Check out this in-depth review of the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF.

We've shared a handful of 2018 Nissan LEAF video reviews, dating back to a few first drives in Japan. However, this is one is via the US; and as such, who better to fill us in than Alex on Autos.

Alex goes into plenty of details regarding the LEAF's new design. He also gives us a solid idea of sizing in comparison to the outgoing model, as well as competing vehicles. It rings in right around the size of a Hyundai IONIQ, but isn't as big as the Elantra.

2018 Nissan LEAF test drive

2018 Nissan LEAF test drive

Before taking the LEAF for a spin, Alex discusses the new 147-horsepower engine and 40 kWh battery pack and mentions the eventual long range model (~60 kWh/225 miles of range). He also visits charging abilities, the lack of active thermal management of the lithium-ion battery pack, and the LEAF's heat pump.

Notable takeaways:

  • Exceptional front-seat comfort and space: 9/10
  • Good rear-seat comfort, adequate legroom, minimal headroom: 8/10
  • Many hard-touch surfaces, although soft-touch in places that matter (door armrests, center console armrest)
  • zero-60-mph in 7.7 seconds
  • Noticeable tire slip due to instant torque
  • Good management of torque steer
  • Braking is not as good as most compacts but parallels other EVs
  • Outstanding, seamless transition between friction braking and regen braking
  • Handling is mostly unchanged from the 2017 model: B
  • Ride quality is excellent: A
  • Cabin noise improvements: B+
Overall, the new LEAF looks and feels more like a "regular" car. It mirrors that of the ICE Nissan family. Added to this, it's more sporty in terms of the overall driving experience. All of these aspects should work to help the 2018 Nissan LEAF garner more mass appeal.

Video Description via Alex on Autos on YouTube:

America's most popular EV has just received its first redesign featuring a more mainstream look, a bump to 150 miles of range and more standard equipment. For 2019 Nissan has announced the Leaf will get another range bump with thanks to a bigger battery for "over 200 miles" of EV range to compete directly with Chevy's Bolt. In the meantime the Leaf slots right between the "average" EV in America and the Bolt in terms of overall range with one of the lower price tags on a modern EV.

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