Nissan's Leaf will be the second car, after the Chevrolet Volt , to get Bose's Energy Efficient audio series. The system debuted in 2010, and Bose says it's 30% smaller, 40% lighter and uses half the energy versus a comparable Bose system. With seven speakers, including a subwoofer, the system will be newly optional in the Leaf SE and SL.
Bose is a longtime Nissan audio supplier; the automaker says collaborations on in-vehicle audio began nearly 25 years ago. The Bose stereo in our long-term Chevrolet Volt left us with mixed impressions; some editors liked it while others didn't. But the six-speaker system in our long-term 2011 Leaf was unremarkable, so we'd like to think Bose would be an improvement.
Of course, every interior has different acoustics, and those often-compared stereo specs — speakers, wattage — mean very little. Our editorial team has no shortage of audiophiles, so we'll take a listen once we get seat time in the 2013 Leaf and let you know.