The New Nissan Leaf Is Normal – And That’s Good

I’ll be honest, I didn’t like the original Nissan Leaf. I never drove one, but just the way they looked and the idea around them annoyed me. They were too different, too new, and just too much. But since then the Leaf has been redesigned, and oh how the tables have turned.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf has an electric motor and a 1 speed transmission, which is good for around 151 miles of range between charges. What surprised me was the torque. Electric motors have instant torque, and you certainly feel it in the leaf. The one speed transmission felt fine, I didn’t really notice anything out of the ordinary. The new Leaf has a feature that allows you to drive with one pedal, where when you press the pedal you accelerate and when you’re off it the car decelerates.


The interior was rather bland, with no major features to boast about. It had heated seats which is a nice feature for the winter months here in the Midwest, but that’s really it.


I mentioned above that the leaf was redesigned, and I think it’s the best thing to ever happen to the Leaf. Before, the leaf was ugly and never really fit in. But now, the Leaf looks like a normal car, and that’s so important. Being normal, fitting in, is sometimes overlooked. When an auto manufacturer builds a new car, they want to stop the presses and shock the world with their latest and greatest creation. But that’s not always necessary, and can sometimes even hurt the car. That’s what happened to the first gen Leaf: It was overhyped. The new leaf wasn’t hyped at all, and that’s what makes it so great.


I really liked the leaf, and for someone who mostly does their business in town, it’s a perfect car for them. If I had the means, I would be interested in getting a Leaf. It’s an easy way to get into the EV world without paying an arm and a leg.

Written by Zack Pradel