Indeed it is, but the key here is the word "available."

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF didn't make a big splash in the U.S. as only over 5,000 were sold during its four months (February - May) on the market so far, which is almost the same as in 2017.

Is it possible that it could still be considered the best battery electric vehicle out there though?

Edmunds recently did a general overview of the second-generation LEAF and found out that it's not the fastest, not the longest-range and not the sexiest model, but... it has a lot of utility, it's comfortable and a decent value proposition. Its main feature though is availability. Unlike many electric cars, the LEAF is available nationwide today. No waiting. Just walk right into your nearest Nissan dealership and buy one. Sadly, that's not the case with most electric cars, not even Teslas.

The all-electric range stands at 151 miles / 243 km (EPA), while acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 7.8 seconds (15.9 seconds on 1/4 mile).

Is then the Nissan LEAF best EV out there? Well, for some consumers and in some states, it is. Especially if you're looking for a normal car for daily use and your budget doesn't extend out to a Tesla.

" The Nissan Leaf was the first "real" mass-produced electric car, and Nissan has followed up with a new Leaf with more range, more technology and more performance. Edmunds Road Test Engineer Calvin Kim gives you the rundown on the updates and what makes the Leaf relevant today."

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