The Leaf is pure electric, with a range of about 100 miles per charge and an electric motor that’s good to 90 mph. Despite its environmentally friendly creds, it’s actually the most affordable vehicle on our list after the F-150. That means fewer “hey-I’m-rich” features, but there are a host of smaller tech touches, such as LED headlights that are twice as efficient as halogens and a “palm shift” drive selector that looks more like a gaming controller. There’s even a small rear-spoiler solar panel on the SL model.
A heavily researched (and Jetsonesque) hum alerts cyclists and pedestrians to the Leaf’s presence when it’s moving (otherwise it’d be dangerously silent). And this vehicle employs a system called CARWINGS that allows for remote access to vital information. While the interior is a rather plain-jane gray, the instrument panel delivers enough tech information to remind you that you’re not in a $14K Versa.
$32,780 (plus federal tax savings of up to $7,500); www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car