2018 Nissan LEAF Presented In 90-Second Autotrader Clip

JUL 17 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 41

Autotrader says the redesigned 2018 Nissan LEAF is a great place to start if you’re looking to “go green and save big.”

Despite all the negativity surrounding the Nissan LEAF and battery degradation, it’s a fantastic car for many people. If this statement wasn’t true, it wouldn’t be one the top-selling EVs across the globe. Moreover, the 2018 model ups the ante considerably while remaining affordable in comparison to its few rivals.

These Autotrader videos are excellent since most of us lead very busy lives. The publication gives us 90-second stats about the car. This means you don’t have to heavily invest yourself to get the basic lowdown on a vehicle before diving deeper.

It’s important to note that if the current LEAF’s range isn’t enough for you and/or you still have concerns about its lack of active thermal battery management, another variant is on the way. Nissan will soon release a 2019 model with a potential 60-kWh battery pack, over 225 miles of range, and some form of active cooling for the battery. The starting price is TBD, however, multiple sources say will cost approximately $35,000.

Video Description via Autotrader on YouTube:

For those who are even remotely considering going electric, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a great place to start. Not only has Nissan completely redesigned the car, they have also made some impressive improvements. We have some stats on what the latest Leaf has to offer.

150-mile range

With a 150-mile range, the Leaf improves about 40 percent from the previous generation. That’s a substantial improvement, especially with today’s long-ranging driving. There is also an ECO mode you can drive in, which assists the car in achieving the best possible range.

147 horsepower

The Leaf kicks out a pretty solid 147 hp, which is an improvement as well. Driving or riding in an electric car is definitely a different driving experience than driving or riding in a gas-powered vehicle. The Leaf has more than enough power for zipping around town, and it’s actually a pretty fun drive.

60/40-split seats

The Leaf is a hatchback, and usually, that translates to more versatility. The 60/40-split rear seats have 23.6 cu ft. of space behind them and fold down almost all the way flat. With the back seats folded, there is 30 cu ft., a decent amount of cargo space.

17-inch alloys

The full redesign of the Leaf is impressive. Nissan designers really changed the look. There are three trim levels, and the top SL trim level boasts 17-in machine-finished alloys and a rear spoiler. It also comes equipped with heated mirrors, LED headlights and UV-reducing solar glass.

Interior

There are available high-end features inside the Leaf, especially on the higher SL trim level, such as heated seats, a heated steering wheel and a 7-speaker Bose energy-efficient sound system. However, it doesn’t offer a telescope steering wheel and the storage space is a bit limited.

Autotrader Says

The 2018 Nissan Leaf has a fresh new look and a fairly reasonable $30,000 starting price. This is one of the world’s best-selling electric cars, and the newest version is certainly a great way to go green and save big.

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41 Comments on "2018 Nissan LEAF Presented In 90-Second Autotrader Clip"

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Nissan must have lots of these turds in stock to be pushing so hard to get rid of them (autotrader is car selling web site). Smart money should be waiting for 2019 or any other alternative available in your area.

Nissan always promoted the Leaf and wanted to sell it. Smart money acts now and starts saving right away. Lease if unsure. I heard this crap over and over in solar talks, wait for something better that’s just around the corner. It’s no wonder most Americans have no money savings. Waiting for better opportunities should be a national sport.

I have only seen one LEAF promotion/commercial during the superbowl in 2010. The car is not promoted at all in RED States such as Alabama. No need to wait, the best time is now. The best deals are on the used LEAFs unless you live in one of those area where you can get a new LEAF for $14k if you have a lot of tax liability.

They advertise the new Leaf on TV all the time in CA. I’m not sure why they would waste their money on tv ads in AL as that market is very small. Yes, myself and the OP are in those areas where you can get a new Leaf for $15k if you can negotiate a bit.

Seen tv ad during NBA playoffs this year with the Clarity

Not waiting for something better that’s literally guaranteed to come in few months and instead instant gratification for today’s crap is exactly why consumer culture is so terrible. Save your money for 2019 (or something other than Leaf), because your money will buy far better value than crap that is today’s Leaf.

To paraphrase Warren Buffett, buy based on value, not on low price.

I was going to say cue the naysayers, but of course…

I’d wait for the 2019, which will be a superior car. I think the logic that since they are selling they must be ok is flawed.
The article indicates that people don’t have a lot of time, well make some if you’re going to buy a car.
I have lots of time have read a lot about the Leaf and it’s problems and even though my particular status, lots of time, few places to go and plenty of time to get there, I wouldn’t get one.

If you simply must have one, wait a few months more, and the price should just fall off the table as the superior product hits the market.
The reason they are selling well is you can get a good deal, as Nissan is trying to dump them. Also some utilities might have rebates still active. Many were set to expire at the end of June or July. But it think the deals will still be there and maybe even better ones in the future..

We know how it’ll be the better car, but do we know how much? What if we end up with a mid $30,000 Leaf with a dark $20,000 interior? Afterall, this is just a lame Nissan Pulsar adapted to hold a battery in the belly. The Bolt, Model 3 and even the Volt and Clarity may actually be better picks in this regard, leaving the majority who’d stick to the LEAF to happily live with the more adequate 40kWh since that at least has the mid-section of the EV range map all to itself. All at a price still lower than everyone offering 30kWh packs or below.

I’d be very surprised if the split between the 60 and 40 were uh… 60:40 or even 40:60. The bigger, stronger better pack is basically the modern equivalent of choosing a V6 over an I4. The car inside and out doesn’t change lets remember.

Capacity loss over mileage and time, would lead me to prefer the car with the bigger battery if one where to buy the vehicle. If you’re leasing, then the capacity loss doesn’t matter.

Do we have any data that shows how many are leased vs buying?

I went to one of the Nissan forums yesterday, and this poor Texan is experiencing overheated battery issues with quick charging. I hope the vehicle is leased.

The bigger the battery the longer the car battery will last – common sense. We have found that if we keep our LEAFs in the 20-80% charge range and only charge to 100% when needed they might last 250k miles. I will be dead then most likely. The 30kWh cars are really great. After 21,000 miles we consistently get 130 miles or so on a full charge in our 2016SL. My 2012SL will only do about 60 miles on a 80% charge and 75miles on a 100% charge. It has 31,000 miles on the replacement lizard battery. Avoid the 2011 and 2012 models unless the batteries have been replaced with lizards. However, those original 2011 and 2012 batteries are getting over 150K miles in mild climates saving owners tens of thousands of dollars. The LEAF is a environmental affordable family car. If you want luxury and performance then you will want a Tesla of course. Teslas are great cars but I will never be able to afford one. Used ones without warranty start around $30K.

Meanwhile, you can buy a brand new BoltEV for about $25K post subsidy ($23K post subsidy in CA) when there’s a sale. Truecar shows $33K pre-subsidy.

Stop using CA subsidies, half the commenters don’t live in CA

Doesn’t the leaf have an upper buffer?
If so, you should charge it to 100% of battery capacity.
It should have been engineered in.

The LEAF is the best Datsun, Nissan, Infiniti ever made. The quality is second to no other Nissan. It does have limited range, just be sure it meets your needs. The quality of the LEAF is far superior to any CRV, Corrolla, Camry, Prius we have owned too. very well built cars.

It meets mines

I will certainly agree to that. I have a 2018 Leaf, and it is built like a tank. The big drawback to the LEAF and other EV’s is that they are so silent, they are deer and moose magnets. I took delivery of my car May 5th and have put 3500 miles on it already, despite having it out of action for awhile due to hitting deer. The first deer barely scratched it, and I kept driving it until I got it fixed. Within 3 days of getting it back, I walloped ANOTHER DEER, this time a full grown buck, at 50mph, dead center. The airbag went off and the pretensioners activated, but the car still runs like new. I am still waiting to see if it is totaled (body parts are very expensive for this car, make sure you have comprehensive insurance coverage.) They are guessing about $20k damage, but absolutely zero frame damage, the car literally is built like a tank. All the parts that were damaged are bolt-on pieces. The only reason it was towed was because the police won’t let you drive a car with a deployed airbag.

You loose out about $2000 eveyr year you wait. The 2014s are available now at a bargain. Most should still have 12 bars and if you keep it bewtween 20-80% charge last 10 or more additional years.

Superior car that commands a superior price. People always forget the price for some reason. If you are looking strictly for a commuter car, the 40 kwh Leaf is the better choice.

Yelp best car for region. Same as the Bolt in Midwest part of the country

Boy , she’s being very generous if that’s what she considers “almost entirely flat” for the fold down rear seats.
I like the new LEAF and have it on my list of next cars. The updated range is well within my comfort and would suit my daily driving needs.
Not being in a rush for my next car, I’m waiting to see what the price is for the 60kwh version though.

Great car, check out plugshare dot com. You will need to plan your trips around plugshare. enjoy. The used LEAFs are the best bargains, but they do have limited range. Better quality than any 300zxs, CRVs, Corrollas, or Camrys, or prius we have owned. Just make sure the range suits your commutes.

Boy, that’s some spin to say those rear seats fold “almost all the way flat”!

In any case, the 2019 looks like it might be pretty desirable as a commuter.

Those seats fold way flatter than my Focus Electric. LOL

This new leaf is NOT “completely redesigned” and anyone who has sat and drove both generation leafs can easily detect that fact. Obviously glaring is the lack of a telescopic steering wheel. That feature has been standard on just about all new cars in the last several years sold in the USA but for some reason Nissan didn’t include it on the original leaf design, engineering a decade ago. Most disturbing is we still have no crash testing of second gen leaf even though it’s been sold here for almost a year. Neither the nhtsa nor iihs have been able to perform crash tests on the new leaf….probably because Nissan has not supplied the new leafs to those organizations. This is important because the first gen leaf received only 3 stars out of 5 on some crash tests. Does this new leaf have the same inferior crash test ratings? That’s enough of a reason for anyone from buying or leasing a leaf until we get those answers about it’s safety. The new leaf does have better safety feature aides for the driver but actual crash test ratings must be known for anyone with a brain to make an informed decision… Read more »

I will miss the sexy LEAF 1.0’s. What a great car.

Yes, I didn’t mind mine at all…some disliked the bugged out headlights but I appreciated all that it offered at the time. Of course I leased it though

The steering wheel’s a deal killer for me. I guess I have short arms or long legs because I always need the wheel extended as much as possible to be comfortable. Wheels that don’t extend are usually too far away.

Better then bug frog 🐸 leafs

I have a 2018. I can tell you from experience they are a very safe car. I have bagged TWO deer in two separate occasions, and easily walked away from both. The car was still perfectly drivable afterwards. In fact, I didn’t even fix the damage from the 1st deer for 3 weeks (until the bodyshop had an opening) and the car was unfazed. This was from hitting a deer at 50mph. I drive between 100 and 120 miles daily on my commute. The second deer impact was from a 150lb or more buck, again dead center at 50mph. The front end was wiped out, but nothing structural was affected. I still could have driven it home, the lights still worked fine and it was unaffected mechanically. The police would not let me drive it due to the deployed airbag. When looking at it with the panels off, you can see the thing is a TANK. BTW I believe the 2018 received a 5 star rating in Euro NCAP. It might be totaled, due to the high cost of repair parts, but it’s all bolt on stuff. Buying a front end hit leaf could be the deal of the century.… Read more »

Great cars, however the best car deals now are the 2014 thru 2016 used Nissan LEAFs. Especially if you are on a budget. Just make sure the car meets your range needs. The older LEAFs are great city commuters while the new LEAFs are more of a regional commuter car. The 30kWh LEAFs have an outstanding battery. Better than the 24kWh lizard batteries. we save hundreds upon hundreds every month driving 3 inexpensive LEAFs. If you go out of town you will have to adjust to finding chargers and find things to do while charging, like any EV for that matter. The new LEAFs might cost several thousand more and the Tesla 3 base model might not be available for several years until after the tax credits expire. No reason to wait any longer.

I’m touch those it’s just work to home car. 2017 leafs are more everyday car

She’s hot! Car isn’t… Not while they still stick to air refrigerated batteries.

Sexist

I am sad to hear the European range ratings have misled some buyers. They should know that any European range rating for any car period is misleading. The car will go 150+ miles and with the optional quick charger you can go an additional 80% miles in 30 minute quick charge. If you want a really long range cruiser (New York to LA) there really is only one option and thats the Tesla.

Re the $35k 225 mile range model; the 150 mile range model shown appears to be an SL with a list price in the upper half of the $30s.
If they really have a 225 mile range car (which will have to include DCFC to make sense) at $35k the 150 mile range cars will have to get cheaper to sell.

Yelp discounted it

That old saying: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” applies pretty well to the Leaf. Every article or comment section will bring up the “failing battery” comments. Well then don’t buy a Tesla cause we know they’re prone to catching fire. Right? This is a young technology and there are bound to be bumps and missteps on the way to a better product. I am a technician in the music field not the automotive but I’ll tell you something about Japanese engineering. They learn fast. They fix their mistakes. They practice “kaizen” which roughly translates as continuous improvement. Today’s Leaf is NOT yesterday’s Leaf in many subtle ways.

It’s not just failing battery but also severe DCFC tapering and even worse tapering on multiple DCFC in a day. Driving in SoCal summer where the temperature can be well over 100F is going to be problematic using DCFC after “spirited drive”, and charging at work during the day in hot parking lot can also be a problem.

As for Japanese engineers learning, they haven’t learned in 8 years and only going to fix in 2019. “Continuous” must mean 9 year intervals in Nissan land.

Jezzzus!, was anyone else distracted by this girls “vacuum packed” leather pants? …seriously i could not pay attention to what she was saying about the leaf at all. (maybe a butch guy would have been a better choice).

The lack of Telescoping Steering, and the addition of the 2018 Leafs improved curves (sheet metal), in a brief 90 second video clip, I’m almost convinced by Autotrader, that this is unquestionably the best Leaf yet!