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Simplified 2023 Nissan Leaf Lineup Is Also More Expensive

2023 Nissan Leaf EV
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2023 Nissan Leaf EV

The 2023 Leaf has a few small styling tweaks.

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What's happening

Nissan announced pricing for the 2023 Leaf lineup on Tuesday, and the EV costs $470 more than before.

Why it matters

The Leaf is one of the least expensive new EVs on sale, though it can't quite match the range or performance of many of its competitors.

What's next

The updated 2023 Leaf is available at Nissan dealers now.

Nissan simplified its Leaf EV lineup for the 2023 model year, and on Tuesday, the automaker confirmed pricing for the restructured range. The base Leaf now starts at $28,895 including $1,095 for destination -- a $470 increase over the 2022 model -- though that excludes a potential $7,500 federal tax credit.

The base Leaf S uses a 40-kilowatt-hour battery with an EPA-estimated range of 149 miles. The uplevel Leaf SV Plus, meanwhile, has a 60-kWh battery with an EPA-estimated 212-mile range. The SV Plus costs $36,895 including destination (another $470 increase) and comes standard with Nissan's excellent ProPilot Assist driver-assistance suite that combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping tech.

Even with these small price increases, the Leaf is one of the least expensive new electric cars on sale today. It's worth noting recently gave its Bolt EV and Bolt EUV hatchbacks major price cuts that actually slot below the Leaf, and the Chevy pair offers more range, too.

The Leaf isn't the newest EV on the block anymore, and it can't quite match the features, performance and range of hot tickets like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6. However, the low pricing should still make the Leaf attractive to buyers who want simple electric transportation. The 2023 Leaf is available at Nissan dealers now.

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Steven Ewing Former managing editor
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.

Article updated on June 21, 2022 at 8:44 AM PDT

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Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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