2013 Leaf price falls to $29k, almost as low as the hybrids
Last weeks disclosure of the 2013 US Nissan Leaf specifications left a large piece of information unsaid, the price. On Monday, at the North American International Auto Show, Nissan revealed that the entry level price had fallen a jaw-dropping 18%, or $6,000, to an MSRP of $28,800 for the newly-added S grade. This makes the 2013 Leaf the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the United States. Depending on location, and local government incentives, the effective price could be as low as $18,800.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf came in two flavors, the SV with an MSRP of $35,200, and the upscale SL model with an MSRP of $37,250. The American 2013 Nissan Leaf comes in three flavors, the S with an MSRP of $28,800, the SV with an MSRP of $31,820, and the SL with an MSRP of $34,840. This lowers the entry level price for the Nissan Leaf by $6,400, the Leaf SL's price has dropped by $3,380, and the Leaf SV's price has dropped by $2,410. For details on the 2013 Leaf model line-up, see 2013 US Leaf has improved range, charging speed, and lower price
Because the 2013 Leaf S comes with a 3.3 kilowatt charger, a highly recommended option is the "Charger Package" upgrade that brings the charging rate up to 6.6 kilowatts and adds support for CHADEMO quick charging. That option costs $1,300 bringing the Leaf S's MSRP to $30,100. With the charger upgrade not only will Leaf owners have a better charge rate offering more driver flexibility, the CHADEMO fast charge will give an 80% recharge within 30 minutes.
Nissan is continuing to offer an incentivized lease package with a price as low as $199/month for 36 months, which includes tax credits and destination charges.
Because the Leaf qualifies for both Federal and State incentives, the price is effectively lowered. The $7,500 federal tax incentive gets applied to your 2013 taxes, which you'll be dealing with in early 2014. In California the CVRP rebate of $2,500 is applied at the time of purchase, and between those two the entry level price falls to $18,800,or $20,100 with the highly recommended charger upgrade.
The 2012 Toyota Prius price starts at $24,200 for the Prius Liftback, $18,950 for the Prius c, $26,650 for the Prius v, and $32,000 for the Prius Plug-in.