It’s been quite the year so far for the 2013 Nissan LEAF. Now available in a more efficient and more affordable entry model that starts with a net cost of $21,300 (after the $7,500 federal tax credit), the LEAF went into production recently at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Tennessee and has enjoyed a sales jump of 160.4 percent so far this year; in April alone, deliveries of the car increased by more than 420 percent.
And now the 2013 Nissan LEAF has claimed another significant achievement by being named a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It’s a recognition that the car received the top possible grades in the Institute’s testing for front-, rear- and side-impact occupant protection, as well as for roof strength in rollover scenarios.
"Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the 'Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle," said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. “The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan LEAF provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive package."
Note: At this stage, the 2013 Nissan LEAF has not been rated for occupant protection in frontal or side crashes in the “5-star” New Car Assessment Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); however, the 2012 is an overall 5-star performer, receiving 4 stars for frontal and rollover protection and 5 stars in side-crash scenarios.