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2014 Nissan Leaf is a great daily driver, within limits

People with predictable driving patterns and who want a zero-emission vehicle are likely to love the Nissan Leaf, a roomy electric family car that serves perfectly well until life throws a curve ball. Then, you’ve got a problem.
BY Christian Wardlaw
Monday, April 28, 2014, 11:09 AM


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2014 nissan leaf front Christian Wardlaw / New York Daily News The Nissan Leaf makes for a pretty good second car.

Ultimately, I decided that I didn’t want to chance it.

While I was test-driving the 2014 Nissan Leaf, my family decided to visit Disneyland, which is 70.25 miles away from our home. I wasn’t worried about charging the Leaf while we Yo-Ho’d our way through Pirates of the Caribbean, because earlier this year the self-proclaimed Happiest Place on Earth installed 20 charging stations in its main parking structure. And I was only moderately concerned about making it to our destination given the Leaf’s 84-mile range.

No, the deal killer was that I didn’t want to take the shortest-distance 70.25-mile route through downtown Los Angeles and south on Interstate 5 because I wanted to skip the brunt of the mid-week morning traffic rush by using carpool lanes.

From my neck of the L.A. woods, carpool lanes are available only on the I-405 freeway, adding mileage to the trip and, by extension, meaning the Leaf’s battery would probably die before making it to the House of Mouse. Instead, we drove a good-for-20-mpg minivan to Anaheim.\


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