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New 2018 Leaf Owner - First Month Opinion

Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:37 pm

TLDR – In my opinion, the Nissan Leaf is a great commuter car and I am overall very happy with the purchase. I cannot speak to quick charging or living in super-hot climates (I live in Northern Virginia).

In my experience being on car forums for the last few years, we see a lot more complaints about ownership or problems that come up. At the same time, most of us browse through car forums prior to purchasing a vehicle to read about pros and cons of ownership. Unfortunately, most people on car forums are more vocal about problems, concerns and issues rather than the things that they like about the car. So, I thought I would drop a quick note after my first month of ownership of my 2018 Leaf.

I was looking for a great commuter vehicle that had great gas mileage and I was very open to a PHEV or electric. My office building provides free level 2 charging and I quickly narrowed my search down to an electric vehicle. My commute is about eight miles each way and I make a visit to an off-site facility which is about 35 miles round trip once a week. I test drove the e-Golf, Bolt and of course the Leaf.
In the end the Leaf was the best balance of comfort, cost and features. I searched for an SL without Pro-Pilot (I love ACC, and hate lane keep features – previous experience with previous two vehicles). Between a nice discount (even prior to my up-coming federal tax credit) and zero percent financing it was an easy decision to make.

I am just over 6’2” and I am still surprised by the size on the inside and the comfort of the ride. Telescopic steering wheel would have been nice, but not a deal breaker. I read a lot about rapidgate or whatever, but I never plan on using the Leaf as a road trip car (we have a second car that is a normal gas car).

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Re: New 2018 Leaf Owner - First Month Opinion

Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:39 pm

Congrats on your new Leaf!!

V similar situation here. Relatively short commute, really like the adaptive cruise control, agree on the telescopic steering wheel.

Just took a day trip last weekend, about 100 miles, AC on, some hills, 3 people in the car, CA freeway speeds (65-70). No concerns on handling, acceleration, anything really.

I thought one pedal was a marketing thing but it's just aggressive regen, and v quick to get used to.

One question for the forum: Once people go full ev, do they ever ... go back to ICE? :D

Happy EVing.

Northern CA/Bay Area
2018 Aug, Leaf SV lease, Past: 2015 Chevy Volt lease

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Re: New 2018 Leaf Owner - First Month Opinion

Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:02 pm

ePedal also uses the friction brakes. And yes, people do go back to ICEVs if they have a bad experience with EVs, or if they get a new commute that an EV can't handle.
Scarlet Ember 2018 Leaf SL W/ Pro Pilot
2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, & 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
PLEASE don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

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