What’s the best year for a used Nissan Leaf?

I’m interested in buying an electric car, and I’ve been looking at getting a Nissan Leaf. I want to buy it used, but when I try researching them, I get a lot of different answers. So what’s the best year for a used Nissan Leaf? Is there a definitive answer?

Matt Terzi · Answered on Jan 10, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s difficult to say the best year for a used Nissan Leaf so long as you’re avoiding a problematic lemon year. We caution you to avoid models from 2011 through 2013, as well as the 2015 model year.
Those cars had some issues other model years don’t have, namely issues with their batteries, an important element in an electric car.
On a tighter budget we recommend the 2017 Nissan Leaf. It has well-rounded features and you’ll still find some on the market with reasonable mileage.
If you want something a bit newer, the 2020 and 2021 models have more modern features, like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, blind-spot monitoring, and remote engine start. But do weigh the cost of the vehicle versus buying a new model. The price difference might be manageable, and who doesn’t love driving a brand-new car?
We hope this information is useful and helps you find the perfect new-to-you Nissan Leaf. You may want to check out our list of affordable electric cars, too. There are some great alternatives to the Nissan Leaf you may want to consider and many have used models on the market, too.
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