2018 Nissan Leaf SV Review and Price

We were looking for a nicer family hatchback and always wanted to try an electric car. We got $11k total back in incentives from the dealer, federal tax credit, and state rebates, along with 0% financing for six years, and two years of free public charging from Nissan. The incentives alone made it incredibly attractive, but it’s also a pleasant family car in its own right.

It seats four adults just fine. The seats are comfortable, and the interior materials feel nice in the places you touch, aside from the piano black trim in the center console that is a fingerprint magnet.

We have a fully loaded SL car. The Bose sound system (7 speakers including a subwoofer in the rear) sounds great, the 360 degree camera system is incredibly useful, and the ProPilot lane keeping and radar cruise control system works really well. With your hands resting on the wheel, it will pretty much drive itself on major freeways, including curves. It really excels at stop-and-go rush hour traffic.

The range really is 150 miles, and for a suburban family, that’s plenty for a day’s errands or a short weekend trip. That said, we do have a level 2 charger at home, so we can fully charge from 0-100% in about 6 hours. Our area also has a robust EV charging network, and the Nissan free charging card covers nearly ever one of them, including the DC fast chargers. Before you buy, use the PlugShare app to check out the charging networks in your area, and if those companies are supported under Nissan’s program. All of the major ones are, but best to check.


EPA Classification  Mid-Size Cars
MPG/MPGe  100 Highway / 125 City
Transmission  Automatic
Drive Train  Front Wheel Drive
Seating  5
Horsepower  147
Battery Range  151 mi
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