The Electric Vehicle League is full of exciting new players. But there, at the end of the bench, sits a shrewd veteran with braces on his knees who can still get the job done. And everyone knows these guys are solid investments.
The Nissan Leaf rolls into the 2023 model year, its 13th year on the market, with an updated look and a simplified list of choices for buyers.
The 2023 Leaf starts at $27,800 plus a target fee of $1,095 — unchanged even in a year when most manufacturers are raising delivery fees to offset increased transportation costs.
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Last year, the Nissan NSANY +0.25% sold the Leaf in five trim levels. This year, dealers will only be stocking the two most popular ones – the base S model and the well-appointed SV Plus model.
You are very different. The S uses a 147-horsepower 147-horsepower motor and a 40-kWh battery for a 149-mile range. The SV Plus has more of everything, with 214 horsepower and a range of 212 miles.
Both get updated stitching for 2023. The grille loses a chrome accent line and gains a backlit Nissan logo. The designers also redesigned the headlights, although the changes are subtle enough to be overlooked.
2023 Nissan Leaf
The hand’s best trick, however, has always been its prize. It remains America’s cheapest electric vehicle, though likely not for long.
Chevy recently dropped the price of its Bolt EV to just $25,600. However, the Leaf is still eligible for the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit. Bolt no more. Once the credits have been settled, the old Nissan is still the cheapest way to get into a new battery car.
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However, the tax credit applies to the first 200,000 electric vehicles sold by the manufacturer. Nissan is approaching the limit and won’t be able to exceed it until this summer at the earliest. In this case, the tax credit is halved for the remainder of the year and then ceases entirely. The hand then loses its value advantage.
However, retirement could be in sight for the newspaper.
Reports surfaced last year that Nissan plans to replace the Leaf with an electric SUV by 2025. The brand already has the second generation of the electric vehicle – the 2023 Aria – on its way to dealerships. The Aria sold out before it could even reach US ports – a common situation for new electric vehicles this year. But this experience could encourage Nissan to launch a new affordable electric vehicle soon.
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but not yet. The Leaf remains a steal for the 2023 season having taken more than a decade to keep the new kids hooked with its reasonable price and the reliability of a platform engineer tweak.
Nissan also charges $1,095 to ship the Leaf.
Sheet S: $27,800
Leaf SV Plus: $35,800
This story originally ran KBB.com,