2018 Nissan Leaf vs. Its Competition

2018 Nissan Leaf

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a strong new entry among mass-priced electric cars; its competitors offer lower range, higher prices, or a wait of a year or more to get one delivered.

The BMW i3 is a technically sophisticated small hatchback with excellent performance and 114 miles of range, plus an optional range-extending engine, but it starts $12,000 above the new Leaf.

The Chevy Bolt EV was last year’s It Girl among electric cars, with a whopping 238 miles of range, but it starts almost $7,000 higher.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Volkswagen e-Golf are rated at 124 and 125 miles, respectively; the e-Golf is about the same size and price as the Leaf, while the lower Ioniq feels smaller but is more aggressively priced.

Finally, the Tesla Model 3 is nominally in production now, but with a reservation queue of 450,000 or so people, you’re not likely to get the 220-mile version that starts at $35,000 for at least a year if you’re not already on the list.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is improved in every way over its aged predecessor: it’s better-looking, nicer inside, and has more power and battery range, at a relatively affordable price.
6.6
The BMW i3 is a wonder of technology, but it's already been surpasses by EVs with longer range.
7.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.
6.6
The 2018 Tesla Model 3 promises Tesla chic at mass-market prices, at least when less expensive versions arrive, but build quality should be any buyer’s biggest worry.
6.4
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.
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