The Nissan Leaf Is Back and Refreshed for 2023

The 2023 Nissan Leaf has a refreshed look, an updated battery, and a bold determination to outwit some of its old rivals. Let's take a closer look.
Written by Lisa Steuer McArdle
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
May 30, 2022
It’s been about 13 years since
Nissan
first launched the celebrated Leaf—an affordable, reliable, and efficient EV. Now, the 2023 Nissan Leaf has a refreshed look, an updated battery, and a bold determination to outwit some of its old rivals.
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What does the 2023 Nissan Leaf look like?

Little about Leaf's crisp exterior has changed. The company has aerodynamically modified some parts, such as tire deflectors and rear spoilers, to cut through the air at over 80 mph. 
The SV Plus trim is equipped with fancy multi-spoke 17-inch wheels for a vintage profile. 
The front also receives several changes. The grille and headlights are streamlined to reduce drag, according to
Car and Driver

The interior of the Nissan Leaf

Although the Leaf's interior hasn't evolved much, you will still interact with a relaxing cabin adorned with black well-texture plastics. A cluster of gauges and a 7-inch screen next to an ergonomic steering wheel displays commands and engine operations. 
Massive comfortable front and back seats give you a glimpse into how ample the interior space is. Seven carry-on suitcases can fit behind the back seats. The number jumps to 19 when you fold down seats.  
Unique to the 2023's model is a featured Nissan logo on the steering wheel, gray and glossy black finishes differentiating S and SV interiors respectively, and advanced ProPILOT Assist—which can either stop, hold or return a car to full speed on a busy road. 

A people's car tuned for the road

Nissan has been pioneering mass production. With more than half a million Leafs sold, we can comfortably agree it has successfully applied the same concept to EVs. Of course, mass production comes with reduced costs. 
Initially, the Leaf came out in five trim levels. Nissan has reduced them to just two: the S and SV Plus trim, with a price gap of almost $5,000 between them. 
The S trim rolls out in a slightly smaller 40kWh battery with a 147 hp motor, up from 107. In today's world, this power might not be attractive, but who wouldn't want to hit almost 150 miles on a single charge? S trim compactness allows you to achieve that. 
However, at an acceleration time of 7.6 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, the S is slower than the Kia Bolt E6 and Tesla Model 3. But what it lacks in speed, it has compensated for in 236 lb-ft of torque. 
If you are looking for a silent beast on wheels, the SV Plus is your match. The car has a massive 62 kWh battery pack that powers a gutsier 214 hp motor, which emits less than 64 dB.  
Summing up performance specs, Nissan claims this lineup is tailored to meet technologies consumers had requested and still offers them the best value for their money, according to
MotorTrend

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