Gone is the bug-eyed Leaf of the previous generation. Now, we have the 2018 Nissan Leaf, a compact EV that takes on many of the design characteristics of the Nissan cars lineup which gently nodding to its heritage.
For 2018, the Leaf has gotten a longer range, a more sophisticated interior, and a mainstream design. It now has e-Pedal and ProPILOT Assist alongside other advanced safety, fuel-saving, and convenience technologies.
Can the Leaf truly compete in the world of Model3s and Bolts?
For this review, I drove the top grade 2018 Nissan Leaf SL. It was equipped with the SL Technology package ($650), which included ProPILOT Assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, an electronic parking brake, and high beam assist. Additionally, carpeted cargo and floor mats ($190) and splash guards ($190) were installed. Destination and delivery charges were listed as an additional $885. On top of the base price of $36,200, the total ended up as $38,115.
2018 Nissan Leaf exterior
The company’s signature V-Motion grille sits centered between boomerang lights that are clearly from the Nissan design team. A strong horizontal character line draws the eye backward toward the rear edge of the car’s floating roof. At the back is a fifth door and a tail end that is reminiscent of a 2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor. Discreet badging clearly labels the Leaf as a Zero Emission vehicle but it’s nothing too showy.