2014 SL model recognized in magazine’s 2014 buyer’s guide, part of distinguished “Tried & Tested” series
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tried, tested and trusted, the 2014 Nissan LEAF SL is the top “Roomy Electric” vehicle pick in the Good Housekeeping November buyer’s guide as selected by the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI). The world’s best-selling electric vehicle is one of eight cars selected in their annual 2014 car review. LEAF was specifically noted for its “impressive” cruising range, value enhanced by available federal and state tax incentives and segment-exclusive Around View Monitor, great for parking or backing out.
Good Housekeeping’s top cars were picked based upon track performance, performance while driving on suburban roads and highways, as well as evaluations on the ergonomics and convenience features of the vehicles.
“As more than 64,000 American LEAF owners will tell you, the economics of going electric are simple: Buy a Nissan LEAF and save money by conveniently charging at home instead of paying more at the gas pump,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S. “But the real beauty of the Nissan LEAF is that it’s roomy and, best of all, fun to drive, which is why it received this honor from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.”
With more than 142,000 LEAF sales globally since launch and more than 64,000 in the U.S., Nissan is the global leader in electric vehicles. LEAF seats up to five passengers and boasts an EPA-estimated* driving range of 84 miles on a fully-charged battery and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. The starting price of a Nissan LEAF is about $22,000** after the available maximum $7,500 federal tax credit, while providing the benefits of lower running costs and less scheduled maintenance.
LEAF is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery and an 80kW motor that provides a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience.
The all-electric Nissan LEAF is offered in three trim levels, and shoppers can choose from a variety of available premium features such as leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-speaker BOSE® energy efficient audio system and an available 6.6kW onboard charger that significantly reduces charging times on a 240V charging dock.
To view GHI’s product reviews, please visit http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/. You can see the vehicles selected in the November issue of Good Housekeeping, which is on sale today.
About the Good Housekeeping Institute
The Good Housekeeping = Institute (GHI) is the product-evaluation laboratory of the magazine, with a staff of scientists, engineers, nutritionists, and researchers dedicated to evaluating and testing everything from moisturizers to bed sheets to cell phones. Also part of GHI is the test kitchen, which creates, tastes, and triple-tests (at least) the thousands of recipes appearing annually in the magazine and on goodhousekeeping.com.
The Institute was founded in 1900 to improve the lives of consumers and their families through education and product evaluation. It has departments specializing in consumer electronics and engineering, to test appliances like flat-screen TVs and refrigerators; health, beauty, and environmental sciences for beauty and hair-care products; textiles, paper, and plastics, which analyzes fiber-based products like sweaters, suitcases, and backpacks; and the editorial test kitchens to assess foods’ nutrition claims and create low-cost, family-friendly meal solutions. Results from GHRI’s product evaluations are published in each issue of Good Housekeeping under the rubric “The Test” and on the Product Reviews channel on goodhousekeeping.com
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*2015 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 126 city, 101 highway. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the LEAF® equivalent to 126 MPG measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 101 MPG in highway driving. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only. 2015 EPA range of 84 miles.
**2015 Nissan LEAF as low as $21,510 net value after maximum federal tax credit of $7,500. MSRP $29,010. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and spec are subject to change without notice. Excludes tax, title, license and destination charges.The incentive referenced is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute tax or legal advice. All persons considering use of available incentives should consult with their own tax or legal professional to determine eligibility, specific amount of incentives available, if any, and further details.