smkettner wrote:To me it is just a point A to point B car not a sports car.
I like it as is.
+1 here. This is not a car for performance driving, so why is the "feel" of the steering so important? As long as the handling is stable and predictable, it does not wander unexpectedly at speed, bump-steer poorly, or tramline on road grooves, camber, etc., why would you care about how the steering feels? Nobody is going to be driving these things at the limit of grip constantly, which is when steering feedback might help the driver control the car better and enjoy the experience of pushing a machine to its limit safely with confidence. Steering "feel" is a parameter best applied to reviewing high performance cars. This is a utility vehicle, designed for economy. So the steering is light--big deal! It makes it more effortless to drive, especially for the "physically challenged" (less strong). If it was too heavy and required excessive effort for accomplishing control inputs, I think there would be far more complaints.
If you are looking for steering feel, for the sensation of being connected to the road through the steering wheel and the tire contact patch, getting feedback from every nuance and pebble on the surface of the road while pushing to the limits of grip, buy a Porsche or a Lotus. They are renowned for this quality, and that's why I own one. High performance handling is not what I expect from a Leaf, and it didn't enter into my decision to buy one at all. I'm not going to drive it like I stole it.
La Jolla, CA
2011 SLe #1317 del. 4/1/11
1st bar lost at 31,953 miles
2nd bar lost at 38,685 miles
3rd bar lost at 50,711 miles
4th bar lost at 59,758 miles after 64 months
Battery replaced at 61,307 miles.