2018 Nissan Leaf

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  • Fully electric
  • Quick acceleration
  • Lots of standard driver-assist features


  • Rear seats don't fold flat
  • No telescoping steering wheel available
  • Limited front-seat storage for items like phones and drinks

150 - 151 miles

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A compact electric hatchback reinvented.

Launched for the 2011 model year, the Nissan Leaf is one of the first fully electric cars that can accommodate a family. Thanks to its relatively conventional appearance both inside and out, the Leaf makes it easy to go electric. Nissan has continually improved on the Leaf, making the 2018 model incredibly appealing. The second-generation Leaf debuted in 2017, building on the strengths of its predecessor, but with more style, more technology, and a more practical range. The 2018 Nissan Leaf has an EPA-estimated range of 151 miles on a full charge, and with technology highlights like ProPilot Assist and e-Pedal driving systems, this model of the trailblazing electric compact hatchback goes farther in style. Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when a vehicle is sold as new and assume a full battery charge. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See for more info.

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What is new for the 2018 Nissan Leaf?

  • Leaf trims have been upgraded with Power Seat(s), Blind Spot Monitor, Android Auto, BOSE Sound System, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SV trim now comes with Parking Sensors as standard equipment.

2018 Nissan Leaf trims

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  • Includes 16-inch steel wheels with trim covers, cruise control, digital meter cluster, remote-control-powered door mirrors, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and more.


  • Adds 17-inch machined-face aluminum wheels, fog lights, a quick charge port, intelligent cruise control, seven-inch color LCD display NissanConnect with navigation radio system, and more.


  • Unlocks heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED low beam headlights and daytime running lights, heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, leather trim, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Nissan Leaf

1. Great range

2018 Nissan Leaf: Engine | CarMax

The 2018 Nissan Leaf has a 40kWh battery, which is a significant upgrade from previous generation models. The 2018 Leaf can go farther on a single charge, so you don't have to stop as often for charging. You'll get an EPA-estimated range of 151 miles on a full charge.

This makes the 2018 Nissan Leaf a great choice in the city as well as on the freeway.

2. One-pedal driving

2018 Nissan Leaf: Dashboard | CarMax

The 2018 Nissan Leaf features the e-Pedal, which is essentially a one-pedal driving system. This means you can accelerate, decelerate, and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator pedal itself. When the pedal is fully released, regenerative braking takes place (by slowing down the motor to regain some range) and the friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the Leaf to a complete stop, even on a steep hill.

3. Instant acceleration

2018 Nissan Leaf: Push start button | CarMax

One of the best things about an electric car is instant access to its full torque, which gives you incredible acceleration—even on an unassuming hatchback. The 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque on the 2018 Nissan Leaf provide a pace that's perfect for busy urban traffic, whether you're on a grocery run or taking the kids to school. 

4. Plenty of technology

2018 Nissan Leaf: Seven-inch color display | CarMax

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is loaded with technology, all designed to entertain or assist you as you drive. Bluetooth® streaming and SiriusXM® satellite radio are standard on all models, and entry-level S models have a five-inch color display radio/CD system. 2018 Nissan Leaf SV and SL models feature NissanConnect® with navigation and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a seven-inch color display. Automatic emergency braking is standard on all trims, with Nissan's ProPilot Assist driver-assistance system optional on SV and SL trims. 

5. Fast and easy charging

2018 Nissan Leaf: Charge port | CarMax

A more powerful onboard charger means that the 2018 Nissan Leaf charge time for a full battery recharge is 7.5 hours on a 220V power connection. A rapid charging option is also available. The quick charge port on higher-trim Leafs allows charging to 80 percent battery capacity in only 40 minutes at a fast-charging station. A revised charge port location at the front makes 2018 Nissan Leaf charging easy, as does a standard charge port light and door lock. 

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If you are looking for a premium compact EV that feels like driving a normal car, check out the Volkswagen e-Golf. VW updated the powertrain of the e-Golf for 2017 to add a new 35.8 kWh lithium-ion battery that bumped range from an EPA-estimated 83 miles (2016 models) to 125 miles when fully charged.

 That means more fun out on the open road in your e-Golf, and with 22.8 cu-ft of space behind the back seats, you can bring more friends and gear along for the ride.

The base e-Golf is well equipped with standard equipment for 2017-2019 model years, including:

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Automatic headlights

  • LED running lights

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Heated power-reclining front seats

  • Eight-inch touchscreen

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.4 out of 5

9 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Nissan Leaf an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Leaf 1st out of 6 among Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

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Nissan Leaf features and specs

SL 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
Battery details


40.0 kWh

Range when new (EPA estimate)

150 - 151 miles

Estimated range today

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124 - 157 miles

Est. range in 3 years

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114 - 147 miles

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Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.1"/R 33.5"

Head room

F 41.2"/R 37.3"

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Color options

2018 Nissan Leaf: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Brilliant Silver

  • Deep Blue Pearl

  • Glacier White

  • Gun Metallic

  • Jade Frost

  • Pearl White

  • Pearl White Two-Tone/Super Black

  • Scarlet Ember

  • Super Black

Interior colors:

  • Black (All trims)

  • Light Gray (SL only)

Interior details

The 2018 Nissan Leaf interior can seat five passengers in two rows. Both the entry-level S and mid-range SV models have cloth interior trim, with leather standard on the SL trim. The standard trim color is black, with light gray optional on the SL. The Leaf has plenty of storage spaces around the cabin, including four bottle holders and two cup holders.

Suitable for small families and groups, the 2018 Nissan Leaf has 23.6 cu-ft of trunk space with the rear seats in place, increasing to 30 cu-ft when folded down. The 42.1 inches of front-seat legroom and 33.5 inches of rear-seat legroom mean you and your passengers can travel in comfort. 

Child seat details

You can fit two child car seats in the rear row of the 2018 Nissan Leaf, including LATCH car seats, infant rear seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. 


All models of the 2018 Nissan Leaf have the same 147-hp powertrain and 40kWh battery. The Leaf's get-up-and-go is more akin to a family car than a Ferrari—despite that instant torque—but it reaches zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). The range for all models is an EPA-estimated 151 miles on a full charge.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a front-wheel-drive hatchback, with power fed through a single-speed reducer transmission, controlled by a shift-by-wire drive selector. Three driving modes allow you to tailor the driving style of the car to preserve range. "Normal" is the default setting. "Eco" mode brings increased regenerative braking and limits the 110kW electric motor's output, which also reduces the air conditioning system's operation. "B" mode provides even more aggressive regenerative braking when slowing down.

Year comparison

2011-2017 Nissan Leaf (first generation)

The Nissan Leaf debuted for the 2011 model year. Initially, only a 24kWh battery was available, with an EPA-estimated range of 84 miles on a full charge for 2011 models.

All models were front-wheel drive, fitted with the same 80kW/107-hp electric powertrain. SV and SL trims offered different levels of equipment, including the option of a quick charge port for shorter charging times. The 2013 model year introduced 240V charging, along with an entry-level S trim. A larger-capacity 30kWh battery was introduced on the 2016 Nissan Leaf, increasing the EPA-estimated range to 107 miles on a full charge.

2018-present Nissan Leaf (second generation)

The second-generation Nissan Leaf arrived in 2018. Under the bigger and sharper-looking body, all 2018 Leaf trim levels were fitted with a 40kWh battery, bringing a significant range upgrade. The 2018 Leaf has an EPA-estimated range of 151 miles when fully charged.

ProPilot Assist and e-Pedal intelligent driving technologies make the second-generation Leaf enjoyable and relaxing to drive. 

In 2019, the range was increased further with the arrival of the Nissan Leaf e+ (renamed Leaf Plus in 2021). A 62kWh battery and 160kW/214-hp electric motor increased the single-charge driving distance to an EPA-estimated 226 miles, and charging was boosted with a new 70kW (100kW peak) quick-charging system.

 A CHAdeMO quick-charge port became standard across all trims from 2021. 

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