Nissan’s 2016 Leaf boasts 107-mile range with larger, optional battery pack

The Nissan Leaf is the bestselling electric car in history, but the current-generation model is beginning to show its age. The Leaf has been on sale since December 2010, which is a long time by industry standards. And so with a new second-generation model not expected until at least 2017, the 2016 Leaf is getting an upgrade.

It may look the same on the outside, but the 2016 Leaf gets a key new option in the form of a larger, 30-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack. This should afford up to 107 miles of range per charge, Nissan says. That’s a 23-mile increase over the 24-kWh pack that was mandatory on previous models, and that remains standard on the 2016 Leaf.

With the larger pack, the Leaf’s range still falls short of the much more expensive Tesla Model S, but beats out pretty much every other similarly-priced electric car. The powertrain remains unchanged, with an electric motor sending 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels.

On the tech front, an updated NissanConnect with Mobile Apps infotainment system is now standard on all models, with a 5.0-inch display screen on the base Leaf S, and a 7.0-inch screen on the SV and SL models. The two upper trim levels also get a revised navigation system and voice controls. Nissan says menu graphics and customization options have been improved, and battery-charge information is updated more frequently.

SV and SL models also get the NissanConnect EV system, which allows remote control of certain vehicle functions. Drivers can use it to monitor the battery’s state of charge, start charging, and turn on the climate control. A subscription is required, although owners don’t have to pay anything for it.

The 2016 Nissan Leaf with the new 30-kWh battery pack starts at $35,050 for the Leaf SV, and $37,640 for the Leaf SL. The base Leaf S with the smaller 24-kWh pack starts at $29,860. All prices include destination.


Tesla keeps promise with more affordable Model 3 with midrange battery pack

Tesla is keeping its promise of making the Model 3 gradually more affordable. The company released a new variant of the car with a mid-range, 260-mile battery option that's priced under the $50,000 mark.

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.

There are four versions of the Mate 20, but which one is the best?

Huawei revealed its full range of Mate 20 handsets, and it seems that there is a device that fits everyone's needs. We've compared all the options, including the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20 X, the Mate 20, and the Mate 20 Lite.
Emerging Tech

Here are the best (and least likely to explode) hoverboards you can buy

With widespread reports of cheap, knock-off Chinese hoverboards exploding, these self-balancing scooters may be getting a rough reputation. They're not all bad, though. Ride in style with our picks for the best -- and safest -- hoverboards

'4WD' or 'AWD'? Which setup is right for you?

Although four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) are related, they are actually quite different in how they operate. Here, we talk about the fundamental differences between the two systems, and what it means for you as a driver.

Google Maps now shows EV owners the way to the nearest charging station

Google Maps now lets electric-car owners find the nearest charging station with ease. It's also added data on the number and types of ports available, charging speeds, and notes on the business where the station is located.
Product Review

Audi's new A8 is so sophisticated and serene, it practically deletes potholes

The 2019 Audi A8’s outline looks promising: Level 3 autonomous driving capability, haptic-feedback infotainment screens, rear-wheel steering, Matrix LED headlights and OLED taillights, plus a predictive suspension.

Heads up, George Jetson: Terrafugia starts taking orders for its flying car

The Terrafugia Transition flying car will go on sale next year, roughly a decade after the first prototype rolled out of its hangar. Terrafugia promises improvements, including a hybrid powertrain, to make up for the long wait.

At 503 mph, Turbinator II is the world’s fastest wheel-driven vehicle

The Turbinator II is a four-wheel drive streamliner powered by a 5,000-horsepower helicopter engine, and it just achieved 503.332 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. That's an unofficial record for a wheel-driven car.

Lyft has a new fixed-price subscription plan for frequent passengers

Lyft wants you to save money by using rideshare services instead of owning a car. The new Lyft All-Access Plan monthly rideshare trip subscription includes 30 rides a month with a small discount for additional trips.

Could the next Mazda3 boast a fuel-saving breakthrough in engine tech?

Mazda released a teaser video that likely previews the next Mazda3. Expected to make its global debut at the L.A. auto show, the next 3 will wear a more curvaceous design and offer one of the most advanced engines in the automotive…

Workhorse takes on diesel with lighter, cheaper NGEN-1000 electric delivery van

Ohio-based Workhorse Group claims its new NGEN-1000 electric delivery van costs the same as a conventional diesel van and can haul a similar amount of cargo. A lower curb weight makes this possible.

Forget transponders with Peasy’s nationwide pay-as-you-go toll service

Verra Mobility launched Peasy, a consumer highway and bridge toll payment service. Designed to be less hassle than managing traditional transponder or toll tag accounts, Peasy pays tolls as they are levied across most of the U.S.

Just 10 people will get to put this limited-edition Audi R8 in their garages

The 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition makes use of Audi's motor sports experience to turn up the performance dial. Decreased weight and increased aerodynamic downforce make this R8 a track monster.