The Nissan LEAF has scratched the seven-year-itch with a fresh new design in 2018. The current most popular electric vehicle has a 150-mile range, and there’s another contributor to its popularity—it’s extremely affordable.
Nissan has made a car that’s environment-friendly, loaded it with leading-edge technology, and actually made it attainable to a wide demographic. Seriously, how’s that for a concept. The base model, the 2018 Nissan LEAF S, comes with a starting MSRP of $29,990*, which, after federal tax credits on qualifying vehicles, can get as low as $22,490*, which is winning on so many levels.
Possibly the biggest news for the Nissan LEAF in 2018 is the availability of ProPILOT Assist. This is the semi-autonomous technology that can come to the aid of drivers—in a major way. With it you can keep pace with the car in front of you, by setting a preferred distance in-between your car and theirs. Only problem that comes to mind with this would be to make sure you’re not behind an erratic driver—because then there’d be two of you on the road! Moral of the story: select your desired target wisely. ProPILOT assist also monitors your driving to keep you in your lane and helps you come to a stop, when needed.
Equally compelling is the 150-mile range. This addresses one of the main pain points people have had with 100 percent electric vehicles: they require too many stops to charge. When you consider most commuters fall below the 150-mile round trip commute, the fact that you can go an entire day without having to dock and charge should be a real gamechanger for the Nissan LEAF. You’ll also get:
* 40 kWh lithium ion battery
* 110 kW AC synchronous electric motor
* 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque
* Faster charge sessions
* Standard Automatic Emergency Braking
* A new look that includes a signature floating roof and translucent blue grille
* Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility (with LEAF SV)
The all-new Nissan LEAF should be rolling into showrooms anytime soon. Don’t want to wait? You can contact your local AutoNation Nissan dealership to reserve yours today.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.