Nissan Leaf

The Leaf was the first mass-market all-electric vehicle available in the U.S. and is the sales champ among EVs and plug-ins. It is a competent, small hatchback that seats four passengers comfortably and has room for a modest luggage load. Nissan says drivers will get 70 to 120 miles per charge, depending on weather and driving habits. The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV000048" title="U.S. Environmental Protection Agency" href="/topic/environmental-issues/u.s.-environmental-protection-agency-ORGOV000048.topic">Environmental Protection Agency</a> puts the number at 73. The 2012 base model's sticker price will be $36,050, including destination charge. The higher-trim-level Leaf SL will have a sticker price of $38,100, including destination charge. The Leaf qualifies for federal and state incentives and carpool lane permits. It has also earned the top safety ratings from the IIHS and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000165" title="National Highway Traffic Safety Administration" href="/topic/transportation/highway-road-transportation/national-highway-traffic-safety-administration-ORGOV0000165.topic">NHTSA</a>.

( Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times )

The Leaf was the first mass-market all-electric vehicle available in the U.S. and is the sales champ among EVs and plug-ins. It is a competent, small hatchback that seats four passengers comfortably and has room for a modest luggage load. Nissan says drivers will get 70 to 120 miles per charge, depending on weather and driving habits. The Environmental Protection Agency puts the number at 73. The 2012 base model's sticker price will be $36,050, including destination charge. The higher-trim-level Leaf SL will have a sticker price of $38,100, including destination charge. The Leaf qualifies for federal and state incentives and carpool lane permits. It has also earned the top safety ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA.

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