2018 Nissan Leaf Review
If you’ve been keeping up with Nissan cars, you might remember the Nissan Leaf that appeared back in 2011. The look of that car was anything but great, bordering on being a bit dorky. However, with time, Nissan was able to boost the Leaf and now we have the 2018 Nissan Leaf to talk about. The car has been redesigned from the previous models and is said to give more power, a better drive, and increased battery size. Let’s see what drivers can expect from it.
As mentioned above, Nissan has left the dorky look for a more power-exuding exterior. You’ll notice that the 2018 Nissan Leaf features a more mature and mainstream look that’s very eye-catching. The front of the car is where most of the appealing design resides. The headlights have a slanting, cat-like appearance with the logo right in the middle. Take note that every Leaf is recharged through using a port that’s hidden above the Nissan badge that you’ll get to see in this car’s nose.
The interior of the 2018 Nissan Leaf is quite comfortable to sit in as well as look at. The seats have been upgraded from the previous models, ensuring that your body remains comfortable during the longest of drives. This car’s front seats are well-spaced. Furthermore, the backseats also provide a lot of room, but limited headroom for tall passengers in the back might be a problem. Some drivers might not like the fact that the steering wheel isn’t a telescoping one. You’ll also notice a 7-inch touchscreen and a lot of buttons on the dashboard. CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are present. There’s a lot of storage space including cutouts in the car’s doors for water bottles.
Talking about the base 2018 Nissan Leaf S, you’ll get a standard automated emergency braking with a 5.0-inch touchscreen. There are also automatic headlights, LED taillights, proximity key with push-button starting, and automatic climate control. The Level 1 and 2 connector are a paid-option for the base, but standard on the SL trim. The DC quick-charging allows this car to gain power for an 88 miles drive in just 30 minutes by using a public CHAdeMO connection. A Bose audio system is optional. You’ll also get LED headlights, rear HVAC ducting, rear cross-traffic alert, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a surround-view camera system. The e-Pedal is a unique feature that allows you to drive this car without needing to touch the brake pedal.
Specifics / Performance
|BASE PRICE||$30,875 MSRP|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback|
|MOTOR TYPE||Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor|
|TOP SPEED||95 mph|
|TRANSMISSION||1-speed direct drive|
|EPA FUEL ECONOMY||Combined/city/highway: 112/124/101 mpg|
|0-60 MPH||9.5 sec|
|ON SALE IN U.S.||Q1 2018|