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1.9

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2.4

The Leaf's forte is short errands, where its linear power delivery and single-speed transmission take all the tedium out of stop-and-go traffic.
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Trips to lunch and nearby errands are easy and even occasionally pleasant, given the serenity of the low-noise propulsion system and the no-shift, always-on power delivery.
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The Nissan LEAF is an all-electric five-passenger, five-door compact hatchback that has established itself as the world's best selling electric car.

The LEAF is powered by an 110kW (147-hp) electric motor and 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack giving it a range of approximately 150 miles. The LEAF doesn't sacrifice features for efficiency either, available features include heated front seats, heated steering wheel, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, Intelligent keyless entry with push button start, LED headlights, automatic climate control, 60/40 folding rear seats and cruise control. Safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring with Easy-Fill Tire Alert and dynamic stability control, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, High Beam Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Driver Attention Alert and ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous cruise control.

The LEAF has been completely redesigned inside and out for 2018.

Introduction

The Nissan Leaf, a five-door compact hatchback, has been redesigned and re-engineered for 2018.The 2018 Leaf features a new body, new interior, more safety features, and a lower price.More important, it boasts a new battery pack providing increased range and quicker acceleration.The world's best-selling electric car is a whole lot better for 2018.

Its range is estimated at 150 miles, increased by a giant leap of 43 miles over the previous version.

That's still nowhere near the 234-mile range of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, but the Bolt costs $7000 more than the Leaf.Other electric rivals include Ford Focus, Hyundai Ioniq, and Volkswagen e-Golf, with ranges of 114 to 125 miles.But those three are only sold in some parts of the U.S., while the Leaf and Bolt are available everywhere.The Leaf is built in Tennessee.

The EPA rates the 2018 Leaf in MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent.It gets 124 MPGe city, 101 MPGe Highway, and 112 MPGe Combined.

Lineup

The 2018 Nissan Leaf S ($29,990) comes with heated seats front and rear, heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, rearview camera, dark nylon upholstery, 16-inch steel wheels and plastic wheel covers, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Leaf SV ($32,490) adds a 7.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, power mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Leaf SL ($36,200) gets leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, and automatic headlamps.Options include a seven-speaker Bose audio system and surround-view cameras.

Walkaround

Inconspicuous, the 2018 Leaf looks like any other five-door compact hatchback.It looks like other Nissans.You have to spot the trap door on the nose for the electric plug to realize what it is.

Interior

One strong feature of the Leaf that it has the interior space of a midsize car in its compact exterior package.It will seat four comfortably, and five without much effort, thanks to careful mounting of the battery pack deep under the rear seat.

Inside, the only thing that gives away its electric being is the drive selector, shaped like a mushroom.The Leaf starts with a button and goes into gear with a mouse.But then it gets electric, and comes to life.The digital displays are dazzling.A screen in the center of the dash displays range, maps, energy use, nearby recharging points, and more.

Since an electric car has no engine to drown out the road noise, a well-isolated cabin is critical.A special detail in the Leaf is its exclusive silent windshield wipers; engineers tried using the wipers from a luxury Infiniti, but they were too loud.

Driving Impression

Entirely calm and quiet, the Leaf can accelerate more quickly than an economy car with an engine.There's less drama, but also less excitement.At least less visceral excitement.Being rapidly whooshed can be exciting too.

It silently accelerates from zero to sixty in less than 10 seconds, and can go 90 mph, although not for 150 miles.That's easily quick enough to keep up with traffic.It's easy to drive, although boring.

The new lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor bring a huge boost in power and acceleration, with in increase in horsepower from 107 to 147, and an increase in torque from 187 pound-feet to 236 pound-feet.The Leaf had good acceleration before, and now it's even stronger.It's especially improved between 40 and 70 mph, important because that's the passing speed on two-lane highways.

At speeds above about 50 mph, the steering gets heavier, as if the car were pushing into headwind, which is exactly what's happening with wind drag, so the range drops like a stone.

The accelerator pedal demands a lot of pressure to get all the way down.It's a deliberate design, to discourage the driver from using up precious energy and range.

Eco mode cuts power by 10 percent to increase the range, but it often feels like more.When you floor it, it snaps out of Eco and gives what you ask, all the juice it's got.

A plug-in electric heater keeps the battery warm overnight in winter.

One thing that will be a joy to city drivers, which is most of them because an electric car is a city car, is the tiny turning circle of 17 feet.Easy to make a U-turn to snag that parking space on the opposite side of the street, like they do all the time in San Francisco.

The regenerative braking is tuned to feel like an automatic transmission.There's a B mode, which increases the regeneration to feel like engine braking.B mode theoretically brings you more range, because it keeps the battery charge higher and longer; but it requires more concentration from the driver, so allow for that aggressive braking.

The deep-mounted battery pack lowers the center of gravity, so the balance is good, and there's no body roll during cornering, but neither is there much feedback or feel in the steering.Hard cornering isn't what the Leaf is all about anyhow, nor is that something Leaf owners are likely to engage in, on their way home from the library.However, it is a tall car on small wheels, so it's sensitive to side winds.

Overall, the Leaf's handling and roadholding are adequate, but hardly engaging; driven aggressively, it's disappointing, with numb steering and little feedback.The driver feels removed.But on the upside, the turning circle is a shockingly small 17 feet.

Summary

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a winner.A major improvement over the previous model, it's faster, has more range, and it costs less.It even looks like a regular car.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimMetal-look
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
First aid kitFirst aid kit
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).28 cD
Angle of Approach16.3 degrees
Angle of Departure25.0 degrees
Front Head Room1,045 mm
Front Hip Room1,313 mm
Front Leg Room1,070 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,378 mm
Front track1,540 mm
Overall height1,560 mm
Overall Length4,480 mm
Overall Width1,790 mm
Rear Head Room946 mm
Rear Hip Room1,271 mm
Rear Leg Room851 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,334 mm
Rear track1,555 mm
Wheelbase2,700 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio8.19
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Engine
Electric Motor Battery TypeLithium ion
Fuel TypeElectric
Horse Power147 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM3,282 RPM
Torque320 Nm
TypeElectric
Vehicle EmissionsZEV
Exterior Features
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City1.9 L/100 km
Combined2.1L/100 kme
Highway2.4 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Fuel TypeElectric
Trans Speeds - VA1
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionMitigation
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Climate controlledHeated
FoldingFold forward seatback
HeatedHeated
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile55
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width205 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds1
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place668 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed849 L
Curb weight1,560 kg
EPA interior volume2,616 L
Gross vehicle weight2,020 kg
Max cargo capacity849 L
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width6.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Limited slip differential
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Heated rear seats
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2018 Nissan LEAF S 4dr Hatchback, , Ontario

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