2018 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2018 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test

New Updates


2018 Nissan Leaf: Wrap-Up

by Edmunds

2018 Nissan Leaf

Our editors offer their thoughts after spending a year with a 2018 Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the electric pioneer.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for February 2019

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf is nearing the end of its stay with us. It's yet to breach 10,000 miles, which is half of what we strive to achieve after a year of use. Its low odometer count isn't altogether surprising given the Leaf's electric powertrain.

Really, the issue is equal parts range and charging infrastructure or lack thereof. This area is one that Tesla has an indisputably huge lead. Other manufacturers really need to get on the ball in deploying high-speed charging across this great land if their EVs are to have any hope of tapping into their latent popularity, regardless of how terrific the cars themselves are.

Yes, the argument that EVs are most often charged at home is valid and true, but it is inescapable that consumers will nevertheless balk at dropping many tens of thousands of dollars on a vehicle that they perceive to have a fundamental limitation in its driving envelope.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for January 2019

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
If you're a regular reader of our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf updates, you can probably predict the words that follow this sentence: The little electric runabout was tasked with commute duty for most of January.

That may sound repetitive, but we think this usage pattern of getting editors to and from the office likely represents how a typical buyer would use the Leaf almost exclusively.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for December 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf continues in its role as a local runabout. It clocked a few hundred miles in December, largely serving commuting duty. Some cars are cut out for track use. Others are tailored for off-road use. For the Leaf, there's simply no other role outside of commuting for which this car is best suited.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for November 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
As a battery-electric vehicle with modest range, our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf will always be among the last choices for a trip of any significant distance. It's an ideal commuter, though, and continues to serve well in that capacity. We added roughly 1,000 miles of around-town use in November.

It's worth noting that a longer-range Nissan Leaf will soon be available. Whether this new version's inevitable higher price sours the Leaf's value proposition is something we're keen to watch. After all, a Leaf has an economy-car vibe.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for October 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf took a hiatus in October from its usual routine. Instead, it served duty for a colleague within the larger Edmunds employ, something that happens from time to time. It's a great way for folks outside of the editorial group to stay current (no pun intended) with the cars that we test.

The Leaf accumulated more than 1,000 miles in October and continues to tick along without raising any kind of fuss. And if you've ever seen the film The 40-Year-Old Virgin, well, this month somebody put a bike in it.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
It comes as no surprise that we did not drive our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf to the farthest reaches of this great land in September. We did, however, generate more thoughts on this little electric vehicle's attributes in our day-to-day seat time commuting from various areas within the Los Angeles basin.

It's been insightful to gather reactions from neophyte drivers of electric vehicles (EVs), too. On two occasions this month, we heard objections to heavy regenerative braking effect. This was not in reference to the Leaf specifically, although its max deceleration effect via E-pedal is similar to that of other EVs. But we've also heard the opposite from experienced EV owners. They rave about the one-pedal driving that heavy regen (like E-pedal) facilitates.

We're in the latter camp. One-pedal driving rules. It will, apparently, take some time for those consumers who are new to the experience to adjust. But they'll come around. Eventually.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf has little choice but to remain a local runabout. This situation is not unique to the Leaf and will remain the case for nearly all EVs until a comprehensive network of fast EV chargers is deployed in sufficient numbers. August was no exception when the Leaf continued to serve as local transport and grocery-fetcher for our editors.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
With only 150 miles of range, you won't see us taking any long road trips in our 2018 Nissan Leaf. We are, however, using it for what it does best: commuting. Whether apartment hunting, traveling to a community theater, or running around to and from work, it does the job well. We've also learned that ProPilot Assist is a wonderful feature for those gridlocked trips home.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Nissan Leaf spent all of June handling commuting duty. We've found that most potential EV owners fixate on the Leaf's lack of range compared to its competitors. But fixating on the one odd road trip they'll take every few months rather than how they'll use the car 95 percent of the time is counterproductive. Meanwhile, the Leaf has dutifully shuttled our editors to and fro without any issues while welcoming converts to the electric mobility fold.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
The 2018 Nissan Leaf joined our long-term fleet in late March, but this is the first monthly update. I'm not sure what happened to the April update, but hey, it's an imperfect world and things sometimes fall through the cracks. Our Leaf hasn't gone anywhere outside of the typical staff commutes, which is what you'd expect from a fairly new EV addition. Perhaps some brave soul will travel outside of the Southern California comfort zone soon. Stay tuned.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Introduction

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2018 Nissan Leaf

We added an all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf to our long-term fleet to see if its new 151-mile range can calm our range anxiety.

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