Watch This Video Review Of 2018 Nissan LEAF

APR 28 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 8

While Cars.com points out the second-gen LEAF’s mainstream styling and increased range, the publication says Nissan didn’t address many of the problems with the first-gen LEAF.

Yes, you get more all-electric car for your money than any other current competitor, plus sportier good looks, increased range, and a nicer car in many ways compared to the outgoing model. There’s really no doubt that it will sell well, especially globally.

Related: Nissan To Sell 300% More LEAFs This Month Than Ever Before

The first-gen LEAF ruled worldwide sales despite its shortfalls, because it really had no competition. This may still the be the case with the 2018 Nissan LEAF on some levels, but it’s surely changing as new rivals come to market, including the Hyundai IONIQ Electric.

Overall, the new LEAF is much improved and less expensive. Remember, the automaker previously said its customers prioritize price over range, and just about everything else.

So, making significant changes – which would work to drive the price up rather than reduce it – was not in Nissan’s game plan. What did Cars.com discover?

  • The driving experience is very solid, though the ride is harsh
  • No telescoping steering wheel
  • Rear-seat positioning causes “knees-up” seating for adults
  • When folded down, rear-seat “ledge” reduces cargo capacity
  • Optional Bose subwoofer eats up additional cargo space

Video Description via Cars.com on YouTube:

When it debuted for 2011, the Nissan Leaf brought the possibility of all-electric driving to the masses. With its redesign for 2018, it gets even more mainstream, with even more conventional styling, inside and out, as well as greater driving range of up to 151 miles, according to the EPA, thanks to a higher-capacity battery pack.

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8 Comments on "Watch This Video Review Of 2018 Nissan LEAF"

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William

Best to wait for the 2019 Leaf 60kWh version of the Nisssan Leaf, if your Not Leasing.

No active (liquid cooled) thermal management system for the 40kWh battery pack, means that the 2018 Leaf is still similar (NO Liquid TMS) to the previous generation 2012-17 Leaf, which is a great urban/metro commuter car.

With the recent #Chargegate Leaf battery repetitive fast charging limitation discovery, it is apparent that the 2018 Leaf Battery is not well designed for 300+ mile road trips, that require multiple (2+) CHAdeMO fast charges, in warmer 90F degree+ climates.

There was NO mention of what to expect in the battery degradation department, in this Cars.com Leaf review. This is a big miss for information seeking consumers, that are new to EVs. The 40kWh Leaf with 150 miles of range, will most definitely degrade to approximately 135 miles of driving range, by the end of a typical 3 yr. / 36k mi. driving cycle. Figure somewhere between a 2 – 4 % annual rate of degradation for the Leaf 40kWh pack, in the typical driving cycle.

Murrysville EV

2-4%? My 2012 Leaf lost 5.3% per year, adding up to a loss of 15% in 3 years. And I never once got the claimed 73 miles of range.

After 3 years, it’s possible a 2018 Leaf could have a usable range of 60 to 70 miles in the winter, and maybe 125 in the summer.

Michael

Wauw – they really used lot of time for finding out these “major” problems that Nissan “didnt address” with the new version,
No telescoping steering wheel
Rear-seat positioning causes “knees-up” seating for adults
When folded down, rear-seat “ledge” reduces cargo capacity
Optional Bose subwoofer eats up additional cargo space

Will

Poor ass job from Cars.com. They watched a youtube video and copy who ever made

Will

Ioniq is no competition since its a compliance and can not get it if you dont live in southern California

Engels jean pierre

I bought a 2018 model and regret the range :150 km or less!!!!!! I will wait for the 2019 model to look for an exchange.Meanwile “I will be sitting on eggs…..

Ccar

Thought it was 240 km range 150 seems very low.

Fabian

It’s 150 Miles and it still seems low.