2022 Nissan Leaf vs. 2022 Mini Cooper SE l Maus Nissan Crystal River Post

Two roads are diverging - will you take the one less traveled? We like to think of the Nissan Leaf as a veteran in the electric vehicle game. With over ten years in production, the 2022 Leaf holds a low price and almost 150 miles of electric range. Enter the 2022 Mini Cooper SE. Cute as a button with great handling. How do they stack up? Maus Nissan shares insight on the sensible vs. sensational choice at hand.

Starting at around $28,800 MSRP, the 2022 Nissan Leaf is a comfortable, pleasant drive. With its range, this second-generation model can be charged back to 80% capacity in 45 minutes with the DC fast charger. Drivers will no doubt enjoy the smooth handling and easy driving experience using a single pedal. Press down to go and lift off to slow down or stop. For traditionalists, there is still a brake pedal available.

Standard equipment includes keyless start, automatic climate control and a stellar infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nissan’s commitment to safety carries through the Leaf’s Safety Shield 360 which includes standard features like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, rear door alert and automatic high beams. Inside the five-passenger cabin, the Leaf is clean and simple with 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

The 2022 Mini Cooper SE is zippy and modern. You can’t not smile when you see a Mini on the road but is it worth the $30k plus price tag? Though you have no doubt seen several style iterations, the SE electric only comes as a 2-door hardtop. It can be described as a great city car but only delivers 114 miles of electric range - less than the Leaf by far. The quirky Cooper houses batteries in the floor and thus lowers the center of gravity and improves handling.

Inside the four-seater Cooper, drivers will find standard features like Sirius satellite radio, leather covered steering wheel and an 8.8-inch central information screen. But unlike the Leaf, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto do not come standard. Make sure to pack light since the backseat is pretty tight and the trunk only offers 8.7 cubic feet of space.

All in all, there are several similarities that will appeal to buyers. Both models are eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, offer a quick acceleration and a similar starting price. The choice is yours, of course! Let the Maus Nissan sales team help you make the right choice. Give us a call at (352) 592-6287 today.

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