CARS.COM — Where the first-generation Nissan Leaf electric car was designed to stand out from the crowd with unique styling inside and out, the redesigned 2018 Leaf looks much more like a regular car. A longer driving range of around 150 miles on a charge also gives it more of a regular-car feel. (As reported Wednesday, Nissan will add a longer-range version as a 2019 model.) I took the 2018 Leaf for a quick spin in Las Vegas and tested two of its new high-tech features: e-Pedal and ProPilot Assist.
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Besides looking more like a regular car, the Leaf also drives a lot like one. It accelerates smoothly and silently up to highway speeds with about as much gusto as you’d get from one of the small turbocharged gas engines that are under the hood of a growing percentage of compact cars. It’s quick enough, though I wouldn’t call it fast. Without any appreciable noise from the electric motor, wind noise on the highway seems more prominent but it doesn’t overwhelm the cabin.