When it debuted for 2011, the Nissan Leaf brought the possibility of all-electric driving to the masses. With its redesign for 2018, it gets even more mainstream, with even more conventional styling, inside and out, as well as greater driving range of up to 151 miles, according to the EPA, thanks to a higher-capacity battery pack.
The changes make the Leaf a better car that should find wider appeal — even in an era of low gas prices. But Nissan missed the chance to fix some of the Leaf's glaring shortcomings.
The original Leaf was designed to stand out from the crowd, but now it seems content to blend in. Gone are the headlights that extended up the front fenders and the taillights that reached toward the roofline, replaced with a front-end design that really wouldn't look out of place on one of Nissan's gas-powered cars; it also gets a design cue that we see on the Nissan Murano and its floating-roof look. The more-conventional styling theme follows the competition, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
So what's this thing like to drive? Watch the video above for my 2018 Nissan Leaf driving impressions and more.
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