There is actually an electric car for the masses, according to CNN, and it comes as no surprise that it's the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF.
With the Nissan LEAF, it's plain and simple ... you pay less and you get less. But, this is a recipe many Americans need if there is going to be a solid transition to electric cars. Until there are plenty of reasonably-priced EV offerings, widespread adoption will remain slow.
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People buy inexpensive cars with adequate performance and subpar cabin materials all the time. This is not always as true in the EV segment, where vehicles are more expensive, and Tesla is the most widely-known and followed EV maker (especially in the U.S.).
While the LEAF has less range than the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt, you still get a solid feature list for the money. Nissan does a good job of upping the ante where it counts most and still keeping costs down.
CNN says that Tesla has shown that electric-car driving can be "fun." The reviewer goes on to say that the LEAF is not fun, but "fine." He really appreciates the car's one-pedal driving, as well as ProPilot assist, which is a feature usually only available in luxury cars.
In terms of the LEAF's visual appeal, it is much more appealing than the outgoing model. However, the interior is reminiscent of a "cheap" car. Nonetheless, CNN concludes that an electric car like the new Nissan LEAF could work for a typical family.
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CNNMoney's Peter Valdes-Dapena takes a look at the 2018 Nissan Leaf which starts at $29,990 and can go for about 150 miles on a single charge.