On Friday, May 20, 2011, I finally took delivery of the Nissan LEAF I had on order for so long. I reserved it in April of 2010, and ordered it September 23, 2010.


Overall, I quite like it. My only other car is a 1995 Acura Integra GS-R that I bought new. It was a basic car, but well engineered, and very fun to drive.

The LEAF is a huge step up in luxury. Much quieter, about a thousand more airbags, computerized, cool. It has a range of about 100 miles, which is fine for my daily commute. It's smooth, and has excellent fit and finish. The traction motor control is excellent. It has a really cool backup camera that draws lines predicting where you'll go based on steering angle input. It has an excellent Bluetooth hands-free system, and it can play music directly off my iPhone via A2DP.

The computer systems leave a lot to be desired, though. I don't think they're generally any worse than those of other cars, but now that I own one, I see lots of places where they really failed to create a great product. I'll write an article about that later.