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Roadshow's long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf in the Polar Vortex

Our little blue electric hatch tackles winter's worst head-on with a little help from the Finns.

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Chris Paukert

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Our 2018 Nissan Leaf long-term vehicle arrived in Michigan just in time for the Polar Vortex.

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Our little blue hatchback is putting up a good fight, though, and despite some range loss, anxiety hasn't come into play. 

There have even been a few EV-specific upsides.

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The Leaf's cabin continues to age well, and the seat heaters and steering-wheel heater of our SL trim are borderline must-have items in frigid weather.

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E-pedal driving in winter has proven to be a pleasant experience.

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With plenty of single-digit days and nights dipping into the negative teens, the weather has been a true test for this EV.

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We've outfitted our Leaf with a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 winter tires, and it's made a sizable difference in the car's foul-weather handling ability.

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Snow-on-snow makes for the best traction, and these Nokian's do a good job of packing the white stuff in those sipes and grooves.

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We continue to enjoy the second-gen Leaf's much-improved and markedly more conventional looks.

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These lights have been illuminated a lot lately.

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The Nissan Leaf delivers 147 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque.

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A deep wiper recess for improved aero efficiency has proven particularly susceptible to ice deposits.  

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