So we began our EV journey back in 2016 when we did our first lease (Always purchased) on a new 2015 Leaf S for my wife. We really loved this car but our 2 year lease was going to be up next month. Obviously our plan was to move into a new 2018 Leaf when available. Finally they began to arrive at our local dealerships and decided to go take a first look and ended up leasing a new one that day. So we were interested in another S, but the dealer did not have one on hand and said that most dealers were probably not going to order an S since there was only a $1000 difference between the S and SV (didn't research but that's what the dealer said.) so we worked a deal on an SV. Not sure if we got a good deal or not, definitely did not get a deal like we did on our 2015 ($0 down, 2yr at $277 a month), we left with a 2018 SV with a sticker price of $35,250, with a lease of $850 down, $350 a month for 36 mths. It worked for us so we agreed.
I am sure there are posts already about initial thoughts, but figured I would post ours.
First, it seems like they build this one off the same frame as the older model, as the floor design is the same which was good news for us as we could reuse our old Nissan All Weather mats we had used in our 2015 (Exact match). The windows look the same, as well as the curve of the roof and antenna is in the same spot. If you look at many of the buttons, they are identical, the shift nob looks the same, door handles look identical, etc. I kind of hoped for a totally new ride, but it is what it is, we do love the look. I think it looks way better than the older model. In cleaning our old Leaf and having it side by side to the new one we could see the similarities.
Good news, the old floor mats work, so if you are like us and had bought all weather mats, you can use them in the new one.
Bad News, apparently the SL is the only model that comes with the cargo cover in the trunk. We did not notice this until we were taking delivery on the car. Had we noticed sooner we would have requested they add it during our negotiations. We had to order one and it has a list price of $260 plus depending on the dealer. We were able to get our dealer to offer it at $170 our the door, but we will likely have to wait almost a month or more to get it as they are coming from the assembly plan. Part # is 799105SA1A
Also my wife noticed that this SV did not come with the steering wheel warmer like our old S had. Kind of disappointed in that too, as she really liked that feature. So far thats all we have noticed, have not had much time to drive it yet. So in the next couple of days we'll get more familiar with it and see if we find any other missing options our S had. Really thought that we would get all we had with the S when we moved up to the SV, but I guess not.