2018 Nissan Leaf Exterior

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The 2018 Leaf offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2018 Leaf New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2018 Leaf offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.

Driving range is up big time. The 2018 Leaf is expected to deliver an EPA-rated range of 150 miles per charge. Nissan says that lands the Leaf in a sweet spot between so-called compliance EVs—low-cost electrics with relatively limited range that manufacturers produce to meet certain regulations—and Chevrolet’s Bolt EV and Tesla’s Model 3, both of which offer greater than 200 miles of range but at a higher cost. Among the compliance cars, which include the Ford Focus Electric, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, and the Kia Soul EV, the Volkswagen e-Golf’s 125-mile range comes closest to the Leaf’s. And, for 2019, there’s a Leaf+ model coming with a 60.0-kWh pack and a range above 200 miles.

2018 Leaf Review

A lower price and more equipment are great, but the rest of the changes Nissan made to the Leaf are worthy of equal, if not more, attention. The compact electric hatchback is better than the original in every way, despite reusing its predecessor’s platform. The battery’s greater capacity is extracted from more energy-dense cells that fit in the same underfloor volume as the previous-generation Leaf’s 30.0-kWh pack, preserving interior space. Crash-test requirements that didn’t exist when the first Leaf went on sale seven years ago dictated some high-strength steel be blended into the front structure; those and other stiffening measures increase the Leaf’s actual and perceived solidity. And the new bodywork abandons the old Leaf’s amorphous-blob look for a more mature, mainstream appearance with blacked-out C-pillars and a “floating” roof design.

8 Photos of the 2018 Nissan Leaf Exterior

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