2021/05/20 | Test drive
The 3 Best 100% Electric Cars: Discover the 2021 Nissan LEAF
Over the next year, we're going to see a tremendous number of electric vehicle offerings, while the next five years are going to be phenomenal. A greater selection will provide even more choices than there are today.
As we write this article, we're beginning to see a good offering in both cars and SUVs. The car category is still dominated by the Nissan LEAF, which made electric cars more accessible 10 years ago.
In order to discover it, Alma Nissan from the Groupe L'Ami Junior invites you to explore the new Nissan LEAF electric car online or in person at your Lac-Saint-Jean dealership near Saint-Bruno. You’ll be able to check out our inventory of new Nissan vehicles as well as our used Nissan vehicles. Whether you're looking for a Nissan sports car, a competitively-priced 2020 Nissan Rogue SUV or to take advantage of a special offer on a Qashqai, your Nissan dealer in Alma will meet everyone's needs.
As for the LEAF, discover why it still holds the top spot in its category when compared to its two main rivals, the Chevrolet Bolt and the Hyundai Ioniq.
A Luxury Car
Without taking anything away from the Nissan LEAF's rivals, the latter looks like a luxury car in comparison. This isn't because Chevrolet and Hyundai offer low-end vehicles, but rather because Nissan has gone all out with the current generation of its LEAF.
Revamped in 2018, the LEAF is high-quality and has an upscale interior. Its look is more high-end and the materials used in the cabin reflect the same quality.
The 2021 Nissan LEAF also stands out from its two rivals on the road. While the Hyundai Ioniq does well in this regard, it doesn't offer the smooth ride or soundproofing found inside the LEAF. As for the Chevrolet Bolt, the whole thing could use a redesign, as its current seats are not very comfortable. In addition, its road handling is not smooth, and its cabin is not quiet enough to provide a relaxing ride.
The three cars we’ve showcased offer different autonomy capabilities. It's no secret that the best is the Chevrolet Bolt. However, considering the low level of comfort it provides, the extra 50 kilometres or so it offers over the LEAF doesn’t make much of a difference. Driving 417 kilometres but getting out of the car with a sore back isn’t worth it when you could drive only 54 kilometres less while enjoying Nissan's "zero gravity" seats, the most comfortable in the industry.
In addition, Nissan gives you two options, including a more affordable model with a shorter range (240 km) for those with a more consistent commute. Hyundai has the same approach with its Ioniq, but in both cases, the autonomy offered is less than that promised by the equivalent models of the LEAF. In concrete terms, we're talking about 200 and 274 km for the Hyundai model.
Finally, the other "detail" that puts the Nissan LEAF in a class of its own is the driving experience it provides. While the Chevrolet Bolt and the Hyundai Ioniq have their faults, the LEAF's driving experience is flawless. The comfort level, the handling, the vehicle’s stability, the quietness, the steering feel - everything is on another level.
For all these reasons, the Nissan LEAF is still the most interesting electric car on the market.
Drop by your Alma Nissan dealership to check it out. Our professionals will be happy to answer all your questions.