Nissan Leaf Depreciation

A Nissan Leaf will depreciate 65% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $11,526.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per, and assumes a purchase price of $33,236 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

Nissan Leaf Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $7,774 76.61% $25,462 13,500 2021
2 $11,201 66.30% $22,035 27,000 2022
3 $18,522 44.27% $14,714 40,500 2023
4 $19,742 40.60% $13,494 54,000 2024
5 $21,710 34.68% $11,526 67,500 2025
6 $23,970 27.88% $9,266 81,000 2026
7 $25,911 22.04% $7,325 94,500 2027
8 $26,499 20.27% $6,737 108,000 2028
9 $27,493 17.28% $5,743 121,500 2029
10 $27,924 15.98% $5,312 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $7,774 76.61% $25,462
2 $11,201 66.30% $22,035
3 $18,522 44.27% $14,714
4 $19,742 40.60% $13,494
5 $21,710 34.68% $11,526
6 $23,970 27.88% $9,266
7 $25,911 22.04% $7,325
8 $26,499 20.27% $6,737
9 $27,493 17.28% $5,743
10 $27,924 15.98% $5,312

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If you purchase a used Nissan Leaf that is 2 years old, then you could save $11,201 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $10,509. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used Leaf models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a Nissan Leaf

The 2017 Nissan Leaf is our top pick for the best model year value for the Leaf. With the 2017, you would only pay, on average, 44% of the price as new, with 75% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2016 and 2015 model years are also attractive years for the Leaf, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the Leaf's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the Nissan Leaf models.

Nissan LEAF Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $33,236 $33,236 $142 $0 0% 100%
2019 $33,126 $25,550 $171 $7,686 23.13% 76.61%
2018 $33,222 $22,251 $225 $3,299 12.91% 66.3%
2017 $30,892 $13,983 $306 $8,268 37.16% 44.27% Best
2016 $30,288 $12,657 $360 $1,326 9.48% 40.6% Better
2015 $29,890 $10,833 $468 $1,824 14.41% 34.68% Better
2014 $29,975 $9,025 $667 $1,808 16.69% 27.88% Good
2013 $29,544 $7,273 $761 $1,752 19.41% 22.04% Good
2012 $28,410 $6,582 $823 $691 9.5% 20.27%
2011 $28,120 $5,805 $947 $777 11.8% 17.28%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $33,236 100%
2019 $25,550 76.61%
2018 $22,251 66.3%
2017 $13,983 44.27% Best
2016 $12,657 40.6% Better
2015 $10,833 34.68% Better
2014 $9,025 27.88% Good
2013 $7,273 22.04% Good
2012 $6,582 20.27%
2011 $5,805 17.28%
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About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in April 2020.

While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.

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