Nissan Will Pay You $1,000 to Buy a Leaf if You Own a Chevy Bolt

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

If you own a Chevy Bolt and have considered buying a Nissan Leaf, this could be your time to shine. Nissan is offering Bolt owners a $1,000 credit towards buying a Leaf, and nationally, the automaker has lease specials as low as $100 monthly.

The craziest part about this admittedly not-so-crazy story is that Bolt owners aren’t required to trade in their cars to take advantage of the deal. That might be for the best, as selling a Bolt for a Leaf means giving up a significant amount of range and a far more dated vehicle overall.

Colorado dealers are offering lease deals as low as $109 per month, though some in the state have cut that down further to $99 with very little down. Nationally, the Leaf can be had for $259 per month for 36 months with $2,250 down, but it’s important to note that many states offer additional incentives that could sweeten the deal.

While the Chevy Bolt is currently discontinued, it’s still a more compelling buy than the Leaf, even with the discounts. The base car only offers 149 miles of range, and the top trim only does slightly better, at 212 miles. That does not compare favorably to the Bolt EV, which offers 259 miles of range. The Leaf also relies on older charging technology and has an outdated infotainment system. Those limitations make the Leaf a second car for most people, though it is a decent in-town commuter for people with shorter drives.

[Images: Nissan]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 10, 2024

    Race for the bottom.

  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Jun 10, 2024

    Leaf still rocks CHADeMO doesn't it. If I'm not mistaken, Electrify America has stopped supporting CHAdeMO. Don't know where you plug this in away from home.

  • 28-Cars-Later Can we end debt slavery next? Its getting to the point where its no longer voluntary.
  • Carson D Honda and Toyota still make the best American cars.
  • Slavuta I just though, with this rate we could make Cinco De Mayo a national holiday as well. Since we have tens of millions of American Mexicans, and probably more than African Americans
  • Wjtinfwb Well, it LOOKS pretty great for 36 years old and 356k miles! I've seen plenty of 2 decade newer trucks that looked like a shrapnel bomb went off inside and and exterior that looked worse. This owner got everything out of that truck it had. Time to let it retire to the farm.
  • Wjtinfwb Stellantis. They've gone from Hero to Zero in 24 months with some really stupid decisions and allowing politicians to influence their business. They also hung onto old products way too long and relied on RAM and Jeep to pull them through. RAM plays in the most competitive market of all, full-size trucks and competition is brutal with Ford and GM keeping their foot to the floor on development and improvement. Chrysler now has one model, a 5 year old van. Dodge made a living off old cars with stupendous power, that's gone with the mothballing of the Hemi. The Hornet is an overpriced joke. Now they have new Durango Pursuit's self-destruction because of a plastic oil cooler that self destructs and dumps oil into the coolant lunching the engine. Grand Cherokee, a staple of Jeep has not been well received and has limited power options due to canning the Hemi. Now they've got to build interest around the Hurricane turbo in-line 6 in trucks, Charger's and Jeeps. If that engine turns out to be problematic its likely lights out in Sterling Heights.