Did Nissan Get The Range-Price Equation Right For The 2018 Nissan LEAF?

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Back when the 2018 Nissan LEAF launched at the start of September, lots of people criticized the car’s expected EPA range of 150 miles (240 kilometers). With the Tesla Model 3 on its way to market and the Chevrolet Bolt EV offering a good 50 percent more range than the 2018 Nissan LEAF, many of you argued nobody would be interested in purchasing the LEAF.

Yet two months after its launch, Nissan is reporting strong sales for both Europe and Japan — the two markets where the new LEAF is already available.

And that leads me to ask the following question. Did Nissan get the range-price equation right for the 2018 Nissan LEAF? And will it do well in the U.S. when it launches there later this year?

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  • David Galvan

    As a two-car family of 5, we like to have one “big” car for comfortable long distance trips, and one smaller commuter car that can still carry all 5 of us in a pinch. (Currently our “big” car is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and our commuter car is the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.)

    For us, if we were replacing our commuter car today and comparing the 2018 Leaf (150 miles range) with the Chevy Bolt (230+ miles range), we would probably go with the Leaf for the purpose of saving that $7k.

    150 miles is plenty for commuting and local trips, and if we were going on a longer-range trip we’d be taking our “big” vehicle anyway, since it would provide way more comfort and space than either the Bolt or Leaf could offer our family of 5 for a long ride.