NEW FOR 2014:

– Standard reverse camera on all models

Nissan’s all-electric LEAF silently wafts into 2014 with a new standard rear camera.

Last year’s update saw the LEAF become considerably more competitive against the likes of the Ford Focus Electric thanks to a new 6.6-kW onboard charger that slashes charge times in half when using a 240-volt power source.

All LEAFs are powered by an 80-kW electric motor that receives power from a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Charge times range from 21 hours on a standard household plug to around five hours from a 240-volt source. A fast-charge port (SV, SL) allows the LEAF to be charged up to 80 percent battery life in as little as 30 minutes. Total range is roughly 160 km. A special CARWINGS telematics feature, no-charge for 36 months, allows the operator to remotely monitor the battery, start the charging cycle or turn on the HVAC system through a mobile phone.

Trim levels are S, SV and SL.

Features on the S trim include 6.6 kW onboard charger, regenerative braking, portable tickle-charge cable (110-volt), cruise control, normal charge port, charge port light and lock, proximity key with push-button start, heated front and rear seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic temperature control, 60/40 split fold-down rear sears with rear seat heater ducts, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with USB port, rear spoiler, splash guards, and a reverse camera.

SV trim adds Nissan Navigation System with seven-inch touch-screen monitor, NavTraffic, CARWINGS telematics system, six-speaker audio, 16-inch alloy wheels, hybrid heater system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, partially recycled cloth seats, passenger side map pocket, and quick charge port.

SL trim adds leather seating, LED headlights, automatic on/off headlights, fog lights, 17-inch 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, HomeLink, photovoltaic solar-panel rear spoiler, cargo cover, seven-speaker Bose audio system, and Around View Monitor.

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