When Nissan showed off the largely unchanged 2016 Leaf, it offered a larger battery on its higher trims. Now, for 2017, it's making that battery standard across all trims, but it comes with a cost, albeit a smallish one.
Nissan now offers the 30-kWh battery as standard equipment across all three Leaf trims, which increases range from 84 miles to 107. It also increases the price. Whereas the 2016 Nissan Leaf S started at $29,010, its 2017 MSRP is $30,680. The battery itself is not larger, but rather, Nissan adjusted the battery's internals to provide for increased capacity.
The 24-kWh battery pack has been discontinued, a move that started in the 2016 model year.
Otherwise, the Leaf is largely unchanged. The electric motor still puts out 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. The charge time is estimated at 6.6 hours with a Level 2 (240 volt) charger. It still looks weird. The shifter on the console still looks very weird.
If you opt for the higher SV ($34,200) or SL ($36,790) trims, you'll get Nissan's touchscreen navigation system with a 7-inch screen. You also get the NissanConnect EV system, which requires a free subscription. That allows you to access the vehicle remotely, monitoring charge state and managing the charging itself. You can also pre-condition the cabin to be nice and toasty when you're ready to depart.
When we drove theearlier this year, we enjoyed its nimble handling and flat torque curve. Sadly, the car is a bit behind the times when it comes to active and passive safety systems, with its only true standout feature being Around View Monitor, which provides a top-down look at the area around the car.