The Nissan Leaf is one of the oldest battery-electric vehicles on the market, having launched way back in December of 2010. The current, second-generation Leaf has been in production since October of 2017 as well, meaning that it’s a bit behind other, newer EVs in a number of ways. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the 2022 Nissan Leaf is significantly cheaper than the 2021 model, to the point where it’s now the most affordable new EV on the market.
The 2022 Nissan Leaf S features a starting MSRP of $28,375 (with a $975 destination and handling charge included), which makes it a whopping $4,245 cheaper than last year’s model. It’s also quite a bit cheaper than the Mini Cooper Electric, which was previously the most affordable EV on the market with a starting price of $30,570.
That small outlay of cash nets buyers a 40 kWh battery pack and a meager 149 miles of range – far less than the majority of the Leaf’s competition. The 2022 Leaf does come standard with a CHAdeMO fast-charging connector, but those chargers are not quite as common as the more prevalent CCS chargers.
Stepping up to SV trim will cost buyers at least $29,775, which is $6,135 less than last year, and adds a few niceties, albeit with the same battery pack and range as S trim. The Leaf S Plus comes with a 62 kWh battery pack that provides 226 miles of range and now starts out at $33,375 – a $5,845 drop. The Leaf SV Plus will set buyers back $36,375 and provide 215 miles of range, while the Leaf SL Plus also offers up 215 miles of range for $38,375 – a whopping $6,545 less than last year.
These prices make the Leaf an attractive option for shoppers seeking an EV that don’t necessarily need to take it on longer trips, but in terms of range, the model pales in comparison to the Ford Mustang Mach-E on almost every level. The Mach-E delivers as little as 230 miles of range or as much as 300 depending on the model, but it also costs more across the board, with prices ranging from $42,895 for the RWD Standard Range to $59,900 for the Mach-E GT.