LeftieBiker wrote: gbshaun wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:ePedal is standard. It's Pro Pilot that is optional.
When i say optional I mean that you can disengage it. I did that for long downhills where a traditional system was preferable so i could coast.
How does the regen level compare to the current Leaf in D and in Eco?
Hi, I had a test drive of a 2018 SV last night in Southern California. I had a 2013 SV which was returned last February, after extending the lease to over 3.5 years.
The regen with e-pedal is much much better than the regen on the prior version Leaf. This is now a true e-pedal, one pedal driving.
With the E-pedal enabled, it will come to a complete stop with no brake, and much more aggressively than the regen on the prior generation. I drove almost the entire time without touching the brake in both Freeway rush hour and side street driving. Once you get used to the balance between acceleration/coasting/regen, you can truly drive with the one pedal. There is a button next to the shifter that enables/disables e-pedal.
Also, with e-pedal on, there is zero creep. The car stays stopped.
The regen is more aggressive. The braking on the 2018 is also much better. With the 2013 SV , the brakes were very "grabby" when you were reaching a stop.
I also drove about 20 minutes in rush hour traffic in Orange County, CA, with the Pro-pilot enabled.. It does a very good job staying in its lane and following the car in front.. The pro-pilot/Cruise was set for 3 car distance from the car in front, and did a great job.
The interior fabric is much nicer than my old 2013 Leaf SV.. The drive was a bit sportier, and the motor did a good job on "passing" acceleration when already moving at 55+, as opposed to the 2013, which was a slug at Freeway speeds.
Exterior is also more appealing, not as dorky. I would agree with the others that the 2018 model is more like a generation 1.5 Leaf. The controls for Heat/AC/Fan appear to be same from prior generation, and still only one USB slot in front. The Touch screen is a bit larger, and much more responsive and much better resolution. The 2013 model map/center display was the worst.
Overall, I think I would lease a 2018 , if the prices come down a bit closer to my 2013 SV $268/month tax inclusive pmt.
The $3900 down payment I have been seeing is a bit steep.