This Review Says New Nissan LEAF Needs Improvements


The problem is mostly the infotainment system.

Hey, look! It’s Jake, Yuri, and they’re going for a drive. This time around, the comedic car-reviewing Canucks are taking the Nissan LEAF for a spin. That’s the 40-kWh battery version, of course, since the 60-kWh e-Plus LEAF has yet to see the light of day (and even its reveal has been delayed). So, does the 2018 LEAF have what it takes to impress the pair?

As is their wont, the two kick off their review with the car’s vital statistics, announcing it boasts a range of 242 km (150 miles). They add the motor puts out 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. These, they agree, are pretty good numbers, if somewhat shy of what they feel is the optimal 300 to 350 kilometers (186 to 217 miles) amount of range for a battery-powered vehicle.

Styling-wise, though they had conflicting views of the original LEAF, they agree that this overhauled version looks good enough. They also concur the decision to keep the charging point on its nose was great. As they show the opened port, they inform of charging speeds using various power levels: level 3 DC charging using CHAdeMO takes one hour to 80 percent; level 2 takes 7-1/2 hours; level 1, your normal household outlet, is pronounced to take at least 20 to 30 hours.

The guys found the driving experience to be ok. That is to say, somewhat bland but acceptable. They seemed a little saddened that it didn’t spin its tires on takeoff, but owners should appreciate that since it means the rubber will last longer. We think the lack of squeal actually points to a more sophisticated traction control system and should be commended.

While we won’t give the whole thing away — just watch it, it’s only 12 minutes — we will add that they seem to enjoy the one-pedal driving experience that the e-Pedal system bestows. Watch it to the end and see how they rate it compared to the other plug-in cars they’ve driven. We were a little surprised at some of their ranking choices, but hey, they’re Canadian so we expect them to be a little “different.” Enjoy!

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Must be Nissan shorts.


All cars “need” improvements.


Nissan to the N.A. buying EV public, after the Chevy Bolt release in decent volume (early 2017)

“You get what we give you, when we finally see what the competition has already developed and brought to market. And, then we will bring it after some arbitrary delay, and do so begrudgingly!”


We need millions of EVs that go 50 miles so everyone can afford one. Most people where I live buy gasoline $2, $5, and $10 USD at a time. Thats less than 50 miles worth of gasoline. Especially true for multi car families.


Im leasing the new Leaf, i really really HATE the 1 Infotaiment 2 The STUPID analogue spedometer 3 The irritating warningsounds/beeping, i would love to have those sounds on replay and lock the idiots that thought that was a good sound to have.


Yeah I prefer the digital style the Gen 1 had.

Tim E

If you get an OBDII adapter and LeafSpy Pro – you can disable the sounds.

Highly recommended!!


Thanks for the tip, i will look into that.


Despite so much media coverage and all the fanfare, the sales of Leaf is going down this year.
Nissan’s new boss is not interested, pretty much like the Cadillac’s ex-boss.
Watch Leaf going down slowly.

He thinks he can save Nissan with just the gas guzzlers.
And the Chinese are coming with their electric vehicles. They will just steam roll the gas guzzlers.


Agreed ‼️


Nissan Leaf 2018 was actually a big improvement. And the Nissan Leaf 2019 E-Plus will be another huge improvement, with over 200 miles of range.

This is quite fast progression. As for Nissan Leaf 2018 sales – they’re doing great in Europe.


They need to start by pulling their head out of their *ss and bring their 60 kWh car to market.

What they did to their own Carlos will come back to haunt them.

Their alliance is dying a very slow intentional death.

Nissan you just killed what good you had.

Now what are you going to do?


Disagree on a couple of points. The Bose infotainment system is stupendous. And I think that the ePedal is worthless. On the 2018 which I own.

The epedal is my favorite feature of this car. really wish mine had it, the creep drives me crazy.


Haven’t watched the video but as a 4 year leaf owner I can agree that the leaf needs improvement and the infotainment center is the main thing.


Nissan needs their postponed 60 kWh sooner than later and the minor things won’t matter.


Jakub, not Jake 😉

Love The Straight Pipes! Their Ioniq vs Ioniq video is awesome 😀


Yuri likes ugly cars


We need less expensive EVs. 100 million $12,000 EVs in america is what we need that go 50 miles per charge. We also need 100 million EVs that go further but at an increase in price of course. They should have continued making the original LEAF and dropped its price $15,000 USD.


I totally agree, auto makers should have kept making the same range cars for less money as 1st generation EVs (100-200km range) and just use newer battery technology for that 30kWh battery ergo you could easily go to 25 000$ / 22 000€. You would even go further than with older batteries because of the improved technology.

I am pretty sure that 2018 30kWh battery would go further than 2010-2016 30kWh with battery temperature management system and motor improvements in efficiency.

For example 2016 Leaf with 30kWh has range of 5,73km per kWh.
2018 Leaf with 40kWh has range of 6,24km per kWh.

If they could achieve the same ratio with new 2018 30kWh battery, we could have the same battery with 15km (8,8%) more range. If you ask me that is pretty good 👍


The biggest problem the Nissan LEAF has is too many people have too great of expectations. Its a family commuter car that’s great on the environment and it is very reliable. Its not a performance car or sports car or luxury car. Its not a taxi or a delivery vehicle or a cross country rambler. You should stop criticizing a car for things it is not designed to do and you should start to praise the car for what it is designed for — saving lots of CO2 emissions and saving families lots of money in a reliable semi-affordable car