2018 Nissan LEAF Hatchback

City mpg:
125
Highway mpg:
100

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Nissan LEAF Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Nissan LEAF S include 147hp engine 1-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 16" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Nissan
LEAF Hatchback

Starting at: $29,990

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    Financing Offer : 0.0% APR for 72 months on select Nissan LEAF models

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    • Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.0% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 72 monthly payments of $13.89 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 0.0% for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $41.67 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $27.78 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $25.64 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $23.81 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $20.83 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 60 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $16.67 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine horsepower - 147hp @ 3,282RPM
  • Engine torque - 236 lb.-ft. @ RPM
  • GVWR - 2,020kg (4,453lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,481mm (176.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,791mm (70.5")
  • Exterior height - 1,560mm (61.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,700mm (106.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,069mm (42.1")
  • Rear legroom - 851mm (33.5")
  • Front headroom - 1,046mm (41.2")
  • Rear headroom - 947mm (37.3")
  • Front hiproom - 1,313mm (51.7")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,270mm (50.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,379mm (54.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,334mm (52.5")
  • Passenger volume - 2,616L (92.4 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 668 L (24 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 850 L (30 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Horsepower - 147hp @ 3,282RPM
  • Torque - 236 lb.-ft. @ RPM
  • Engine location - front
  • Hybrid electric powertrain type - electric only
  • Hybrid traction battery capacity (kWh) - 40
  • Hybrid traction battery all electric range - 151 miles
  • Recommended fuel - Electric
  • Transmission - 1 speed automatic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 112mpge
  • Fuel economy city - 125mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 100mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 205/55HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/55HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear - RearView Monitor yes

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  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
S 2018 Nissan LEAF Hatchback S Search New $29,990   147-hp 0.0L 0-cyl  1-spd auto  125 / 100  
SV 2018 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SV Search New $32,490   147-hp 0.0L 0-cyl  1-spd auto  125 / 100  
SL 2018 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SL Search New $36,200   147-hp 0.0L 0-cyl  1-spd auto  125 / 100  

Reviews

Driving Impression

Editor:
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Entirely calm and quiet, the Leaf can accelerate more quickly than an economy car with an engine. There’s less drama, but also less excitement. At least less visceral excitement. Being rapidly whooshed can be exciting too.

It silently accelerates from zero to sixty in less than 10 seconds, and can go 90 mph, although not for 150 miles. That’s easily quick enough to keep up with traffic. It’s easy to drive, although boring.

The new lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor bring a huge boost in power and acceleration, with in increase in horsepower from 107 to 147, and an increase in torque from 187 pound-feet to 236 pound-feet. The Leaf had good acceleration before, and now it’s even stronger. It’s especially improved between 40 and 70 mph, important because that’s the passing speed on two-lane highways.

At speeds above about 50 mph, the steering gets heavier, as if the car were pushing into headwind, which is exactly what’s happening with wind drag, so the range drops like a stone.

The accelerator pedal demands a lot of pressure to get all the way down. It’s a deliberate design, to discourage the driver from using up precious energy and range.

Eco mode cuts power by 10 percent to increase the range, but it often feels like more. When you floor it, it snaps out of Eco and gives what you ask, all the juice it’s got.

A plug-in electric heater keeps the battery warm overnight in winter.

One thing that will be a joy to city drivers, which is most of them because an electric car is a city car, is the tiny turning circle of 17 feet. Easy to make a U-turn to snag that parking space on the opposite side of the street, like they do all the time in San Francisco.

The regenerative braking is tuned to feel like an automatic transmission. There’s a B mode, which increases the regeneration to feel like engine braking. B mode theoretically brings you more range, because it keeps the battery charge higher and longer; but it requires more concentration from the driver, so allow for that aggressive braking.

The deep-mounted battery pack lowers the center of gravity, so the balance is good, and there’s no body roll during cornering, but neither is there much feedback or feel in the steering. Hard cornering isn’t what the Leaf is all about anyhow, nor is that something Leaf owners are likely to engage in, on their way home from the library. However, it is a tall car on small wheels, so it’s sensitive to side winds.

Overall, the Leaf’s handling and roadholding are adequate, but hardly engaging; driven aggressively, it’s disappointing, with numb steering and little feedback. The driver feels removed. But on the upside, the turning circle is a shockingly small 17 feet.

Walk Around

Editor:
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Inconspicuous, the 2018 Leaf looks like any other five-door compact hatchback. It looks like other Nissans. You have to spot the trap door on the nose for the electric plug to realize what it is.

Interior Overview

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One strong feature of the Leaf that it has the interior space of a midsize car in its compact exterior package. It will seat four comfortably, and five without much effort, thanks to careful mounting of the battery pack deep under the rear seat.

Inside, the only thing that gives away its electric being is the drive selector, shaped like a mushroom. The Leaf starts with a button and goes into gear with a mouse. But then it gets electric, and comes to life. The digital displays are dazzling. A screen in the center of the dash displays range, maps, energy use, nearby recharging points, and more.

Since an electric car has no engine to drown out the road noise, a well-isolated cabin is critical. A special detail in the Leaf is its exclusive silent windshield wipers; engineers tried using the wipers from a luxury Infiniti, but they were too loud.

Summary

Editor:
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The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a winner. A major improvement over the previous model, it’s faster, has more range, and it costs less. It even looks like a regular car.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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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.

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