Nissan Says 2018 Leaf Offers Up To $6,800 In Bonus Value

2 months ago by Sebastian Blanco 76

2018 Nissan Leaf Prices and Trim Levels

On top of the lower price for each trim level of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf, the Japanese automaker is making the case that the electric car is simply a way better value in its new incarnation – and that’s not counting pre-order bonuses. Details on the three different trim levels are now available at the EV’s consumer site, but we thought the way that Nissan introduced the trims at the launch event this week deserved at least a little bit of discussion.

Nissan’s gist is that not only will you pay less for your 2018 Leaf than you would for a comparable 2017 model, but because you will get so much more (not just added range and a normalized design, which are the headline upgrades here), you will also get a lot more bang for your buck.

How much? Well, Nissan says that even the base S trim, which starts a $690 less than the outgoing 2017 Leaf, you get an extra “$4,500 in value.” How does that calculate? Well, Nissan doesn’t break out a line item invoice, but here’s what’s included in that chunk of change, according to Nissan:

  • Redesigned interior
  • 40-percent increase in driving range
  • New motor (110 kW instead of the old 80 kW unit)
  • 37 percent more horsepower
  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • 7-inch meter, with analogue speedometer
  • Auto on/off headlights

And when you go up the trim levels, you get even more value, is the message. Here, your additional value is $5,000 for the SV and $6,783 in the SL, thanks to things like the Level 1 and 2 portable charge cable and LED headlights, Nissan says. Of course, adding the ProPilot Assist tech to your new Leaf will set you back another $650. But at this point, who’s counting. Oh, right, Nissan is.

If you go to build a new Leaf on Nissan’s configurator, you might notice that the entry-level S trim has a note saying it will have “limited availability.” You shouldn’t worry if you want to get into a new Leaf as cheap as possible, though.

Nissan’s Dan Bedore told InsideEVs that the note is only there to let potential buyers know that since initial orders for a new vehicle are often for the higher trim levels, and because Leaf dealers are most excited about the ProPilot technology which is only available on SV and SL, the initial stock that is heading to dealers is skewed to the higher trims.

“We just wanted to ensure customers ordering it have expectations that they may have to wait a bit longer,” he said. After the first few months of sales, “supplies of all trim levels should be adequate to meet natural demand.”

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76 responses to "Nissan Says 2018 Leaf Offers Up To $6,800 In Bonus Value"

  1. ModernMarvelFan says:

    $6,800 in “value”, but only $680 in cost..

    So, it is already trying to justify its 150 miles range by “throwing in more options”.

    1. Lawrence says:

      “Auto on/off headlights” How much “value” dollars did they tack on for that $10 feature?

      1. wavelet says:

        For me, such a feature has negative value. One more sensor to go wrong, or a potential glitch in the SW algorithm.

        1. unlucky says:

          You’re not required to activate it. It’s a special setting on the control stalk. Just go straight from off to on.

        2. Asak says:

          It’s actually a nice feature. I have it on my e-Golf. That being said, I wouldn’t pay anything for it. I do consider it a nice perk though.

      2. Al says:

        Well at least it works.

        1. Lawrence says:

          A man of high expectations ….

          1. William says:

            Gotta start somewhere!

    2. Prsnep says:

      Why not? For many, that is sufficient. You are not obligated to purchase it. What a s***** comment.

    3. Samwise says:

      I just don’t think they have to justify 150 miles anywhere except the US.
      For most of the world we would rather pay less and have 150 miles.
      I would use a fast charger on a 150 mile car maybe 3 times a year, it costs $5000 approximately for 200 miles which would mitiagte this. In ten years of ownership that means 30 superchargers for $5000 dollars, thats $166 a supercharge, NO THANKS I’m not that freaking precious thanks, I can easily wait 20 minutes to save 166 bucks thanks.

  2. ffbj says:

    Give it 6 months and see what people are saying about range loss in the Winter.
    Not a big fan.

    1. SJC says:

      Permanent range loss in the summer.

      1. Quebec 100% EV says:

        +1

        I think that is the single most important flaw: STILL no active cooling system for the battery. Why would I buy this car when I can get a base Tesla Model 3 for $5,000 more (or $2,500 more than the SV trim). Makes no sense.

  3. William says:

    7- inch meter.
    And, I always thought a meter was about 39.37″, Nissan IS “innovation that exites”!
    Speedometer anybody?

  4. LeafOwner says:

    Nissan is keeping their prices at about $30,000 until the federal incentive wear away; then, who knows?

    1. menorman says:

      Then they lower it to $25k.

  5. alain says:

    man you guys are negative.

    1. Nada says:

      Negativety is standard fare on EV sites when it is not a Tesla article 🙁

      1. Rob Stark says:

        Yeah, because there is no sourgrape vitriolic negativity on Tesla articles.

        Nope, none at all.

        1. ffbj says:

          True, though I think he is saying that if entries aren’t up to Tesla standards fanbois jump on it.
          My answer why should we not if the car is not up to the high standards set by Tesla.

    2. John says:

      alain, owners of 1st gen Leafs (like me) ARE negative- because we now own worthless, negative cars. All we want is range (RANGE). Did I say RANGE?? We don’t want gadgets, we want RAAAAAAAANGE. (not RAGE)

      Nissan, you don’t get it. You didn’t get it. You’ve never gotten it. You still don’t get it..

      1. Lawrence says:

        If range is everything then all that you have to do is get a Bolt. That’s a car built solely for range at all costs of everything else.

        1. John says:

          Exactly. Buy a Bolt, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

        2. terminaltrip421 says:

          totally unlike the dash-less, expensively optioned, not available at the supposed starting price model 3, correct?

          1. Quebec 100% EV says:

            TM3 is definitely worth the wait in my opinion. By a long shot.

      2. Timmy says:

        I’ve loved all three LEAFs that I’ve leased. If you bought, that might be where your problem lies.

        1. David Cary says:

          I don’t know. I bought. 45k miles, 4 years ago. Still have enough range for what we use the car for. If you live in a smaller city with decent density and not extreme weather, a small range is fine. We are a family of 2 drivers and the other car is a Tesla.

          Zero maintenance cost. Except tires.

          And let’s see, battery went from 24 to 40 kwh. So it isn’t like Nissan has done nothing for range. 150 miles or whatever the exact number is works for nearly everyone except road trips. Lose 30 miles and it still works.

          1. Tim Miser says:

            If only 30 miles is all it would lose. My 2012 Leaf at 4 years and 30,000 miles would go max of 35 miles in the winter with the heater/defroster on and it had only lost 1 bar.

      3. John Ray says:

        I love my 2012 LEAF. Sorry yours didn’t work out for you, but don’t purpot to speak for all first gen owners. You have no idea what we want.

      4. kubel says:

        Even with its range and battery degradation issues, I loved my first-gen LEAF in a way that I can never love my second-gen Volt.

        It was a good car from the factory. With the Volt it seems like half of it was built right from the factory and the rest has to be fixed at the dealership.

    3. Terry says:

      There all salty cause there were more LEAFs at the reveal than the “can’t mention there name in a negative light or be labeled a troll” At there so called reveal….and still no real cars to speak of.

      1. John says:

        No, if you’ve been following, negative (“salty?”) folks like myself are drawing from experience with the Nissan Leafs that we own. Some folks who haven’t lost 1/4 of their battery storage will naturally think the Leaf is the best thing in the world, as did I until I fell into the 1/4 battery loss group.

        1. William says:

          2013 49 k mi. Leaf at a loss of just over 1/8 of “battery storage” (14% + or – about 1% (Leaf Spy Pro)).

  6. alain says:

    they only had problem with 2011 2012 models
    the lizard packs are doing great ,and bigger bat means less cycles so it sould last a lot longer

    1. Mister G says:

      Wait a minute, my 2016 Leaf SV lost third bar at 22k miles in central Florida and I submitted a picture to prove it on this site.

      1. ffbj says:

        Ouchie! So if you had the old pack you would have probably lost 50%. So it’s an improvement.

        1. ffbj says:

          Sorry I read that as 1/3 not a 3rd bar.
          That’s terrible, won’t they replace it?
          I guess I shouldn’t even ask.

      2. Quebec 100% EV says:

        Mister G – I’ve never heard of that kind of degradation on a 2016. We’re you doing multiple fast charges on really hot days? Because that’ll do it for sure

  7. scott says:

    I have a 2013 SV with 32,000 miles on it. I just lost my first bar. 40 kWh pack, with no thermal management, is a fail.

    Does the S model have Level 3 charging standard?

    1. sveno says:

      The 40kWh pack does have air cooling (Motor Trend) just like the eNV200

      1. ffbj says:

        Air cooling is considered insufficient, and no matter what Nissan says or how much hot air they blow it still will be.

        1. John Ray says:

          Air cooling if designed properly can work as well as liquid cooling. Look at all the air-cooled ice cars Porsche produced over the years. It’s just heat transfer.

          So what’s your beef with the LEAF? Do you own one? Really, fess up.

        2. kubel says:

          Active air cooling is a significant improvement to the air sealed ovens from 2011-2017, but I agree that it’s not enough, especially if you want to do rapid charging.

      2. Quebec 100% EV says:

        Where did motortrend say it has active air cooling? Can you provide a link?
        From what I’ve read it does not, it’s the same passive system as the 2017 model.

    2. menorman says:

      No, CHAdeMO is a $1600 option on the S trim.

  8. Astros says:

    The new SV Leaf with ProPilot will cost almost exactly the same as a Honda accord with Honda Sensing (ProPilot-like features) after incentives here in Washington state. $35k – $7.5k and no sales tax for the Leaf, vs $25k + $2.5k tax for the Accord. That’s a pretty good value, if you ask me!

    1. scottf200 says:

      Honda Sensing will warn you if you if you start to go out of your lane and nudge you back. i.e. if you tried to use it like —-Pilot you’d ping pong. It does not do active lane centering like Nissan ProPilot (up to 62 mph) or Tesla AutoPilot (up to ~90 mph).

    2. menorman says:

      Exactly, it’s a decent deal in that market segment, which includes some of the most popular vehicles in the country. In Colorado, it’s competitive with a Civic.

  9. unlucky says:

    Isn’t “new, more powerful motor” and “37 percent more HP” the same thing?

    Isn’t “new instrument cluster” and “new interior” the same thing?

    It doesn’t really sound like $7K to me personally.

    Standard AEB is good. Chevy, you listening?

    The L1/L2 cord means that the car comes with a TurboCord Duo now like the Volvo XC90 I presume? While I like that EVSE frankly very few people have NEMA 6-20s in their houses. Maybe it means a different EVSE than this that does L1/L2?

  10. Dgcan says:

    The Canadian pricing is higher for 2018 than 2017 for all 3 trim levels

    2018 pricing is 35998/39598/41998 compared to 2017 33998/37398/40548.

    1. Jay says:

      So you get that Canada has a different currency right. It’s also called a dollar, a Canadian dollar, not an American dollar or Australian dollar or Belizian dollar or ………

      1. cmg186 says:

        His point is that the three Leaf trims all got cheaper in the US, but all got more expensive in Canada. Good information for Canadian readers.

        What exactly is your point?

        1. Dgcan says:

          Thanks for the support cmg186. There is so much damn rudeness and negativity on these Ev boards – everyone seems to want Evs to be adopted by mainstream but regular posters to Ev sites cannot be unwelcoming, rude and condescending since if that what early adopters are, it gives the industry a bad impression.
          I am starting to become negative to EVs because of people like Jay.

          My point was Jay NOT that CDN pricing is higher than US but that Nissan says you get all this extra for the same price (or even less) BUT that is not the case in Canada as every trim in Canada is 1500-2000 more compared to 2018. Posting this in the comments on an article that states in FIRST sentence “on top of the lower price for each trim of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf” seemed appropriate JAY – and did NOT mean to infer that I am an idiot that does not understand exchange rates.

        2. Mark says:

          Some parts of Canada get 14000 off per Trevor from model 3 owners club.

          1. cmg186 says:

            Yes, Ontarians do, but this is nothing new. We got $14,000 off the cheaper 2017 Leaf as well.

    2. LS says:

      When Nissan introduced the Leaf i 2010-2011, both currencies were around parity. Now the CAD is about 20% weaker than the USD. In the other hand the CAD strenthened by 10% in the past year. The price increase might be justified by a delay in the exchange rate application.

      The other explanation is that they intended to increase the price in the US as well but had to lower it because of the competition and the need to fullfill their CARB quota.

      1. cmg186 says:

        Canadian currency valuations have historically had little impact on pricing. Vehicle prices remain relatively constant, and do not ebb and flow with the rise and fall of the dollar. Whatever the reason, it’s disappointing for Canadian shoppers.

        1. Djoni says:

          Right!
          Beside the fact that Nissan is a worldwide manufacturer, like GM, that build their car in many country, albeit not the Leaf in Canada.
          Parts are made from many places bearing their own currncy and labor wage, making Jake assumption about relating price to just a few discrepency in one or two country useless.
          Canadian price for cars, and other goods have been known to be higher for many other factor.

  11. MarkT says:

    Except that Nissan had a 4000 rebate for the past 2-3 years off MSRP

    1. Nada says:

      They had an advertised rebate of 4k but a whole lot of people including me bought for 10k under MSRP and it is safe to say they were still making money as EV parts are cheap…
      They are still very much over priced but it will be interesting to see when and how much their rebates are….

      1. William says:

        They are clearing out the 2017 Leaf inventory in the next 8-12 weeks. Some good deals to be had if your range needs are 107 mi. Or LESS. Figure to Lease if you cant save between $ 6-8 k off MSRP + $7.5 k FED and your state/utility incentives (est. $ 2.5 k + ). Thanks Nissan!

        1. BenG says:

          Lots of areas have had 10k off MSRP on Leafs for months. I would aim to get one of those deals, at least. Makes for a very, very affordable EV after the federal tax credit.

  12. Mister G says:

    Hey Nissan, my 2016 Leaf lease ends January 2019 and if you want me to bite on a second generation Leaf my lease payment must be less than my current payment of $321 or no deal. Because my 2016 Leaf lost 3 bars already WTF

    1. William says:

      You will qualify for a new battery before then, and Nissan will probably, before the battery warranty swap, get you into a 2018 for a deal you can’t refuse. Just ask your Stealership Politely, when you go in for you second free annual battery check up.

      1. terminaltrip421 says:

        why would he want to buy a new car that stands to have the same problem?

        1. John Ray says:

          Yeah, really. Maybe it’s because the LEAF is actually a really good car. If what he says is true, then he is well on his way to a new battery. I had the battery in my 2012 replaced under warranty at 50k miles. It’s like getting a new car.

  13. Rick says:

    Well, here on Canada, the new Leaf is actually more expensive than the old, out going model. I was going it would be cheaper so I could actually afford one … I guess not.

  14. Stimpy says:

    How much value is *subtracted* by the air cooled battery pack?

    That design is like making an ICE car without an oil drain plug. Suicide.

  15. gorr says:

    They didn’t say anything if they adapted their chademo protocol for the ev to charge faster and at more location and be more easilly compatible with other fast charger. We can realize now that this thing is just a compliance car and an aftertough in case we hit peak oil in 50 years from now.

    1. Mr. M says:

      Best selling BEV, still a compliance car??? I guess you don’t habe a clue what compliance car means.

  16. Jonathan B says:

    The SL is $1200 more than a base Model 3 and has what extra items? Leather, sunroof, that’s about it? Model 3 is faster, has 70 more miles of range, a supercharger network, a battery with TMS, and looks way nicer.

    1. justanotherguy50 says:

      I’m not a particular Nissan Leaf fan, but it does offer a hatchback design with significantly more cargo space with a smaller overall footprint. You will also likely get a Nissan Leaf sooner than you could a Model 3, especially the base Model 3. Oh, the Nissan Leaf has a proper dash with two displays and touchy buttons that are easier to use while driving. Front wheel drive on the Leaf too, which is a necessity in areas that get any snow.

  17. Astros says:

    According to the folks at the Nissan booth at the Seattle drive electric event today, the 60kWh battery next year will cost $5k more. He didn’t know about the max charging speed for that version, but thought that more information like that would come out next week in Nashville. If the 60kWh version gets 100kW charging, I will be sold.

  18. M3 - reserved -- Niro/Leaf 2.0 - TBD says:

    Saw the 2.0 today at SanDiego event too. Great space and looks like either that or the Niro will get our CR-V replacement. Comes down to cost and range on the Niro.

    2.0 cargo downer – it’s NOT flat with the seats down. there’s about a three inch rise from the cargo to the back seat.

  19. Craigs401 says:

    No TMS=Little repeat business=Shrinking Nissan Market Share

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