2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive | Consumer Reports

The Nissan Leaf was one of the first all-electric vehicles to come to market. The 2018 redesign has a comfortable ride and standard advanced safety gear. But, the low range from its battery keeps it from being a true competitor among its peers.

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23 Replies to “2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive | Consumer Reports”

  1. Cesar Trujillo

    Great review but I really hope you push charging basics with every ev review. You almost did it. You showed the plug type and talked about full charge. Please remind CR viewers that the slowest outlets work well for most people who only need to top up each night for shorter commutes. A more powerful “dryer” outlet and can boost their daily distance and ability for DC fast chargers help when traveling and serve as a pit stop to get food and break. Maybe toss in that batteries charge faster when they aren’t too low and aren’t too high. If you are the kind of person who likes to stop frequently on road trips to stretch and use the bathroom, you will likely only drive till 20% similar to gas “quarter of a tank” levels when you would DC fast charge to 80 and stop again for another break in another 2 hours of driving. Parents with small kids often stop more frequently. Or you could mention that these make great additional vehicles for families when one person has a shorter commute and that there are EVs that offer twice the range as this one.

    (You are my favorite CR reporter BTW, everyone else on camera are great, but you seem to be the most optimistic)

  2. Dood1es

    We previously leased one and using it 40-50 miles per day, we never had a problem recharging to full overnight with the 110 charger. It's a perfect supplement as a second or third vehicle.

  3. HeavyRayne

    Jesus christ I can't stand the way this this guy talk. The end of every clause is so pointed and aggressive. Also "No proven safety benefit" to semi-autonomous systems? Total bullshit. Even simple AEB has prevented thousands of crashes according to the NHTSA. That's why it will be required from 2022 onward.

  4. Shawn Vanden

    In everything in life, the "Devil is in the Details"

    Tesla's ground up, & perpetually evolving doctrine manufacturing it's car's will cause it's competitors to be lacking. Everything from Software updates on the go, to responding to Customer Feedback/Complaints.

    Tesla responds/improves iterations often. Other Car Manufactures do not practice the same vigilance, lacking Tesla's mantra of perpetual improvement.

  5. Barry W

    There is no such thing as a “60 kW” battery. As it turns out, the new Leaf pack will be 62 kWh. Consumer Reports loses credibility when it can’t accurately articulate car specifications. kW is the unit to measure power (motor power is measured in kW). kWh is the unit to measure energy ( battery pack capacity is measured in kWh). Please use the correct units in the future. Thanks!

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