"On our brief test drives so far, the 2018 Leaf accelerates away from stops expeditiously, but the added motor power and battery capacity are most evident at highway speeds. The previous Leaf started to run out of breath around 50 or 60 mph, requiring some advance planning for high-speed driving. The 2018 Leaf has much punchier acceleration above 50 mph, leading to greater confidence in fast-moving freeway traffic.
"The 2018 Leaf comes standard with what Nissan calls 'e-Pedal,' that provides what experienced EV drivers call 'one-pedal driving' via increased regenerative braking. It's a bit gentler than that of the Chevy Bolt EV, and much more so than the stiff, abrupt feel of the BMW i3, and we think Nissan's done a good job offering a feature that most drivers will likely come to value for the calm driving and lack of foot shuffling it allows.
"Otherwise, the Leaf remains a predictable front-wheel-drive hatchback with its weight down low, giving it decent roadholding. The slightly numb feel through the steering wheel hasn't changed much, but it's considerably quieter at higher speeds."
-- John Voelcker, Green Car Reports