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    What do you think of the new Leaf?

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    I think it looks 100x better! It can actually be considered attractive and it not be a lie! I think the looks alone could broaden its appeal and help with sales. The $30k price before incentives is very attractive as well.

    But I must admit that I was a bit disappointed that the range is only 150 miles, but they have a 225+ model coming. Also, I was hoping this was a complete redesign. But it's more of a heavy, extensive refresh. I can tell this by the doors being the same as the current LEAF, including the interior panels.

    I could say that I am disappointed about Nissan only matching the competition(with the extended range model), being that Nissan was the first with a mass produced electric car and should be the best when it comes to battery tech and range. But, I think they are sticking to the original mission of the LEAF and truly providing an affordable electric car for the masses. So hopefully they're giving the most range they can at the $30k mark.

    Besides, when I think about it... for typical day to day city driving, 150 miles is more than adequate. I live in Houston where everything is 30 minutes away and drive close to 400 miles per week and could technically only charge the car every other night and still be good. And then we should take into account that these cars could be charged while you're at work as well. Of course long road trips is still a feat the whole industry is looking to tackle.

    So overall, I think it is a success for what the car is meant to fulfill, an affordable electric car for the everyday commuter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NissLover View Post
    I think it looks 100x better! It can actually be considered attractive and it not be a lie! I think the looks alone could broaden its appeal and help with sales. The $30k price before incentives is very attractive as well.

    But I must admit that I was a bit disappointed that the range is only 150 miles, but they have a 225+ model coming. Also, I was hoping this was a complete redesign. But it's more of a heavy, extensive refresh. I can tell this by the doors being the same as the current LEAF, including the interior panels.

    I could say that I am disappointed about Nissan only matching the competition(with the extended range model), being that Nissan was the first with a mass produced electric car and should be the best when it comes to battery tech and range. But, I think they are sticking to the original mission of the LEAF and truly providing an affordable electric car for the masses. So hopefully they're giving the most range they can at the $30k mark.

    Besides, when I think about it... for typical day to day city driving, 150 miles is more than adequate. I live in Houston where everything is 30 minutes away and drive close to 400 miles per week and could technically only charge the car every other night and still be good. And then we should take into account that these cars could be charged while you're at work as well. Of course long road trips is still a feat the whole industry is looking to tackle.

    So overall, I think it is a success for what the car is meant to fulfill, an affordable electric car for the everyday commuter.
    I like the front end of the car much better but I am underwhelmed by everything else. I didnt even realize they are using the doors from the 1st gen and that makes it even worse. I actually liked the tail lights of the 1st gen but the new ones do not excite me. The new Leaf looks good at certain angles but awkward at most. The ones without the blacked out roof look much better. I think the interior may be the most disappointing of all. I hope they have other color schemes but besides the larger digital lcd speedometer/gauge area and the metalic looking trim on the front passenger side, I think the rest of the interior is too bland. I do understand the shape that is to maximize space and it probably has the most interior cargo room in it's class which should be one of the strong points that may save it but I just wish they had made the proportions closer to the IDS concept (especially in the rear), that would have really blown Tesla out the water.

    I know this is a vehicle for the masses but it doesnt have to be so boring, Murano, Rogue (especially Qashqai) and even Altima are a little more "outgoing", they have unique, expressive and/or handsome exteriors and interiors (at least at some point in their lifecycle) .

    As a design leader this was Nissan's opportunity to blow Tesla away, IMO Im not fond of the Telsa designs, too bubbly, but I can see how Model 3 can look luxurious, the interior at first glance is like Wtf but thinking about the trade-off I might just give up everything else for a 15inch lcd screen.

    Also according to motortrend Nissan kept the passive cooling for their batteries that a lot of people are complaining about.

    I dont think the 150 range will be a problem could be a little more but maybe they should have dropped the price to like $27k or $28k to make the price difference really enticing against the competition.


    For as long of a wait for the new Leaf, I expected more... not sure where things got held up if this is all they could introduce, they are using the same platform obviously and like you said it more of a heavy facelift. I understand they are trying to keep costs down but they may cost them more in the end.
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    I'm no fan of the Leaf, but I think the 2018 is bunches more attractive than the outgoing one. But it would have to go some to be even equally ugly as its predecessor, especially in the rear.

    I've never quite understood why carmakers feel they have to make hybrids and electrics so ... 'funky" and downright homely. Do the people who buy these things really want to be noticed so badly that they're willing to drive a butt-ugly car to impress each other?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_TX View Post
    I'm no fan of the Leaf, but I think the 2018 is bunches more attractive than the outgoing one. But it would have to go some to be even equally ugly as its predecessor, especially in the rear.

    I've never quite understood why carmakers feel they have to make hybrids and electrics so ... 'funky" and downright homely. Do the people who buy these things really want to be noticed so badly that they're willing to drive a butt-ugly car to impress each other?

    The new leaf rear looks like a honda cr-z or insight, at least the the 1st generation had unique taillights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_TX View Post
    I'm no fan of the Leaf, but I think the 2018 is bunches more attractive than the outgoing one. But it would have to go some to be even equally ugly as its predecessor, especially in the rear.

    I've never quite understood why carmakers feel they have to make hybrids and electrics so ... 'funky" and downright homely. Do the people who buy these things really want to be noticed so badly that they're willing to drive a butt-ugly car to impress each other?
    Tesla S is gorgeous. So are the plug-in hybrid variants of the German sedans. Their upcoming EV variants will also look the same, save for some funky badging.

    What you're describing is a Japanese design problem, and it ain't just limited to the hybrid/electrics. :D Anyone who think the Maxima is polarizing and a little ugly from some angles should check out the latest Accord and Civic. Or my personal favorite, the (mercifully soon to be redesigned) Lexus IS and RC.

    I still love Japanese cars, but why do the ones designed this decade need to look like Gundams or Pokemans? The current designers are probably 90s kids.

    The Q50/Q60 twins are the only thing Nissan makes that still looks sexy to me. The old stuff (Q70, QX70 RIP) still looks fine but is a bit too dated and not wide or low enough to look hot anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayG35 View Post
    Tesla S is gorgeous. So are the plug-in hybrid variants of the German sedans. Their upcoming EV variants will also look the same, save for some funky badging.

    What you're describing is a Japanese design problem, and it ain't just limited to the hybrid/electrics. :D Anyone who think the Maxima is polarizing and a little ugly from some angles should check out the latest Accord and Civic. Or my personal favorite, the (mercifully soon to be redesigned) Lexus IS and RC.

    I still love Japanese cars, but why do the ones designed this decade need to look like Gundams or Pokemans? The current designers are probably 90s kids.

    The Q50/Q60 twins are the only thing Nissan makes that still looks sexy to me. The old stuff (Q70, QX70 RIP) still looks fine but is a bit too dated and not wide or low enough to look hot anymore.
    You're right. The Tesla is an exception, and thank goodness some of the Germans and newer Asian cars are "stealth" hybrids. I was thinking of abominations like the new Prius and some of the older hybrids that went out of their way to look "odd", like the Honda Clarity and the old EV 1.

    Maybe the trend toward making hybrids stick out like infected thumbs is waning.

    Oh, and the Pokemon styling thing ... I think the Lexus stylists have been the worst, and it's also infected the Toyota team.
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    That's about 400% better-looking than the new Prius!
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