Nissan Leaf Interior

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2017 Nissan Leaf Interior Overview

Though the styling in the 2017 Nissan Leaf's cabin is modern and striking, there are some low-rent materials that make it look cheap. Still, it's generally nice to be in, with comfortable seats, plenty of room, and user-friendly tech features. The Leaf's cargo capacity is above average for a plug-in hybrid or EV but less than what many compact hatchbacks offer.

  • "Despite the Leaf's economy car roots, the interior is surprisingly pleasant. There's a strong emphasis on modern design, with a large center stack in the middle of the dash housing most of the car's system controls." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The 2014 Nissan Leaf has a futuristic and airy cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Interior trim is comprised mostly of uninspired, budget-grade plastic. Given Leaf's price and high technology, it's not entirely inappropriate here." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Seating

The 2017 Leaf seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and heated front seats. The SV trim comes with cloth upholstery that's made from recycled materials, and the SL trim has leather upholstery along with heated rear seats.

The front seats are nicely cushioned, though they don't support your sides very well. You'll easily find a comfortable driving position and enjoy a commanding view in every direction. The cabin feels large inside, with plenty of room for passengers, even in the rear seats.

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Leaf's outboard rear seats, along with an extra upper tether on the middle seat. The LATCH system only earns a Marginal score for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety because the lower anchors are hard to access.

  • "We'd like more side support from the otherwise comfortable front seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats are comfortable, and the driving position is good. Visibility is great, especially with the redesigned rear headrests." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "The 2015 Nissan Leaf's battery pack is located under the floor beneath the seats, a design that contributes to the car's airy cabin and rear seats roomy enough even for tall passengers." -- Edmunds (2015)

Interior Features

The Leaf comes standard with a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 5-inch color display, push-button start, automatic climate control, and a rearview camera. Optional features include a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, HD Radio, a 7-inch display, a 360-degree camera, and the NissanConnect EV telematics system.

The Leaf has numerous tech features, and they're intuitive to use. There are extra gauges to display the status of the Leaf's EV systems, and they clearly communicate information to drivers, even those who are used to driving gas-powered cars. It's simple to set climate or navigation settings.

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  • "For all the new technology in the Leaf, it certainly operates like a normal car. That's high praise for Nissan, since the Leaf isn't meant to confuse drivers with gadgetry and high-tech equipment." -- Autotrader
  • "Part of the Leaf's charm -- and success -- comes from its comfortable cabin with cutting-edge technology that doesn't intimidate. You won't need a computer science background to operate the Leaf's various bells and whistles, and the cabin is pleasant and roomy." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Leaf's two-tier gauge layout is reminiscent of the Honda Civic. It works well here. While a few displays in the binnacle below the speedometer are unconventional, they're easy to understand and read at a glance. The climate controls are self-evident, and the navigation system is fairly easy to program." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

There's 23.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the Leaf's rear seats, which is more than most compact cars have. Folding the rear seats will increase cargo space to 30 cubic feet. Many hatchback rivals have more overall cargo room, but the Leaf does beat the cargo capacity of most electric and plug-in hybrid rivals. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard.

  • "… behind the rear seats is an admirable 24 cubic feet of cargo space, with 60/40 folding rear seats for larger items." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Cargo room behind the rear seats is generous, at 24 cubic feet." -- Edmunds (2014)
Review Last Updated: 2/17/17
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