Significantly improved range; lower price; more standard equipment; ePedal; handsome styling and user-friendly cabin
Range still relegates it to basically an around-town commuter; most safety/driver-assist technologies aren't available on the entry-level trim
The Leaf is completely redesigned.
In terms of basics, for the price, we think the 2018 Nissan Leaf S grade is nicely equipped. Most of the standard gear added by moving up to the SL, though, has to do with entertainment and connectivity. If these things are important to you, the SL is the better choice. Plus, you can then opt for another couple of driver-assist technologies that you just can't get on the entry-level car.
The S ($30,875) comes standard with hill-start assist, e-Pedal, 16-inch steel wheels, power outboard mirrors, a 6-way manually adjusted driver's seat, a trip computer, cruise control, push-button start, power windows, power door locks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12-volt power outlet, automatic climate control, a backup camera, hands-free text messaging, six airbags, a security system with immobilizer, automatic emergency braking and a 4-speaker audio system with a USB port, 5-in color display, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio capability. Options include heated outboard mirrors, a quick charge port, front heated seats and cargo cover.
The SV ($33,375) builds on the S-grade content, adding the quick charge port, 17-in alloy wheels, fog lights, upgraded 6-speaker audio system with HD radio, NissanConnect EV remote vehicle connection, intelligent cruise control and Nissan ConnectSM with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7-in color display and voice recognition. Options include an electronic parking brake, rear cargo cover, a heated steering wheel, heated outboard mirrors, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, high beam assist, an 8-way power driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, ProPILOT Assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and intelligent lane intervention.
The SVL ($37,085) adds standard features like a heated steering wheel, heated outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, an 8-way power driver's seat, leather seats, front heated seats, a 6-speaker Bose Premium audio system with 7-in color display, rear cargo cover, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 360-degree around-view monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and Intelligent Driver Alertness. Options include SV safety/driver assistance options not made standard, plus an electronic parking brake.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric -- With an estimated range of up to 124 miles and the highest EV fuel economy in the industry (150 MPGe city/122 MPGe highway), this car is an ideal inner-city commuter.
2018 Volkswagen e-Golf -- With an entry-level price close to the Leaf's, this EV has less estimated range (125 miles), but is classified as a compact rather than a midsize as the Leaf is. But it offers VW driving dynamics in an EV.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt -- You can't have an EV discussion and not mention the Bolt. Bigger than the Leaf with a buy-in price measurably higher than the Leaf's, it has an estimated range of 238 miles.
2018 Tesla 3 Long Range -- Quickly becoming the white whale of EVs, these cars aren't exactly flying out of the factory, but the Tesla 3 Long Range (the only 3 currently available) does post an estimated range of 310 miles, but at a starting price about $15,000 more than the Leaf.