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Tesla Model 3 vs. 2018 Nissan Leaf: The Key Differences

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf Electric car buyers about to enter the market should compare the Tesla Model 3 and 2018 Nissan Leaf. | Nissan

If you’re hoping to phase out gasoline and high maintenance costs, electric cars ought to be on your radar. Plug-ins serve as a great hedge against shifts in oil prices and the usual problems internal combustion engines suffer over time. After all, even the most reliable gas vehicles need regular oil changes, new spark plugs, and engine work.

Of course, the issue with electric vehicles has always been their high starting price. Consumers who wade into the used EV market do find prices slashed on late-model cars, but even Chevrolet Bolt EV, the first everyman electric, begins at $37,500.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf aims to change that narrative. Though it will not cross the threshold of 200 miles per charge or feature the horsepower jolt of the market’s top EVs, the fully overhauled Leaf aims to follow in the footsteps of the earlier model that is now the cheapest commuter car in America.

But will it top the new Tesla? That question will nag consumers as they gear up for these models’ upcoming releases. Here are the key differences between Tesla Model 3 and the 2018 Nissan Leaf.

1. Leaf to offer the most range at $30,000

Side view of pre-production 2018 Nissan Leaf in white

Side view of pre-production 2018 Nissan Leaf in white 2018 Nissan Leaf | Nissan

A look at the EVs with the most range reveals several improved models in 2017, but none offers over 125 miles of range at $30,000. Leaf will be the first to do so when it arrives in 2018, delivering 150 miles on a single charge. At $30,875 with destination charges included, the newest Nissan EV will become a better value than Ford Focus EV (124 miles at $29,120) and Hyundai Ioniq Electric (124 miles at $29,500). This formula helped Leaf become the top-selling electric model of the first generation.

Next: Model 3 inhabits a different price bracket.

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