAdeMo quick charge port, ProPilot assists, and Nissan’s “Intelligent Around View” monitor as standard.