2018 Nissan LEAF Compared To 2017 LEAF: Video


We know about the range and the facade, but what else has changed?

What a fantastic way to open a video. Andre from The Fast Lane Car says, “Whether we like it or not, the future of the automobile is electric.” Now, we just have to get rid of the “not” part and push EV adoption so that all will realize its potential and love it. TFLnow puts the completely redesigned 2018 Nissan LEAF up against the outgoing 2017 LEAF. Just looking at the cars reveals that a substantial redesign has taken place, but those without knowledge of the car may not know exactly what’s new and what remains unchanged.

The publication compares the specs, cabins, and performance, among other things. It’s no secret that the outgoing LEAF was shunned by many for its polarizing, “bug-like” looks. Nissan decided to release the new model as a “normal” car that matches nicely with the V-motion visual cues of the rest of its lineup. Fortunately, it did so in a way as to not lose the car’s aerodynamic proficiency.

Next comes the battery pack. Nissan increased the range for 2018 by 44 miles (70.81 km). The new battery pack is 40 kWh, compared to the outgoing LEAF’s 30 kWh. Even better, Nissan may soon offer a 60-kWh version of the updated LEAF.

Moving on to the less obvious, the wheelbase and cargo volume are identical. The new LEAF is heavier, but the car makes about 40 more horsepower, so it actually feels more eager. In fact, it’s two seconds faster to 60 mph (96.56 km/h). The 2018’s one-pedal driving has also received much praise from the automotive press. In terms of the interior, the new 2018 LEAF is leaps and bounds ahead of the outgoing model for quality, space, and features. The list goes on and on, but we’d rather not reveal all the details here.

Watch the video to learn more about the similarities and differences between these “LEAVES,” new and old. Then, share your Nissan LEAF experiences with us in the comment section below.

Video Description via TFLnow on YouTube:

2017 Nissan Leaf vs 2018 Nissan Leaf: What’s New and What’s Not

Andre and Mike compare a 2017 Nissan Leaf with a 2018 Nissan Leaf to see how much has changed between the two model years.

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Nissan should have released the 40 kilowatt leaf in 2017 and the 2018 60 kilowatt leaf in 2018.

I really think leaf sales are going to be hurt badly by the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt unless the leaf turns out to be several thousand cheaper.

But now I wounder would I be able to put a 40 kilowatt battery into a 24 or 30 kilowatt leaf?

Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be an upgrade path for older Leaf owners. I would consider upgrading from 24Kwh to 40 if it were possible.

When batteries are cheap and plentiful there will be affordable aftermarket battery upgrades available.

They have started doing it in Japan. Who knows if it will ever make it to the states, though.

With EVs bigger batteries mean both longer range and more power. It’s different than ICE cars where the engine size and fuel tank size are not related at all. The battery is the core IP of the EV. Tesla figured this out a long time ago, that is why they are winning this market. Tesla is mainly a battery company, the cars make a market for its huge battery capacity.

“Tesla is mainly a battery company,”

Tesla is mainly an automobile manufacturer. 95%+ of its income comes from selling cars.

It’s rather difficult to drive a battery pack down the road. The Tesla Model S didn’t get more “Best Car of the Year” awards, and even multiple “Best car ever made” reviews, just because it’s got a good battery pack.

“Nissan decided to release the new model as a “normal” car… in a way as to not lose the car’s aerodynamic proficiency.”

Kudos to Nissan for ditching the “dorkmobile” looks of the leaf, while managing to retain its aerodynamics.

Now, if only they could perform a similar upgrade with bringing the Leaf battery pack up to industry standards: At least 60 kWh and active liquid cooling.

2019 Model year, allegedly.

There are days when we all need a little dorkiness in our lives. Like a polka band with a tuba.

They’re the only ones that offer an electric car starting at the $30k mark right now. Kudos to them. There are plenty of people who simply just need a urban commuter. They saved money on the battery and on liquid cooling, which isn’t needed unless you are fast-charging. People purchasing the 40 kw car might not be too concerned with long distance travel and fast charging. There’s no evidence that air cooling is insufficient for the new generation of Nissan batteries (as far as I’ve seen).

With the longer range Leaf with active cooling, they have the needs of most drivers accounted for.

FYI the 2018 body is actually _more_ aerodynamic than the first generation. You can drive +5-8 MPH faster on the highway at the same efficiency/range as 1st gen. No more lurking in the slow range fighting off the tractor trailers…

I prefer the looks of the 2011 to 2017 model, over the 2018.

They’re $2,500 off in their explanation of the federal tax credit, of course, because it STARTS at $2,500 and is $417 per kWh (not per 5) after that. Even the 2011 LEAFs qualified for the full $7,500. And Volts, for that matter.

For vehicles acquired after December 31, 2009, the credit is equal to $2,500 plus, for a vehicle which draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 5 kilowatt hours of capacity, $417, plus an additional $417 for each kilowatt hour of battery capacity in excess of 5 kilowatt hours. The total amount of the credit allowed for a vehicle is limited to $7,500.

This is 101 of EVs. What this shows Is the ppl reviewing this , have so little knowledge about the EV’s
There were issue with his review of i3 , as well, and lets say if you tell wrong this , then you misguiding, instead of educating.

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Isn’t their Federal tax credit calculation wrong? They suggest the 2018 LEAF only qualifies for $5,000 Fed tax credit — not the full $7,500 Fed tax credit. But it does get the full $7,500! I think their error is that they say it’s $417 credit for each 5 kilowatts. But it’s actually $417 credit for each 1 kilowatt over 5 kilowatts (in addition to the $2,500 base and $417 for the first 5 kilowatts). So, any EV with at least a 16 kilowatt battery would qualify for the full $7,500 Federal tax credit. Am I right?

Of course you are right. Even the old Leaf qualified for full credit.

This car is no-good without an active thermal management system.

And yet they’re going to sell about 90000 of them this year.

Battle of two turds. Wait for 2019.

I think at the right price a 150 mile BEV makes a pretty compelling in town / 2nd car. Our loaded 2018 SL cost about 28K net before any rebates thanks to about 9K of cash on the hood. Since we also have a model 3 LR and my wife drives <70 miles on a busy day we have plenty of room for battery degradation. Since the car will never see fast charging there should be less heat related battery wear and the battery is warrantied to provide about 100 miles of range for 8 years anyway. For less than 1/2 of what our model 3 cost the Leaf has a more comfortable rear seat and the utility of a hatch. I think rather than putting lots of cash on the hood Nissan could sell a lot more of these cars if they just lowered the MSRP to what they typically sell the cars for anyway. If people *think* a loaded Leaf costs close to what a base model 3 will cost ($37K+ delivered in any color but black) it will have a tough time of it. If people see the Leaf is at least $10K less than a base… Read more »

Where did you get this 9k discount? I have been looking all over SoCal and all of them scum dealers stop at about 5k for loaded SV.

We sold our last 2018s at $7100 off msrp + $1000 Leaf loyalty + $1000 if you’re college faculty/staff/recent college grad/working on either master’s or doctorate degree. Plus another $10,000 in MA and federal savings…!

The problem is a 150 mile BEV can quickly turn into a 75 mile BEV under unfavorable conditions.

“bug-like” looks didn’t work for VW did it? Perhaps a Disney car movie called Leafy could help.

Same car with diferent skin and inside. Chasis is the same. Washed face. I dont like.

Completely updated inside and out, much quicker, more safe, Level 2 Autonomous driving capability, you obviously haven’t driven a 2018 yet.

Here is a comparison between newly redesigned Nissan Altima and Nissan Leaf. Nissan Altima Dimensions: 193″ L x 73″ W x 57″ H Weight: 3,212 lbs Price: $23,750 Total interior space: 116 cu. ft. Passenger:101 + Trunk:15 Mileage: 32 MPG combined (28 city / 39 highway) Nissan Leaf Dimensions: 176″ L x 71″ W x 62″ H Weight: 3,433 lbs Price: $29,990 Total interior space: 116 cu. ft. Passenger:92 + Trunk:24 Mileage: 112 MPGe combined (124 city / 99 highway) or 3.4 miles / KWh. So both vehicles have same interior space although Altima has more passenger space and is comfortable for passengers. But for carrying things, Leaf not only provides more trunk space, but we can also carry much longer, wider, taller things by using the hatch and folding the rear seat. After the $7,500 Fed rebate, the price of Leaf drops to $22,490 which is not only a $1,000 lower than Altima, but also with the 112 MPGe can reduce the fuel cost drastically and no oil changes. More smoother driving with Leaf with the only penalty being not able to use it for long drives. Now the question is why is the sales of Leaf so low.… Read more »
“Now the question is why is the sales of Leaf so low. ” I think the answer to that question is fairly obvious. The leaf has a bad reputation for battery degradation due to a lack of a thermal management system (TMS) for the battery. Also the reports that the 30kWh batteries experience even greater degradation than the 24kWh packs is probably scaring people away thinking the 40kWh packs will experience the same or worse degradation. I have no experience with the Leaf and don’t know anyone who has one so I have no idea to what extent any of this is true or not. However deserved or not, the reputation is out there. With the 60kWh model (e-plus) announced that has a proper liquid TMS but not yet available, I think we are seeing the Osborne effect on top of the reputation for battery degradation further suppressing sales. Many that are considering a Leaf are waiting for the e-plus model to come out or possibly seeing what other 200+ range EVs become available. A few potential Leaf buyers may be holding out for the always just around the corner $35k Tesla Model 3. To be clear I’m not a… Read more »

Sales are not slow everywhere. New England dealers who can handle the car are out of 2018 inventory!

It’s a facelift, not a ground-up redesign. But it’s a *good* facelift.

I just bought a 2018 Leaf SV to replace my much loved 2013 Leaf S. It is a vast improvement in pretty much every way possible. I think that if Nissan actually marketed the Leaf, they would sell a ton of them. It’s a great little car that, when you factor in the tax incentives and the savings on gas, oil changes, maintenance and repairs, is really a huge bargain.

2017 Leaf (No TMS)… 2018 Leaf (No TMS)… Which to buy? Neither!