2018 Nissan Leaf

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2018 Nissan Leaf Interior Review

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Interior: 7.4

The 2018 Nissan Leaf offers spacious seating and a large cargo area. When it comes to interior features, the headlines focus mostly on its available technology, including the self-driving ProPilot Assist system. Other aspects are more modest, like the presence of hard plastics and the lone USB port.

  • "Inside, the Leaf is much nicer than the previous version. The car we drove had leather, a power driver's seat, a Bose audio system and Apple CarPlay. And the front seats are comfortable – more so than other pure electric EVs." -- Autotrader
  • "We only wish that Nissan added more flair to the cabin. The interior's hard plastics and cheap-feeling, mismatched switchgear seemingly culled from several different cars are obvious sacrifices, with resources diverted to the Leaf's excellent battery and chassis hardware. Heck, the steering column is adjustable only for tilt, the telescoping function having been cost-cut from the previous-generation Leaf midway through its life cycle. The Leaf deserves better, not least because taller drivers are forced into a less-than-ideal hunch to grasp the steering wheel." -- Car and Driver
  • "We found the interior to be quite comfortable and more premium than we expected. The cars we sampled had high-quality materials such as perforated leather seats with microfiber inserts and blue accent stitching." -- Autoblog

Seating

The Nissan Leaf has seating for five people and comes with cloth upholstery and a six-way manual driver’s seat. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way power driver’s seat are also available. No information on the 2018 Leaf’s LATCH child-seat hardware is available at this time.

The Leaf is spacious and comfy enough that most adults can happily ride in the front or back. This is still a compact car, though, so it doesn't feel cavernous inside. With no gasoline engine, the ride is very quiet … quiet enough, in fact, that you can hear the wind on the mirrors when you're cruising down the highway.  

  • "The sense of width played nicely in the cabin, and the front seats felt spacious for such a small vehicle. Even the rear seats were comfortable, with a good amount of legroom for a 6-foot-tall passenger behind a similarly sized driver. The floor felt high, though, in the back seat, and the ceiling was slung low overhead. Still, we wouldn't feel guilty putting two adults or three children back there for a couple of hours." -- Autoblog
  • The Leaf retains its 5-passenger seating, though the middle position in the rear is best for short trips only. There is a hump in the rear floor that provides access to the battery pack and which compromises foot room." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • As in other EVs, the lack of internal-combustion-engine white noise heightens occupants' awareness of road and tire sounds. To our ears the new Leaf is quieter, although the door mirrors generate a fair amount of wind whoosh at highway speeds." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system contains a 5-inch display, four speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. A proximity key, push-button start, a rearview camera, and automatic emergency braking are also standard.

Available features include the NissanConnect infotainment interface, a 7-inch infotainment display, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, HD Radio, voice-activated commands, a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system, ProPilot Assist, adaptive cruise control, an Around View Monitor, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross traffic alert, a driver drowsiness monitor, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, and pedestrian detection added to the automatic emergency braking system.

Techies will be impressed by the Leaf's available technology. Systems like ProPilot Assist (a partially autonomous driving system) and NissanConnect not only represent cutting-edge technology, but pass real-world tests with flying colors.

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  • "ProPilot Assist is sort of a Tesla Autopilot light (at a fraction of the price). Relying on just a single forward-facing radar and a monocular video camera, ProPilot Assist provides single-lane, feet-off-the-pedals driving (what's called adaptive cruise control). Alone, this is nothing unusual. Its dexterity in responding to slinkying traffic (including right down to 0 mph) is, though. Yet what elevates it to the same conversation as AutoPilot is how accurately it also threads down the center of the road." -- Motor Trend
  • "Another key improvement for the 2018 Leaf is enhanced connectivity, which now features available NissanConnect Services along with the existing NissanConnect EV telematics. These features let you remotely access select vehicle functions through your smartphone, wearable, and even through Alexa. You can monitor your Leaf's charging status, activate charging, and even turn on the HVAC system. The addition of NissanConnect Services adds features including automatic collision notification, parked car finder, stolen vehicle locator, remote horn and lights, speed alert, and remote lock and unlock." -- Boston Globe
  • "There's only one USB port. Today, for a car like the Leaf, I think the one thing you can just about guarantee is that at least two people in the car will likely have phones they'd like to charge. … The batteries are such a huge part of the cost of the Leaf that everything else had to be done on a tighter budget than you'd expect. That's why the interior plastics look good but don't feel that great, why the LCD screens are just a bit smaller than you'd expect, and why there's only one stupid USB port. It's all about the battery." -- Jalopnik

Cargo

The Leaf has more cargo room than most compact cars. It measures 23.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and these fold down mostly flat to unveil up to 30 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "There's a decent-sized trunk at the rear, and while the rear seats do fold down, they don't fold down terribly flat, but for most people's use I think the cargo accommodations are fine. Chances are most people who buy a new Leaf won't be trying to cram a motorcycle back there, anyway." -- Jalopnik
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