There's an MNL topic where someone has detailed exactly what the Leaf suspension components are with the intent to be able to buy performance suspension upgrades.
None of the suspension matches the Versa. It mostly matches larger Nissan vehicles, probably because of the battery weight.
I think the put down attitude about the Versa is silly.
In buying a vehicle under the Cash for Clunkers I seriously considered the Versa and the Altima.
Both are mid-size vehicles. The Versa is on the small end of mid-size. The Altima is on the large end of mid-size.
I ultimately bought an Altima because I prefer the larger vehicle.
But I love the Leaf, even though it is a polished up fancy electric version of the Versa.
Why does the fact of that bother some people?
How else do you think you would build the Leading Environmental Affordable Family car if you didn't start with a Versa?
Now when Nissan produces the first electric version of the Altima with all the upscale options or an even more upscale Infiniti version, I will definitely be in the market for one.
But till then, I'm proud to be driving the world's most efficient affordable vehicle. Even if it was based on the Versa.