Nissan Offering $2,000 Cash Back On 2018 LEAF (In ZEV States)


Nissan is offering buyers up to $2,000 for financing a Leaf in California Air Resource Board (CARB) states that have adopted the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate.

Since the launch of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF, the car has been selling incredibly well worldwide. The new model is a significant step up in range over the 2017 model. Styling has also been smoothed out to be more mainstream.

Despite the global success, sales in the U.S. have been decent but unremarkable this year. In fact for the first 6 months of the year, sales are down from 2017. Part of this has been due to modest inventories averaging between 2,500 and 2,750 most months last quarter. Knowledge of the longer range battery (expected to arrive in 2019) is likely softening demand as well. But there has also been a lack of great deals compared to what was being offered this time last year.

Currently, Nissan is now offering $2,000 cash back if you finance through Nissan Motors Acceptance Corporation (NMAC). So long as you live in a state that has adopted a ZEV mandate that is. As is usually the case for electric vehicles from traditional automakers, the best offers are relegated to a few states.

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2018 Leaf deals in most states

A quick check of Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and New York City zip codes turns up a $219/mo lease offer and a $2,000 NMAC cash offer for qualified buyers. Offers in Denver, Dallas, Albuquerque and Detroit aren’t as strong, with a higher monthly lease and no cash back. Still, even for those living in areas without ZEV mandates, a $249/mo lease doesn’t sound so bad. Provided the $3,979 due at signing isn’t a turn off.

Unfortunately lease offers have not really dropped since the launch of the car. But the $2,000 cash back and 0% APR is nice for buyers that qualify. For those that are considering or have purchased a new LEAF, have you seen (or haggled for) even better buys recently?

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I sincerely hope these cash back deals from Nissan trickle up here to Québec where we just recently passed a ZEV mandate modeled on the California mandate (literally copied, translated into French and then passed into law) :))

Oh i would love to have 2k more that the 8k that we allready have, i’m sure ontario will love us even more :p

Compared to the cash back for other models this $2k is low.

“turns up a $219/mo lease offer and a $2,000 NMAC ”
It’s not “and” it’s “or”. You don’t get both by leasing. The 2k is for buyers. They also have 1k for military and 1k for grad. Hit them all and you have $14450 off in SoCal.

“ turns up a $219/mo lease offer and a $2,000 NMAC cash offer for qualified buyers.”

I specifically referred to the 2k for “buyers” and for those “financing” and included a screencap. I don’t think it’ll confuse anyone. 😉

But yes if you’re a grad or in the military you can save some extra cash!

I see. In my book a qualified buyer can refer to a lease too since you are in effect leasing to buy and financing through NMAC. You are right, we should not focus on technicalities.

I’m very curious if this can be combined with the 2k. Anyone on here got this deal?

Why would anyone pay any money for today’s Leaf when a car that’s better in every conceivable way is coming in less than 5 months? Resist your urge from lizard brain for instant gratification and wait for the new model. Granted, initial pricing may be higher, but they will come down quickly thanks to competition from the likes of Kona, etc. Heck, even Tesla may be forced to build standard range Model 3, though that’s not as certain as guaranteed new Leaf to be better than current Leaf in every conceivable way.

people that will never do more than 1 charge a day don’t care about the new model that coming out and would take the 2k of discount

Because of extra competition, Nissan may have to offer discounts on new Leaf as well. Going for today’s crap Leaf for mere 2K while far better Leaf (or Leaf as it should’ve been in the first place) may offer just as much discount, if not more, is poor decision.

Even if you’re set on getting crap Leaf, waiting few months will most likely have far better deals due to left over crap Leaf that they need to get rid of to make room for real EV.

When both models will be on sale I expect at least $10k price gap. There are plenty out there that don’t need more range or tms so why pay the extra 10k? That can be the difference between the car paying itself out through gas savings or not.

That’s why people should wait until both models are on sale instead of getting now when only crap Leaf is on sale. Paying bit more for gas for 5 months will result in far more savings when both models are on sale even if you want the crap Leaf.

As for gas savings, $10K will be well over 10 years even if you get electricity for free. I doubt non TMS Leaf will last 10 years nor would you want to drive crap Leaf that long. OTOH, new Leaf might be worth keeping for 10 years.

A 36 month lease actually sounds pretty good. You get an EV and the benefits thereof and by the time the lease is up, you’ll be able to choose among many more EV models.

Maybe because the current offer meets their needs? Maybe because the current offer meets their budget? Not everyone cares about blazing across the country in 36 hours (which I’d point out, even a Tesla can’t do). The 151 miles of the current Leaf is more than enough for most daily commutes and is palatable for travel within a region too. We haven’t seen exact pricing yet, but everyone is expecting that the Leaf e-Power is going to cost more than the one out now. Some people would rather save the $5k for a rental. If they ever need it.

Leaf E+

To save money is exactly why people should wait. When new Leaf is out, crap Leaf price will nose dive, and lot better deals may be made on today’s crappy Leaf.

I’ve seen the SVs at 7k under MSRP in Massachusetts. At dealerships that’ll haggle (I wouldn’t buy one though so haven’t found out how low the might go).

Once the 19s come out these things are going to be even cheaper.

Yep, get it under MSRP and add in the incentives and even an SV can easily reach half off. That’s going to decimate future values, but oh well.

Washington had these rebates too, I do not think we are a ZEV credit state?

I believe Washington has a less strict Low Emission Vehicle program (similar to the one Colorado is expected to be working on.) A ZEV would qualify towards that LEV program.

Will double check on it when I get a moment. 🙂

We “adopted” the ZEV mandates, but without the teeth. This is why we’re not getting first pickings on most EVs.
However, Nissan has a soft spot for the Seattle area and we’ve always been on their favorites list for Leaf rollouts.

I wouldn’t want a 2018 or earlier Nissan Leaf if it was free. Nissan have been told for years by experts and customers that they need an active thermal management system on the Leaf. They totally ignored everyone. They said their air cool system is sufficient. Well, it has not been sufficient. The 2019 will have an active thermal management system. This is a welcome change.

“Part of this has been due to modest inventories averaging between 2,500 and 2,750 most months last quarter.”

Not so.

That inventory represents 2 months’ sales, which is considered ideal in the car industry. The Leaf isn’t selling because it’s not a good value.

It’s not a good value at MSRP, but most people aren’t paying MSRP for it and in some markets, this $2k cash back could easily pile up with other incentives to be about half off.

The deal I got on my SL here in Texas beats this. I got a few adds like tinted windows and locking lug nuts for free, I got $3000 off sticker price and I got another $7900 for the lease incentive plus I’m getting less than 1% financing on the lease. On top of all that I’m getting a $2500 rebate from Texas.

My lease is for 42 months and the payments are a little high, $350 per month, but the residual is really low, less than $12k. I will probably be better off keeping the car at the end of the lease instead of turning it in. The Bolt EV I wanted would have cost me at least $10k more to own and I would have gotten a smaller car without power seats, Adaptive Cruise Control or Assisted Steering.

Sounds like you got a pretty deal for Texas! Did you pick up a 2017 or 2018?

2018 with ProPilot.

Sounds like you got a decent deal. I say decent just because that RV…

I wasn’t an easy sell, I had my 2017 Focus Electric that I really like. I just stopped in to the Nissan dealership just test drive the 2018 Leaf with ProPilot. But I let them run the numbers and then they kept running the offer up the management chain and sweetening the dealafter I threatened to walk out several times.

When I tried to make a deal on a Bolt EV the offer was take it or leave it. The Chevy dealer did increase the trade in on my FFE but they still would only give $2500 on a lease incentive and wanted 5% on financing. The payments would have been at least $100 more per month and I would have had to come up with $23k if I wanted to keep the car after the lease.

WOW, now that is a crappy Bolt deal!

Nice, how’s it treating you?

So far it’s been great; comfortable, lots of power and lots of room. I use ProPilot every day, it takes a little getting used to well worth the price. Day to day I don’t have any problems with the battery getting hot.

I am planning to take the Leaf on long trips once the Electrify America stations get built out. I have ran several long test trips with multiple fast charges to figure out how to manage battery temperature. I have found several ways to manage battery temperature and I am quite confident that the 2018 Leaf is more than capable of traveling long distances in a reasonable amount of time.

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” I use ProPilot every day”

How does the car make sure the driver has their hands on the wheel and/or makes sure you’re paying attention?

The Leaf can’t tell you’re paying attention but it does have pressure sensors on the steering wheel. At first I didn’t like having to grip the steering wheel tightly when steering assist was on. But then I found that I can rest my hands comfortably on the flat spot at bottom of the steering wheel and the weight of my hands keeps the pressure sensors happy.

PROPILOT is a huge Nissan Leaf upgrade, its well worth the additional cost!

Beeps alot

Two fast charge and overnight charge will do for me

Please write a review

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No Active TMS, NO SALE!!!

It’s a great car, TMS or not.

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I’m sure the “Car” is but the battery pack sucks a$s.

Well since he leased it, if he finds the battery pack to be an issue at the end of the lease then it’s Nissans problem not his! 😉

If he has no issues with the pack then great! Either way, no loss on Texas Leafs part.

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If he’s traveling more than 2 DCFC in a day, especially in hot Texan summer, it is his problem in lost time.

If he regularly drives that much then the only option is a Tesla 3 which is almost double the price.

I don’t think you can lease Tesla 3.

Point is that lack of TMS is more than just degradation that doesn’t affect leasees. Even one DCFC after spirited drive in 100F Texan summer would pay hefty time penalty. If he never uses DCFC, no time is lost except that his lease payment has free charging baked into it which he does not utilize.

“his lease payment has free charging baked into it which he does not utilize.”
I forgot they still do that. This car has alot of perks.

If wasting time at DCFC for 30 minutes when the car’s tapered to hell to 3 kW to “get money’s worth” is a perk, sure, it’s a perk. I’d rather not have pre-paid that free charging and just stay away from clogged DCFC and charge at home instead.

Luckily not all of us live in SD and have to deal with this issue… for now.

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I predict when the 60KWh model comes out, better deals for the 2018 will come so they can get rid of the 2018.

I don’t think Nissan plans to discontinue the 40kWh model even after the e-Power comes out, at least not until they can get MSRP for the latter down below $30k.

Lease the 2018 Leaf,
Buy the 2018 Bolt,
If you DON’T need a hatchback, here in the USA, just wait a little bit longer for your base Model 3!

Is this the first discount installation, of the looming Osborne effect, from the coming 2019 e-Power active TMS 60kWh Battery Leaf?

Not interested in model 3. No one pedal driving is a deal killer and I want a dashboard and reliability.

yeah 30% of the reason I got my 2018 S vs. keeping my 2015 S was the e-Pedal, so great vs. faffing with the brake pedal dozens of times on the way home. (other 30% was buying another 3 years of battery life + 16 more kWh to boot, last 30% was slightly upgraded radio, dashboard display, & looks).

all for under $16,000 when the rebate checks arrive. Can’t complain.

Do the 40 kWh packs hold capacity over time?

It’s new so no one would be able to tell you… and those that do, are just guessing.

Current existing 2018 Nisan Leaf battery degradation warranty @ 8 yr (96 months), and 100k miles, while still retaining 9 battery segments of the initial 12 segments (roughly 66% of capacity), of the New Leaf 40 kWh battery. Whichever comes first (96mos./100k mi.).

The $3,000 off for Green Mountain Power customers in Vermont is a better deal. Yes, this is on the 2018 model. In the past, other power companies have had similar deals with Nissan. Have they been discontinued in 2018?

I wish companies would stop doing CARB only discounts. It really makes it hard to tell people it isn’t a “compliance car” when they target CARB states. If the discount is honest, it should be more than just CARB states.

I wish all states would join CARB… i bet you would like to change your wish now, huh?

I can’t imagine a better TMS would cost more than $2K.

If they had add that, they wouldn’t need to discount the car nearly as much…