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4 Mixed Feedback About The 2018 Nissan Leaf Including Price Drop and Design

Yesterday when I shared the story about the 13 updates that come with the 2018 Nissan Leaf our discussion received 4 mixed feedback from current Leaf owners, one even pitying anyone who bought the 2017 Nissan Leaf at a full retail price.


I shared my story Nissan Actually Made 13 Welcome Updates To The 2018 Leaf in Nissan Leaf Owners Facebook Group and got these 4 replies from current Nissan Leaf owners.

Eric G Miller Concerned With Battery
I have owned a Nissan Leaf for 2.5 years and really enjoy it. However, it feels like Nissan is falling behind. Worst part is the battery, which still seems to lose capacity in the heat (Ours went from 95% to 88% SOH last summer). As much as I have enjoyed the car and Nissan seems to have made some interesting innovations I worry about battery issues and lack of range. I just got a Bolt and in line for a Tesla Model 3 later this year. When our Leaf lease is up it will be returned.

Chris Leung Likes The ProPilot and e-Pedal
I got to test drive the new 2018 Nissan Leaf a few weeks ago and the improvements are pretty awesome. I really liked the ProPilot and e-Pedal. Those alone made it a huge improvement over my 2016 base model. The range was not that big of a bump though when compared to Chevy Bolt.

Tasha Millspaugh Thinks 2018 Leaf Looks More Sporty
E-pedal makes it seem like a bumper car. I am excited it looks more sporty. I am wondering if they fixed that massive a-piller blind spot.

Richard Zimmer Says Design Is Goofy, But Likes Pricing Improvement
I think the "floating roof" is a design fad that will fall flat as people realize how fake it is. It is nice that the price dropped a little from 2017 model, despite the across-the-board improvements. Pity anyone who bought a new 2017 at full retail price as their vehicle value dropped all-the-faster, and to a similar effect all first-generation Leaves. I still think the design looks goofy. I am waiting to see how Tesla Model 3 turns out with reliability as supply catches up to demand.

I am kind of intrigued by the last reply. Do you think those people who paid a full retail price for the 2017 Leaf got their vehicles quickly depreciated because of the slightly cheaper price of the 2018 Leaf? Please share your opinion in the comments section below. I think Nissan will give them some incentives with batteries. For example, buyers of the new Nissan LEAF in Japan can get a free solar array, reports Nissan Motor Corporation. What do you think? If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers.


Bill (not verified)    January 4, 2018 - 3:01PM

How many people paid full price for a 2017? I thought sales were pretty slow until they offered a $10k discount?

Joe (not verified)    January 4, 2018 - 3:03PM

I got my 2017 Nissan Leaf for $16,000 after all the rebates. Lease for 0 down $199 a month and can buy it in 3 years for $8,000. Not too bad what's the deal on the 2018.?

Bill Hamilton (not verified)    January 7, 2018 - 12:46AM

Yes, the A-pillar's blind-spot was an issue, at night especially, with the 1st generation of Leaves. Does the new 2018 address that? What about the headlighting array for the base 'S' model Leaf (as it always get short-shrift when it comes to 'better' and 'best'. Nowhere have I seen a word about the base 'S' and its headlight array as yet).