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KBB Honors 2018 Nissan Leaf with Lowest Cost to Own Award

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Owners of a 2018 Nissan Leaf are driving a cost-saving investment, according to the editors of Kelly Blue Book (KBB), who have bestowed upon the eco-friendly, 100% electric vehicle the title of “Lowest Cost to Own.”

The best-selling EV from Nissan received the “Lowest Cost to Own Award” at the Chicago Auto Show due to exemplary marks in expected fuel costs, insurance and finance fees, depreciation forecast, state fees, and repair and maintenance costs, all of which are determined during the first five years of ownership.

“The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF, which went on sale last month, has been completely re-invented for its second generation, combining greater range with a dynamic new design and the latest Nissan technology. The new LEAF embodies Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility, featuring technologies such as ProPILOT Assist, e-Pedal, Automatic Emergency Braking and more,” reports Nissan.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is available in three trims: S, SV, and SL. Each trim is equipped with a 110 kW AC synchronous electric motor and generates 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The zero-emissions vehicle delivers an EPA-estimated rating of 100 MPGe on the highway and 125 MPGe in the city.

“In addition to the exhilarating drive, EVs are inherently less expensive to operate than gas-powered cars and the 2018 Nissan LEAF provides more range, content and technology at a lower MSRP than the previous generation, offering customers more value at a lower price,” said Brian Maragno, director, Nissan EV marketing and sales strategy.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is priced approximately $690 less than last year’s edition as well as features a 37% increase in horsepower and 40% increase in driving range, according to Nissan.