Review: 2018 Nissan LEAF

Drivers in the greater Richmond area who want a new electric car should visit Valley Nissan in Staunton to test drive the 2018 Nissan LEAF.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that buyers will save $4,000 over five years in fuel costs alone when they purchase the LEAF (not to mention the tax credits) so it's a great value in addition to being ecologically responsible.

See our full review below, then visit us in Staunton to take Nissan's top-selling electric car for a ride.

Electric Powertrain and Fuel Economy

You'll never need to stop at the pump in your new LEAF because it's powered by a 110-kW AC synchronous motor with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Zero Emissions Vehicle has a 6.6-kW onboard charger and includes a portable charging cable so you can plug it in on the go. Upper trims also feature a Quick Charge Port to give your LEAF a boost of energy in a snap.

The 2018 LEAF gets 112 MPGe, according to the U.S. DOE, has a total range of 151 miles. In the city, you can expect to get 125 MPGe while highway drivers get up to 100 MPGe.

Comfort and Convenience

The LEAF lineup includes the following trims: S, SV, and SL. The S trim comes standard with cloth seating and a 60/40 split-folding rear bench, and available with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The SV trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the option for an 8-way power driver's seat with two-way lumbar support. The highest trim includes all mentioned features standard, plus leather-appointed seats.

All trims feature Nissan Intelligent Key, automatic temperature control, tilting steering column, and steering wheel-mounted controls with cruise control. Available features include under-seat heating ducts, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated HomeLink universal transceiver.

Entertainment and Technology

The Nissan LEAF comes standard with a 7-inch information display, 5-inch color display, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, hands-free text assistant, a RearView Monitor, Sirius XM Radio, Radio Data System, and auxiliary and USB input.

The LEAF SV is standard equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Nissan Navigation with voice recognition, Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, Intelligent Cruise Control, 6-speaker audio, and HD Radio.

Upgrade to the highest trim and get a near-luxury experience. The LEAF SL comes equipped with all features that come standard or available on the lower trims. Additionally, it has an Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and the Bose Energy Efficient Series Premium Audio with seven speakers.


Starting at $29,990 MSRP