2018 Nissan Leaf SL Car Review

The original Nissan Leaf brought the electric car to the masses. Generation two offers buyers significantly better range and more mainstream design. Tom Voelk travels to Las Vegas to drive an SL model and figure out if 150 miles of range is enough when Chevy’s Bolt EV covers 238. There’s also a quick look at ProPilot Assist, Nissan’s “hands on” driver assistance system.




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About Tom:
Tom Voelk is an award-winning automotive contributor to The New York Times. His podcast was the first to win an Emmy Award. He also married way out of his league. Now, stop reading this promotional copy bragging about Tom’s photography and editing skills and watch a couple episodes. It’s much more interesting.

29 Replies to “2018 Nissan Leaf SL Car Review”

  1. mavric 101

    Hehe this thing cost more than a freezing Audi in my country if it was cheeper hell yes and even worse Nissan what so ever doesn't provide any support no warrenty nothing your drive terrain fails or battery fails your stranded.

  2. Gus Johnson

    Nice slot car, but it do the real stuff? run for 500 mile before tup up? 10 minutes a fuel pump, and go again, um nup..
    Also, oil is pumped, then re-fined into fuel, 2 things to do, look at how many ships, move around, to create a Battery, "Glad i aint paying"

  3. FutureSystem738

    No thermal battery management = no go in warm and hot climates. Why did they omit this to save money?
    It’s like making an ICE car with a seriously undersize radiator, just dumb.

    Apart from fast charge problems even in cold climates, this car will have major battery overheat problems in hotter climates, which means battery degradation.

  4. Mark

    BMW i3 has had this Technology Since 2014 : Regen-Braking in 3 modes (Comfort,Eco,Eco+ and Friction Braking if battery if in high state of charge done autonomously) i3 is a more expensive vehicle due to Carbon Reinforced Plastic construction, light weight and zero metal body panels to go rusty and interior. The Pro-Pilot concept I think is a gimmick and people will want to have hands always in wheel and it's annoying to be prompted every 1-2 mins to hand on again "
    I think the outgoing model looks MUCH BETTER and Space-Age design will prove Nissan had it right, right from the start > they succumbed to public pressure to blend in more, main stream, with the design which in time will prove they were wrong : They should have stayed strong to being bold and standing out with a good EV design : generation one design

  5. David Norris

    I drove one this weekend. I was very impressed. It comes off as a car. It seems a bit bigger than the Bolt. The seat and headroom for the driver is better. The one I drove had a power seat. It handled well, had good acceleration. It was an impressive machine. All in all, in terms of creature comforts, it is better than the Bolt. As far as the Model 3 is concerned, I have never been able to drive or even sit in one. So, I can't comment about it other than to say the competition is coming

  6. Mike K

    I have the first generation LEAF, and it is the best car I have EVER owned, (and I have had 13 ICE cars). Costs nothing to own… no maintenance, and I charge for free at work. Doesn't get much better than that. I'm tempted to get this new gen LEAF, but there is nothing wrong with my old one… I think the thing will last forever.

  7. jm watches

    Great review, as always. There's a lot to like about this car . . . Nissan is clearly spending generous R&D, and it shows. The forthcoming SL model, with its' greater range, will be their icing on the cake. Also, compact hatchbacks (that can truly seat five people) make popular UBER & Lyft vehicles.

  8. johnny mars

    Car is pretty ugly from the front view.  150 miles makes sense for me, but only at a reduced price.  I used to charging my Volt overnight, every night, and I get about 40 miles on a charge, with no range anxiety due to a gas motor backup charger.  I like the Leaf's auto safety features, but I want them built-in and not optional.

  9. johnny mars

    It's smart NOT to drive and make videos.  Thanks, Tia!  You have made the world safer for the rest of us.  Most of the other knucklehead reviewers drive and talk – THAT'S DISTRACTED DRIVING!  Wes Cooley at CNET is a prime example.

  10. tanbrolo

    I'm confused about the DC Quick Charge port. At 3:15, it's said that SV and SL models get a Quick Charge port. The dealer tells me that the S model also includes Quick Charge. Can anyone confirm? PS – I'm in Canada if that makes a difference

  11. eb1888

    We'll see if the 60kWh version lacks active thermal battery management. Because it'll use a completely different battery I think it will have the same system as the Bolt and likely the upcoming Kia Niro ev using LG Chem components. Tesla also includes active thermal management. And one other – Nissan in the newest NV200ev 40 kWh van. Same battery as the new Leaf but what gives?

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