2018 Nissan Leaf

With the 2018 restyling, the best-selling electric car has been completely revamped and the results are impressive.

If you are looking for an electric car that has a great profile, good power, and a long battery life, all for a moderate price, put the Leaf at the top of your list. In fact, the 2018 MSRP is actually slightly lower than that of the 2017 model! With three trims available, the S, the SV, and premium SL, there is a Leaf suitable to most needs and desires. If you are looking for an electric option that is more affordable than most in this segment, take a look at the 2018 Nissan Leaf.

With styling details that borrow a bit from the Murano, the restyled Leaf looks less like an electric car and more like a sporty hatchback.

The utilitarian hard plastics of the interior have been replaced with soft fabrics that incorporate reverse stitching in a pleasant blue hue. The performance is more powerful than its first generation predecessor, with 147 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque. The battery is stored under the floor and is a 40-kW per hour battery pack compared with the 24-kW of the original 2011 Leaf.

Driving the new Leaf is an incredibly quiet experience with comfortable seating that offers plenty of head and leg room.

While the hatchback has been restyled, it still offers plenty of cargo room. Every Leaf model comes standard with a forward-collision mitigation system, automatic emergency braking, and a camera in place of a rearview mirror. The optional standards include lane control, rear cross traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. A pedestrian detection system has also been added to the emergency auto braking. The Pro-Pilot Assist offers what is basically Level 2 autonomy.

The base model offers 16-inch steel wheels, fog lamps, a static 4-inch audio control with AM/FM satellite radio, Bluetooth pairing and one USB port.

Upgrading to the SV will get you 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, fully integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a navigation system. The most noticeable feature of the high-end SL is the addition of turn signals in the door mirrors. There is also a premium Bose sound system, a surround view camera set-up, as well as a cargo cover. Additional features include an electric parking brake, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

If you are in the market for an electric car and affordability is also a factor, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is one of the top options available.

This completely revamped model offers a sporty hatchback profile, increased battery power, a more comfortable and attractive interior, and the Nissan Pro-Pilot Assist system. WIth the three available trims, there is a Leaf appropriate for most all needs. The $30,000 starting price puts the Leaf at the high-end of affordability for autos in this segment. This zero-emission vehicle has an extended battery range and generally requires charging every other day with normal driving habits. The 2018 Nissan Leaf is an electric car with a lot of appeal.