1st Generation (2011—2017) Leaf Problems

This generations ranks 25th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (40%), brakes (27%), and the wheels (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Range Is Diminished Dramatically With Low Tempertures 1 complaints at an average of 5,000 miles in the 2013 Nissan Leaf.
  2. Brakes Locked Up 2 complaints at an average of 5,747 miles in the 2013 Nissan Leaf.
  3. Heater Stopped Working 1 complaints at an average of 44,000 miles in the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

What Leaf Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2017 0 1 23 0.0
2016 1 3 29 0.81
2015 3 3 26 7.3
2014 0 5 28 0.0
2013 8 4 37 8.25
2012 2 0 31 1.14
2011 8 0 34 4.34

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