2019 LEAF New Car Test Drive
The Nissan Leaf, a five-door compact hatchback, has been redesigned and re-engineered for 2018. The 2018 Leaf features a new body, new interior, more safety features, and a lower price. More important, it boasts a new battery pack providing increased range and quicker acceleration. The world's best-selling electric car is a whole lot better for 2018.
Its range is estimated at 150 miles, increased by a giant leap of 43 miles over the previous version.
That's still nowhere near the 234-mile range of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, but the Bolt costs $7000 more than the Leaf. Other electric rivals include Ford Focus, Hyundai Ioniq, and Volkswagen e-Golf, with ranges of 114 to 125 miles. But those three are only sold in some parts of the U.S., while the Leaf and Bolt are available everywhere. The Leaf is built in Tennessee.
The EPA rates the 2018 Leaf in MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent. It gets 124 MPGe city, 101 MPGe Highway, and 112 MPGe Combined.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf S ($29,990) comes with heated seats front and rear, heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, rearview camera, dark nylon upholstery, 16-inch steel wheels and plastic wheel covers, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Leaf SV ($32,490) adds a 7.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, power mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Leaf SL ($36,200) gets leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, and automatic headlamps. Options include a seven-speaker Bose audio system and surround-view cameras.