Nissan

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan, unveiled the company’s five-year business plan in May 2008. The plan—called “Nissan GT 2012” with the G and T signifying growth and trust—puts a major emphasis on electric vehicles. Hybrid and EV fans responded with a chant in unison: “Bring it on.” But green car enthusiasts also engaged their well-worn vaporware alert systems to detect false promises, improbable plans, and insincerity. For the past few years, Ghosn has consistently called gas-electric hybrids “niche products” and “not a good business story.” He has apparently experienced a dramatic conversion from hard-nosed businessman to electric car preacher. Many of the headlines about Nissan’s electric car plans mentioned 2010 as the target date—but that date is for fleet testing. A more careful reading puts retail sales of Nissan EVs at 2012, at the earliest.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
2009 Nissan Cube

2009 Nissan Cube

A whimsical and quirky option in the small economy class.
29 MPG Small Car $14000 Now
2011 Nissan Versa

2011 Nissan Versa

Offered in two body styles, a sporty 5-door hatchback and a 4-door sedan, the Versa is the largest and most powerful entry-level compact car.
30 MPG Small Car $16600 Now
2011 Nissan Sentra

2011 Nissan Sentra

Competitively priced small car with nifty interior features and competent road manners
30 MPG Small Car $15800 Now
2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

The Altima Hybrid is basically a Toyota hybrid wrapped in Nissan’s attractive packaging.
34 MPG Hybrid $26800 Discontinued
2012 Nissan Leaf

2012 Nissan Leaf

The top contender for first affordable mainstream all-electric car.
99 MPG Electric $35200 Now
2013 Nissan Leaf Review – Video

2013 Nissan Leaf Review – Video

Nissan's refreshed 2013 Leaf is now made in U.S. and offers improved efficiency at a lower price than 2012.
115 MPG Electric $28800 Now
2014 Nissan Leaf Overview

2014 Nissan Leaf Overview

Nissan's 2014 Leaf is carried forward with a few updates and has proven to be the best-selling EV globally.
115 MPG Electric $28980 Now