The Nissan LEAF is considered the pioneer of electric cars in North America, which arrived on the market in 2011. Seven years later, we are entitled to the second generation of the LEAF. This model must today face a competition much more present while several new electric cars have emerged in recent years. We think in particular of the Volkswagen e-Golf or the Hyundai IONIQ. Then there is also the Chevrolet Bolt. Introduced at the 2015 International Auto Show in Detroit as a concept and its production version in 2016, the Bolt boasts of being the first affordable long-range electric car. She represents what Tesla wants to do with Model 3, but it only took a few years to move from idea to production. For those who are looking for an electric car, it is impossible to ignore these two models. But which one to choose? Everything is a question of needs, and also of budget.
Motor and autonomy
The Nissan LEAF 2018 offers an electric motor that develops the equivalent of 147 horsepower powered by a battery of 40 kWh. The announced autonomy is 241 kilometers. On the side of the Chevrolet Bolt 2018, the range is considerably larger or 383 kilometers. The engine of the Chevrolet develops 200 horses and is powered by a 60 kWh battery. Thus equipped, the Bolt can reach 100 km / h in about 6.5 seconds while the Nissan LEAF 2018 requires just less than 8.0 seconds. The accelerations are therefore brighter in the Bolt. The Chevrolet's larger battery requires 9.5 hours to fully charge with a residential charger while the 2018 Nissan LEAF needs 7.5 hours to fully charge. In addition, the LEAF has a charging cable that can be plugged directly into a 240-volt outlet, so there is no need to install a residential charger about car cover.
Interior and interior space
These two electric cars are similar in terms of passenger clearance and cargo capacity. On paper, the Chevrolet Bolt 2018 can accommodate between 480 liters and 1,600 liters in the trunk while the Leaf offers between 668 liters and 805 liters. On this side, difficult to determine a winner. What is certain is that the Chevrolet Bolt 2018 offers a cabin that looks more unobstructed while that of the LEAF, with its dashboard and console more massive, seems a bit less spacious.
Comfort and driving pleasure
In terms of performance, it is certain that the Chevrolet Bolt and its more powerful engine is ahead of the Nissan LEAF 2018. This is also true in terms of steering and handling while the Bolt seems more confident cornering. On this side, however, the difference is much smaller between the two cars while the LEAF also is able to have fun on a winding road. As for comfort, the Japanese is recovering and proves sweeter than the Bolt and more pleasant on roads in poor condition. Indeed, the new Nissan LEAF 2018 is an excellent road while we found the Bolt a bit brusque and jumping.
The Nissan LEAF 2018 is available starting at $ 35,998 while the Chevrolet Bolt 2018 is available starting at $ 43,095. Both models are entitled to the same government incentives.
Which one to choose?
The first question you will have to ask is about your travel needs. Will you need to travel more than 200 kilometers on a regular basis? More than 250 kilometers? If so, the Bolt 2018 is preferred. On the other hand, if you travel less than 150 kilometers in general, the 2018 Nissan LEAF will be able to meet your needs while saving you more than $ 7,000. It may not be as efficient or dynamic as the Bolt, but it takes over the comfort side and the price difference, again, is not negligible. It is repeated, unless you have a need for autonomy beyond standard, the Nissan LEAF 2018 finishes first in this small comparison.
The 20 vehicles with the best resale value according to the Canadian Black Book
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The new car more affordable than you think?
Buying a new vehicle is a major investment, whether new or used. Whatever the model we are interested in, we must plan our budget before signing the sales contract if we want to avoid our vehicle becoming a bolt for our finances. Among the items to consider in our budget at the time of the purchase of a vehicle, there are maintenance costs as well as fuel costs. We are talking here about fees that fall into the cost of ownership category and they vary a lot from one model to another and from one type of vehicle to another. Take for example a used vehicle. The latter, even if it is known to be reliable and inexpensive to own, will generally have a higher maintenance cost due to a less generous warranty (among others) and higher consumption due to a technology. Less avant-garde.
The solution to reduce our cost of ownership may therefore be to buy a new vehicle. Except, of course, a new car is much more expensive than a used car, is it? Not necessarily. In recent years, manufacturers have introduced new models in the $ 10,000 range to meet the needs of those who want the added protection and improved efficiency of a new vehicle while enjoying the benefits of a new vehicle. a more interesting and modern handling, but without the higher costs associated with new cars.
There are currently three vehicles on the market, priced at nearly $ 10,000, including the Nissan Micro. With a starting price of $ 10,488, Micro offers a budget-friendly price for many used car buyers while offering the benefits of a new vehicle.
More generous guarantee
More affordable financing rate
Reduced maintenance cost
The Nissan Micro is eligible for Nissan's full 3-year and 60,000-kilometer warranty in addition to the 5-year or 100,000-kilometer power train warranty. The majority of used vehicles only offer the balance of this warranty with perhaps a year or two more. Also, the Micro is available at new vehicle interest rates that are always more affordable (and far) than those associated with a used car. Then there are reduced maintenance costs in the first place because the warranty protects the owner from major mechanical breakdowns, but also because the vehicle is younger and has less mileage. It is therefore less likely to have a mechanical problem.
"When the Nissan Micro hit the market five years ago, sales exploded, in part because of the buyers who originally came for a used vehicle before discovering the affordability and all the other benefits of buying a new Micro, "says a representative at Belvedere Nissan. In conclusion, buying a new affordable vehicle can sometimes result in a more reliable and fuel-efficient vehicle that will also be more affordable to maintain than a used vehicle. Just explore which affordable models are available to us.