Watch New 2018 Nissan LEAF Review By Kelley Blue Book

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The all-new second-generation 2018 Nissan LEAF boasts mainstream style and improved performance.

Nissan is finally ramping up dealer stock of the all-new LEAF in the U.S. For a time, you couldn’t really get a LEAF (new or old), unless you purchased a used model. The automaker stopped making the first-gen vehicle and didn’t get the second-gen car production rolling in the U.S. in a hurry. January sales were only at 150, but a respectable 895 LEAFs found owners’ driveways in February. Watch for the floodgates to open this month.

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2018 Nissan LEAF

Now that the new LEAF is a reality in the U.S. – at least in terms of most people likely being able to get their hands on one – let’s take a look at a current review to help you with your EV buying decision.

Kelley Blue Book reminds us that the LEAF helped pave the way for mainstream electric cars. However, it has always seemed a bit polarizing to many people. Nonetheless, due to its practical hatchback configuration and midsize interior, it has been a huge hit throughout the globe.

Now, the redesign arrives with more range, more power, mainstream good looks, and available semi-autonomous features.

Video description via Kelley Blue Book on YouTube:

Introduced in 2011 the Nissan Leaf helped make electric cars ever-so-slightly more mainstream. With the 2nd-generation Leaf Nissan hopes to continue that momentum. The latest Leaf retains its practical hatchback design but this time around it’s styling is more mainstream and less polarizing. Kelley Blue Book’s Micah Muzio took charge of the latest Leaf to see how generation-2 performs, both as a car and as an electric car.

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According to there are currently 1276 LEAFs in stock in the USA.

I know not every last LEAF in stock is in their database but it is a good data point.

Nice review.
But, I guess he doesn’t get the Premium Nature of the EV experience. It clearly stands out against ICE vehicles, and that should be stressed.

It’s the new Luxury Standard.
You’re not in a luxury car anymore, unless it’s electric.
You’re in an obsolete substandard ICE car now.

That’s why people move to EV’s, it’s a considerably higher Premium Product.
( Oh, and it keeps your air clean too. You can heat up your car in your garage without poisoning yourself. )

It is great to promote EVs, but if you do so without accurate and honest information it does more harm than good.

I have driven the first generation Leaf on test drives and rkdden as a lassenger in my friend’s. Unless the 2nd gen Leaf is night and day quieter at highway speed than the original model it is no luxury car. Many cars have more sophisticated suspension systems, make use of better sound deadening techniques, and use quiter grand touting tires. It makes a difference reducing road noise. On many highways with older surfaces, the loudest and most annoying source of noise is not the engine or wind noise -it is the road surface transmitted through the tires and suspension. Are there significant advances in the latest Leaf model that reduce this noise compared to gen 1?

The new LEAF is quieter and even more than a Tesla, if I recall correctly side by side comparaison.

You should check your tire brand and alignment or else but my old 2012 Leaf is the quietest car I’ve been in.

And I’ve been in luxury car also.

EVs are so much quieter that when Chevy made the Spark EV version they had to change out the suspension and steering bushings for so you couldn’t hear the tiny squeaks from them since the engine noise drowned it out previously..

“You should check your tire brand”

I was not talking about road noise from my car, but the Leaf’s I mentoned had very low miles with stock tires.

Glad you like your Leaf. There are certainly cars that transmit more road noise. On newer ruberized asphalt and low speed it is very quiet being an EV. There are quiter cars on grainy surfaces at highway speeds though. Maybe those speeds are lower where you live. In the western U.S you have 75mph speed limits and average speed is aroung 80.

Here in the midwest 65 miles per hour but cars go 70

Confirmed by back-to-back test, Leaf 2 is a bit quieter than Model S 90D 2016 facelift at the speeds up to 110 km/h.
Handling is so-so. Acceleration is not good (comparing to i3). E-pedal is great. Interior quality is mediocre. Consumption 185 wh/km at 0 degrees C. Autosteer is on par with other brands like Tesla, Volvo, MB, etc.

Good price-quality ratio.

There’s nothing premium or luxurious with the Leaf. I have 2 Leafs, a Tesla and (surprise) a V8 ICE.

The entire family still favors the premium, luxurious ICE for long road trips. The Tesla is equally premium and luxurious for road trips needing no more than 1 Supercharger stop (crazy full here in NorCal). The Leafs are daily drivers. Only good for going slow in the slow lane. Battery degrades like heck and it only takes 1 DCFC session in summer to run the temp red.

I have been promoting BEVs for years but never from the luxury angle. That is too much of a stretch.

“Only good for going slow in the slow lane.”
Maybe promoting evs is not your thing.

Seriously, you take your Leaf at 80mph on the freeways in NorCal?

As Nate said earlier, if you promote EVs without accurate and honest information, you’re doing more harm than good. I tell Joe Public the truth – on freeways, anything faster than 65mph on a flat road will cause him/her to see way less than rated range. Weather makes it worse.

Back on topic, the 2018 Leaf will be much better in most aspects, well, except maybe battery degradation.

That does explain the one and a half percent market share.

-Smoother ride.
-Quieter ride.
-Better music experience.
( Yes, you hear wind noise, but, that’s only because you can NOW hear wind noise, because there’s no engine noise blocking it out. — It’s better than wind & engine noise. )

What kind of car do you drive that the engine noise is even audible. I can’t even tell my car is running when I’m driving at highway speeds.

What I’m not hearing, is what I want Kelly Blue Book to tell us. Not a car ad, but instead an appraisal of what kind of depreciation a buyer might expect. How it rates on safety, performance, value, etc compared to it’s competition. It’s the depreciation that would scare me the most on any ev.

Then lease one like the majority of people do. With high tech cars becoming obsolete so fast, a 3 year lease is long enough to be stuck with today’s technology cars.

The depreciation for EVs is still largely an unknown factor since it is such a tiny market…
But I can tell you the average price of used Leafs on and craigslist in AZ is probably a couple thousand more than a comparable mileage and aged Leaf was just two years ago…

If you want to talk about depreciation objectively then i have an exemple for you.
For my eGolf the buy out at the end of my 36 month lease is $11600. After all the credits my total lease cost for the 3 years is $4200 (not including gas savings). That would make the total value of the car $15800 and depreciation at around 27%.
This is an objective look into ev depreciation! The credits are money on your pocket and you must account for them. I dare you find an ICE that has only 27% depreciation after 3 years. Stop believing in fairy tales and do the math for yourself.

It would be helpful to mention the total cost “savings value” of your particular Fed ($7.5k), and State ($2.5k Cali. ?), and local utility ($ 0.01?) rebates/credits. The cash back total gives the uninitiated EV buyer / leaser, a clearer picture of actual depreciation, as it translates to their individual (Fed), and regional (State), and local (utility) cost basis.

We are talking lease so the fed credit got discounted but went to the financing company. There was a $2500 CA rebate and a $450 SCE rebate (which is in fact also from CA). I could have done even better on the total lease if i paid all upfront but didn’t think of that at the time. Gas savings for me personally add another $50/month so that would be $1800 in my pocket that i did not accoult in the original post. There is no utility rate since I’m on solar but the gas savings calculation is based on 17c/kwh rate (for me it’s free since I always have a surplus in generation). These deals are there every day for everyone to take advantage but for some stupid unexplained reasons few do.

BTW, in CA if you are low income you get an additional $2k on top of everything. Crazy!

The CVRP in Cali. can add up to real savings, $2.5k + an extra additional (low income) $2.0k = a total of $4.5k savings.

“Absolutely Crazy Ridiculous”, that more people here in California don’t take advantage of the $10k-$12.5k+ FREE CASH Discount on New EV purchase / lease deals.

San Joaquin, CA had a $3k local rebate recently (maybe they still do). We can keep talking about this but it will only get crazier. See, this is why, at least in CA, people should never complain about depreciation. To others, just buy used.

Being able to take a $2500 state rebate on a leased car make the deal much better for you than those in other states without that. Seems like a no brainer to lease a Leaf or similar there.

In Oregon there is a new EV credit but it might not get funded due to a lawsuit:(

Alex autos is better reviewer

“Alex On Autos” is hard to beat, when it come to objective and informative automotive reviews.

“utterly unnatural brake feel”

What? I have never heard this claim before nor have I ever experienced it in any EV