Kelley Blue Book has recognized the Nissan LEAF as the best electric car in its “5-Year Cost to Own Awards” for the third consecutive year. The awards recognize vehicles in each segment that have the lowest projected costs over the first five-years of ownership.
The awards, based on Kelley Blue Book’s extensive ownership research data, take into consideration depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees for all new models. The awards were announced at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.
“Since we sold the first Nissan LEAF in late 2010, owners have been seeing the financial benefits of trading gas for electricity and significantly less routine maintenance offered by an EV,” said Aditya Jairaj, director, EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “With a long list of standard safety enhancements for the new model year, we believe LEAF has become an even greater value for 2020.”
Nissan Safety Shield 360 is now standard on all models and includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Additional standard features on all 2020 LEAF models include Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Blind Spot Intervention.
LEAF offers two battery options, 40 kWh (LEAF) and 62 kWh (LEAF PLUS), ensuring that there’s a Nissan LEAF to meet the driving needs of a wide range of customers. Nissan LEAF PLUS joined the lineup in 2019 with an EPA range up to 226 miles. The standard Nissan LEAF has a range up to 149 miles. This allows customers to choose which LEAF best suits their needs. Because ownership satisfaction and peace of mind are pivotal for all Nissan LEAF owners, the battery limited warranty of 8 years/100,000 mile (whichever occurs first) is standard for all versions.