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2018 S 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $29,990
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Kermit used to admonish that it ain't easy being green, but it's clear the beloved amphibian hasn't had a chance to sample the current crop of electric cars. Take the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf; it offers more technology along with a longer range than the old model, while also costing less money. Sorry, Kermit, but it seems like it's easier than ever to be green.

What's New for 2018

Nissan redesigned the Leaf for 2018.

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Choosing Your Nissan LEAF

Being an all-electric car, the heart of the Leaf's propulsion system is a lithium-ion battery pack, one that is 67 percent more energy dense than the previous model. This battery pack powers a 110-kW electric motor, which provides 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, both marked increases from the old model. Along with providing the better performance, this powertrain delivers improved range as well, letting drivers roam up to 150 miles before running out of juice.

Along with the improved driveline, the supporting technology also takes a leap forward. The optional ProPilot Assist, for instance, offers drivers semi-autonomous capability: simply activate the system and the car will automatically keep a set distance from the car ahead. ProPilot will also keep the car within it's lane, reducing the need to steer, and it will automatically brake and even halt the car completely should the proceeding car come to a full stop.

The e-Pedal is another attempt at marketing tomorrow's tech today. The e-Pedal feature allows drivers to modulate nearly all braking via the accelerator pedal. That's right: the accelerator pedal can control up to 90 percent of everyday braking, according to Nissan. All buyers have to do is take their foot off the accelerator pedal. By doing so, the Leaf immediately slows down, using up to 0.2g braking force.

While the e-Pedal is standard, the Leaf offers other safety and assistance features as options. These include lane-departure warning, intelligent lane intervention, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and a surround-view camera.

Eight colors are available, including a two-tone back/white scheme.

While it hasn't been assigned one yet, the 2018 Leaf will likely be eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, not to mention state-specific incentives, that can drive prices down considerably. The numbers listed here do not include any tax credits.

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The entry-level Leaf is the S, starting at $30,875 (including destination). Standard features include a five-inch color infotainment display, Bluetooth, cruise control, tilt steering column, six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, four-speaker radio, SiriusXM, automatic emergency braking, e-Pedal with hill-hold assist, and automatic climate control with HVAC timer for pre-heating or cooling.

Buyers can choose from two different packages. The $1,590 Charge Package brings 240V charging and a portable charging cable, and an $450 All-Weather Package includes heated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors and rear under-seat heat ducts.

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Next up is the $33,375 SV trim. This middle-tier equips the Leaf with 17-inch wheels, foglights, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, adaptive cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-speaker audio system, and HD radio.

As with the S, an All-Weather Package is available. Also available is the $2,200 Technology Package, which gives buyers an electronic parking brake, portable charge cable, LED headlights, ProPilot Assist, auto-dimming mirror, eight-way power driver's seat, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and intelligent lane intervention.

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The highest spec Leaf retails for $37,085. Standard features include portable charging cable, surround-view camera, a hybrid heater system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather seats, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert, as well as a Bose seven-speaker system.

The only available package is the Technology Package, which is down to $650 on the SL, includes an electronic parking brake, ProPilot Assist, high beam assist, automatic emergency braking, and intelligent lane intervention.

CarsDirect Tip

An SV with the $2,200 Technology Package will have all the latest in technology and driver aids that Nissan offers on the Leaf, and undercuts the SL by $1,500. For the buyer looking for the best bang for their buck, this is the way to go.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

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The all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf gets points for a much-improved design, well-packaged and better-looking interior, longer driving range, and the availability of advanced safety features. But it remains bland behind the wheel, cold weather affects its range, and the fast charging network is spotty, at best.

Best Value

Pricing for the 2018 Leaf, before incentives, starts at $30,875 for the S, and rises to $38,380 for the SL trim finished in two-tone pearl white and black and equipped with the Technology Package. The standard feature set includes the usual power bits plus a five-inch display screen, automatic climate control, keyless push-button start, a rearview camera, pre-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

At a $2,500 premium over the S, we'd opt for the SV that adds larger 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, adaptive cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, along with access to a number of additional advanced safety features. Here's how we'd build it:

  • Model: 2018 Nissan Leaf SV
  • Engine: 110-kW AC synchronous
  • Output: 147 hp / 236 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Single-speed direct drive
  • Battery Pack: 40-kWh lithium ion
  • Range: EPA-estimated 151 miles
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 125 MPGe City / 100 MPGe Hwy
  • Options: SV Technology Package ($2,200, 120 V/240 V portable charge cable, electronic parking brake, LED headlights and signature daytime running lights, ProPILOT Assist [adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist], automatic high beams, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power driver's seat, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert)
  • Base Price: $33,375 (including a $885 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $35,575


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With a larger electric motor and 40 more horsepower, the 2018 Leaf accelerates smartly and offers punchier acceleration above 50 miles per hour. The ride is smooth, handling is predictable, and road-holding is decent – courtesy of its low-mounted batteries. In addition, Eco mode is less annoying than its peers and extends around-town battery range by five to nine percent. Nissan's "e-Pedal" system, which offers "one-pedal driving" for increased regenerative braking and is gentler than the systems found on the Chevrolet Bolt and BMW i3, is standard.

On the other hand, steering feel is slightly numb with weak on-center feel, Eco mode makes the Leaf feel a little sluggish. Not surprisingly, charging times and cold weather is its Achilles heel. Fully depleted, a normal 120-volt outlet charge takes 16 hours. Installing a 240-volt outlet at home (a portable charging cord that handles either 120-volt or 240-volt current is optional on the S and SV and standard on the SL) cuts the time to eight hours. Finally, a 50-kw CHAdeMO DC fast charger – provided you have access to one – recharges the battery to 80 percent in about 40 minutes. Winter driving also takes a toll. In temperatures ranging from 40 to 45 degrees, we experienced a test Leaf using 108 predicted miles to travel just 66 miles at highway speeds.


The Leaf's latest design is an improvement in every way – losing its predecessor's bug-eyed look with a new V-shaped grille pattern, while appropriating a number of styling cues from the handsome Murano. The new look is wrapped around a stylish and updated interior that's comfortable enough for long-distance travel and a step above Nissan's typical smaller offerings. Soft-touch materials have replaced much of the previous model's hard plastics, with the suede two-tone look found in the SL an especially nice touch.

At the same time, the back seat isn't nearly as accommodating as those up front. The rear seat cushions feel thinner, while the backrest is reclined at more of an angle than some may find comfortable.

The Best and Worst Things

The Leaf's slick design, stylish interior, and 151-mile range make it an obvious choice for many. We just wish the steering wasn't quite as numb and it offered sportier handling characteristics.

Right For? Wrong For?

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Normal styling, interior upgrades, the availability of active safety features, and a 151-mile range make the new Leaf a compelling choice for eco-conscious buyers concerned with safety.

At the same time, enthusiasts are sure to be turned off by its numb steering and mundane handling.

The Bottom Line

Despite the typical charging issues along with mediocre handling, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a solid competitor in its class thanks to its more conventional design, more upscale interior, advanced safety features, and longer 151-mile range.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
147 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
125 / 100 / 114 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
147 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
125 / 100 / 114 Mpge
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
30.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
92 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
176.4 "
Exterior Width
70.5 "
Exterior Height
61.4 "
Front Headroom
41.2 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
33.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,433 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Steel
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Emergency Braking (feb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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