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2018 Nissan Leaf Ownership: New vs. Old

If you’re looking for information on a newer Nissan Leaf, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Nissan Leaf Review

As a former Leaf owner, getting into this new generation Leaf feels very familiar. Yet, the 2018 Nissan Leaf seems more like an evolution than an all-new version. I recently had a chance to spend some time with our long-term Nissan Leaf.

Similar, Yet Different

When you get in, you’re greeted with the same fluffy floor mats that are in the past model. Then you sit down in the still very comfortable seat, but with leather, which our SL trim is equipped with. The “bow-tie” HVAC buttons are exactly the same, and the infotainment system is updated but still very familiar. The biggest difference is that there are knobs instead of buttons to adjust the volume/channels. Obviously, there are some great new interior features. There’s the flat-bottom sport steering wheel that’s better for driving and looks more attractive than it did previously. The new 7-inch gauge cluster screen is brighter and provides a great deal of information about how your Leaf is working. See the 2018 Nissan Leaf models for sale near you

Driving and Range

When I started to drive our new Leaf, it felt like I was driving my 2013 model. It’s still fast off the line and provides a comfortable ride on the highway. It now comes standard with e-Pedal, which is great in traffic or when you need to conserve your range. Of course, it has more range than the previous generation, but I did still feel some range anxiety during my drives. It may take a few more trips to get over that, but it’s nice to drive home and see that I have 80 percent range left. Before, I’d have about 40 percent range left. The exterior is updated to be more aerodynamic and look more like the current Nissan lineup. I think the updated exterior should help with range, too.

Overall, from the interior to the driving experience, the 2018 Nissan Leaf feels very similar to my old one but improved in all the right areas. I’m excited to spend more time in the new Leaf and enjoy the expanded range.

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Dwight Cunningham
Dwight Cunningham is an automotive author specializing in new cars, classic cars, and the electric vehicle market. He has worked in the automotive industry in sales and purchasing and enjoys helping others thru the purchasing process.

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  1. How long do you drive to have 40% power left on your 2013?  I have a 30 minute drive on the interstate each way…

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