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Why You Shouldn’t Waste Your Money on a Nissan Leaf - Toyota Parts Blog

Should you buy the Nissan Leaf? It’s a compact, all-electric vehicle. It reportedly gets 99 miles on a single charge.

It sounds like an interesting concept. But before you buy one, we think you should hold off. Here’s why.

  • Reported Battery Problems MIT Technology Review reported that some Leaf owners in warmer climates of the country are experiencing a decrease in battery capacity. It’s the same type of battery capacity fade issues you experience with your smartphones and laptop computers over time.
  • High Cost – The Leaf starts at $27,700. You’re not getting much car for $27,000. In our opinion, the interior is cramped. By comparison, the Camry hybrid starts at $25,000 and you get a lot more car.
  • Don’t Forget to Charge – This is a 100 percent electric vehicle. As U.S. News reports, it can take up to 20 hours to charge your vehicle without a quick charging station. That’s almost an entire day. It’s almost better to go with a hybrid gas and electric engine.
  • New Technology – Electric cars are going to get better. At the moment, it’s not worth your hard-earned money to invest in a relatively young technology. If you’re looking to save on energy costs and help the environment, why not get a Prius?
  • Reliability Question – The leaf scored 3 out of 5 in the Predicted Reliability rating by J.D. Power and Associates. When you’re spending significant money on a vehicle, you want to be sure to have a car that is reliable.

What are your thoughts on the Nissan Leaf? Leave your comments below. At Toyota Parts Center we are the No. 1 seller of Toyota parts on the web. Visit our website at parts.olathetoyota.com .

Written by Tom Blackman