Consumer Reports will buy the next-generation Nissan LEAF to begin tests this winter, but prior to delivery, it checked out the new car earlier at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

First impressions from a short test drive are positive, with the new LEAF improved on all fronts.

Besides stronger specs (40 kWh battery and around 150 miles of EPA range, as well as the 110 kW electric motor) at $29,990 before incentives, CR noted:

  • silent, quick and smooth acceleration
  • e-Pedal for one-pedal driving (but you can turn it off if you don't like)
  • more conventional cabin
  • power seat with adjustable lumbar support
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • bigger trunk
  • ProPilot Assist
Driving experience is significantly improved too:

"The new Leaf is firmer than the softly sprung outgoing model, though its suspension still effectively takes the edge off bumps and manhole covers. Handling has improved, with less body lean and more decisive turn-in response."

Source: Consumer Reports