2018 Nissan Leaf
2018 Nissan Leaf pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Leaf does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
Though the Nissan Leaf has received incremental changes over its lifetime, 2018 brings the most comprehensive rework of the car to date. The new car's styling is a complete departure from the previous Leaf, although under the skin the cars are very similar aside from the larger battery capacity and additional power. For a detailed look at these changes, please see our 2018 Nissan Leaf First Drive article.
The Leaf hasn't become more expensive in the bargain. In fact, the new car is actually less costly than the outgoing model when you factor in the differences in feature content. As such, it offers more range for the same price as other similar EVs, such as the Volkswagen e-Golf. Only the more expensive Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 offer more driving range.
Other advantages to the 2018 Leaf include its new e-pedal mode and a new suite of advanced driver assist features called ProPilot Assist. The e-pedal delivers stronger regenerative braking when you lift off the accelerator, making it easier to slow the car appreciably without requiring you to apply the brake pedal.
On the downside, the Leaf's interior isn't particularly stylish, and the rear seats don't fold completely flat, hurting utility. Overall, though, we think the 2018 Leaf is a great pick for an electric vehicle, especially if value is a priority.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Nissan Leaf as one of Edmunds' Best Electric Cars for this year.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is available in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. As the lowest trim level, the S is a bit bare-bones, at least as electric mobility goes. But you can add the optional Charge package for quicker recharging. Otherwise, it's still a very functional car since it comes with all the range and performance of the other trim levels. The SV adds the Charge package and navigation as standard, but it still doesn't beat the S if value is paramount. The top-level SL adds leather seats, LED headlights, and a host of comfort features that might edge out the S for those folks who prefer a pampered electrified ride.
All three trim levels feature the same suspension and powertrain, and they differ mainly in infotainment, creature comforts and wheel choices.
Our choice, the S, comes with 16-inch steel wheels, a 110-kW electric motor (147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque), keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, a 5-inch central display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio. Forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking is also standard.
The optional Charge package includes a DC fast-charger port (CHAdeMO standard) and a portable charge cable capable of connecting to 120- and 240-volt sources.
The SV comes with the Charge package, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and NissanConnect, Nissan's web connectivity and remote-access system.
Optional for the SV is the SV Technology package. It adds a power-adjustable driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED headlights and running lights, automatic high beams, an electronic parking brake, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, and adaptive cruise control.
Also optional for the S and SV is an All Weather package with heated side mirrors, heated seats and steering wheel, and heat pump cabin heater (SV only).
As the top model, the SL adds the All Weather package and a few of the features from the SV's Technology package (power driver seat, auto-dimming mirror, LED lighting, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert). Also standard are leather upholstery and a Bose seven-speaker sound system. Optional for this trim only is the SL Technology package that adds the remaining SV Technology features plus Nissan ProPilot Assist, which provides additional lane-keeping assist functionality.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation4
Audio & navigation4
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Leaf safety features:
- ProPilot Assist
- Keeps the car centered within your lane in order to reduce driver fatigue.
- Advanced Airbag System
- The front airbags adjust inflation rate based on crash severity, and side bags adjust based on seat position, helping to minimize injury.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Detects an imminent forward collision. Can warn the driver and automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
2018 Nissan Leaf for Sale
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is an affordable and easy-to-use electric vehicle, and the revisions made for 2018 make it more competitive in a variety of areas. Its performance and range jumped up heartily, while its additional driver assistance features bring it into the modern era. By offering tailored packages and minimal options, Nissan made the Leaf easy and convenient to configure.
Those trim levels are the S, SV and SL, and the 2018 model year brings them closer together than ever before. All Leafs have the same 147-horsepower motor and 40-kWh battery pack providing an estimated 150 miles of range plus the same basic interior and exterior, and they now all have the same 6.6-kWh charger.
The S trim features Bluetooth, a USB port for smartphone connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and keyless entry and ignition. Both SV and SL trims add to those features alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and a built-in 7-inch navigation system.
NissanConnect EV is also standard on SV and SL trims, and it allows you to control charging and climate control systems from your smartphone when your Leaf is plugged into a charger. The Charge package is standard for these trims, and it increases charge speeds by incorporating a high-speed Level 3 DC charge port. The Charge package is optional on the standard S trim, and we strongly advise getting it.
Differences between the SV and SL are primarily comfort- and convenience-oriented: The SV wraps the seats in a special fabric, and the SL features leather. The SL adds a power driver seat, LED headlights, Bose premium audio, and heated front seats, outside mirrors and steering wheel.
All new Leaf buyers are eligible to receive a federal tax credit, and additional rebates are often offered at the state level. Let Edmunds help you navigate the electric vehicle field to find the best 2018 Nissan Leaf for you.
2018 Nissan Leaf Overview
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD).
What do people think of the 2018 Nissan Leaf?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Nissan Leaf and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Leaf 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Leaf.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Nissan Leaf and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Leaf featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Nissan Leaf?
2018 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
The 2018 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,860. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $8,818 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,818 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,042.
The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is23.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 3 2018 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Nissan Leaf S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
The 2018 Nissan Leaf S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,685. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Leaf S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $6,737 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,737 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,948.
The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Leaf S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is20% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2018 Nissan Leaf S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
The 2018 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,385. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $9,301 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $9,301 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,084.
The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is27.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 36 2018 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
Which 2018 Nissan Leafs are available in my area?
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Nissan Leaf?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.