1st Gen (2011 – 2018) Nissan Leaf Problems

The 1st generation of the Leaf has a cumulative PainRank™ of 2.74. That can be compared against other Nissan generations. Shopping for a Nissan? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 2011–2018 Leaf model years have sent in 22 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the electrical (40%) followed by the brakes (27%) and the wheels (13%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2018 0
2017 0
2016 1
2015 3
2014 0
2013 8
2012 2
2011 8

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