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2018 Nissan Leaf Ownership: Long-Term Introduction

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author photo by Tara Trompeter March 2018

When Chevrolet came out with the Bolt EV for the 2017 model year, our editorial team couldn't help but be excited to see how Nissan would step up its game with the all-electric 2018 Nissan Leaf to better compete. Lucky for everyone, Nissan came to play. We got our first look at the redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf back in September of last year, and we walked away majorly impressed. So when Nissan offered us the chance to live with one for the next year, we quickly agreed.

Our Leaf

There are three trim levels of the new Nissan Leaf to choose from: S, SV and SL. S is the base version, which starts at around $30,000, while the top-of-the-line SL trim starts at a little over $36,000. We're testing the SL version with the Technology Package ($650), splash guards ($190), premium paint ($395 for a beautiful burgundy called Scarlett Ember) and carpeted floor and cargo area mats ($190), resulting in a grand total of $38,510 before any local, state or federal tax credits.

Our Leaf has tons of comfort and convenience features, like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a portable charge cable (120 V/240 V), Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor, a 7-speaker Bose audio system and light gray leather seats (with heated front seats), plus exterior features like 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and daytime running lights. As for safety features, our Leaf SL has blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, plus Nissan's ProPILOT Assist driver assistance technology. This includes Intelligent Cruise Control and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

What's the Range?

The 2018 Leaf has an EPA estimated range of 151 miles. Not quite the Chevy Bolt's 238 miles of range, but still a 40 percent increase over the last generation.

The new Leaf also offers something called e-Pedal technology, which Nissan claims will "transform the driving experience." In layman's terms, this new tech allows you to drive with only one pedal. Press down to accelerate and ease off to slow down, all with the same fluid motion. We're excited to try this and see exactly how it works compared to traditional 2-pedal driving.

We'll have the 2018 Nissan Leaf in our editorial test fleet for the next year, and we're really looking forward to seeing what it's like to own a Leaf for an extended period of time. We'll be using it on our daily commutes, weekend baseball practice with the kids and maybe even a short road trip or two to really test that range.

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