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By John Brandon Car tech

A budget car first and foremost

Photo credit: Josiah Bondy

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is an all-electric that has been around the block a few times.

Not as many times as you might think, since it has much lower range (at 151 miles) than the Chevy Bolt (at 238 miles) and the fully equipped Tesla Model S (at 315 miles).

Yet, in a recent test, there are a few high-tech options that will make you wonder if this might be the right EV for you.

Photo credit: Josiah Bondy

First, you should know that the Leaf is a budget car in every sense of the word. It’s meant to be light, not that sporty, small, and a bit short on tech features.

The amazing touchscreen display on the Bolt and Model S help you manage all of the settings and see what's happening with the electric motor at all times. The Leaf, not so much.

The display is small and a little disappointing – you won’t see any animations of a car that shows how regenerative braking works.

Instead, you’ll see a bland blue and black display that shows simple data feeds like the range and how many extra miles you can gain from turning off the climate control settings.

Photo credit: Josiah Bondy

For any tech connoisseur, it might be a letdown given the trend in cars to provide richly detailed touchscreens, both above the steering wheel and in the dash.

The Leaf debuted in 2010, and the new model has a few more curves and enhancements, but the displays look roughly the same.

Fortunately, there’s a few other features to keep you occupied. One is a new E-Pedal that allows you to drive the car without using the brakes.

Essentially, once activated, you can drive the car by pushing the accelerator to speed up, or laying off the accelerator to slow down to a complete stop. It worked like second nature after a little practice.

It’s similar to a feature you’ll find on some all-terrain vehicles like those made by Polaris called Engine Braking.

“The Leaf’s E-Pedal, which comes standard across all grade levels, allows the driver to accelerate, decelerate and stop by the car using the accelerator pedal alone,” says Jeff Wandell, a Nissan Leaf spokesperson. “The Leaf comes to a smooth and complete stop by simply releasing the accelerator. Furthermore, E-Pedal will even hold the vehicle in place on an incline – a feature only found on the Leaf.”

When Sally spoke about The Catalyst, I can truly relate to that archetype.

I started to take the test but Sally’s site stopped working in the middle of it. I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t get past page 3. Please Sally, let me do it again. I bet that Marie’s fans made your site go crazy, as it should, being the Catalyst that you are.

This was inspiring. Now to get off my butt and get moving on these ideas. Wow. Thank you both so much.

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I love the simple framing Sally presents. “what is the best and highest use of your personality?”

I am The Connoisseur! Prestige + Passion 🙂 I have been sharing this with my clients lately and love it as a way to bring new energy into conversations and dialogues! Thanks Marie..and yes to the folks with issues on the test site. I think we may be crashing the site with all our traffic. I had same issue. Ahh the power of MarieTV 🙂

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I’m a Catalyst just like Sally! This is why I need to get off my “ask” and do more videos! I can only show so much passion through my emails and blog posts. I know by doing more video I will be able to show my passion and rebellion triggers SO MUCH MORE! And that can really only mean more awesome people into my tribe and “Dream Life League”! Thank you so much Marie and Sally for the kick in the ‘ask’! 😉 As usual!


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Very cool stuff! I’m gonna start bringing more of my inner “goofy” to the business. My canvas company has been very “serious” to date. Will have to lighten it up. And my coaching-biz-to-be has gotta have some good “goof-factor”. Looking forward to reading Sally’s book and hearing more! Great job. ~ d


I’m a Rockstar!! OOAH OOAH!! I always knew it, (mostly because I started out fronting rock bands, and being in that role is still my #1 peak experience). It took a little while and several hangups before I got results, I assume because of the high traffic caused by this video – way to go Marie!

I’m currently in B-School, and it’s changing me down to the core. However, I’ve been hung up being unsure of how “out there” I can go. The Fascination test was the exact right thing at precisely the right time (cuz that’s how the system works, right?).

I just got huge validation of who I am and how I do it. Man, do I feel the clouds lifting.

Thank you, Marie, and thank you, Sally! BIG LOVE and many blessings!


I’m tickled PINK with this interview just what I was looking for. I’ve wondered how others perceive me because sometimes I get misunderstood. Maybe it’s the way I’m communicating that doesn’t say what I’m really trying to say? I want to take the test but Sally’s site keeps crashing probably cos lotza ya hot ladies are burning it up!!!

> But there is no doubt parental help is strong for buying property in expensive cities.


And the plural of anecdote is not ‘data’.


> Sure. They bought earlier at a lower price and saw the value of the house rise.

Oh, great, so they took out a loan of almost $1 million with minimal money down?

They ‘need $300,000 to live middle class’ is only because your hypothetical family was astoundingly stupid with their money.


Turning a $200,000 down payment on a $1.2 million house, into $500,000 + the principal paydown over several years isn’t too shabby. I’d take it.

How much has your $300K house increased over the past several years?

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Nice to see you respond with derision to people questioning your example.

In your ‘example’ your couple took out essentially a million dollars in debt for the house and car with – as your example shows – essentially zero leeway in their budget. That’s one job layoff, medical emergency or real estate crash (pretty sure it’s happened before) from total financial disaster.

I’ll repeat – the reason your family ‘needs’ $300,000 is because it’s an example of a family being incredibly stupid with their money.

> How much has your $300K house increased over the past several years?

Completely irrelevant to the point at hand, but since you asked, roughly 10% over the past two years. And I don’t owe a dime on it. Thanks for asking.

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A $27,000 gain in two years on your home is great! Not sure where you think this derision is coming from. Just look at your initial comment. Making a $300K gain is pretty good and I think many people would take it too.

I think the key to happiness is minimizing the comparison of one’s situation with others. Be happy you paid cash. No need to say someone who took out a mortgage is “astoundingly stupid.” Be happy with your $27,000 gain in two years. No need to say someone who made 11X more in the same timeframe is a fool.

Dang!! $300K? In Hawaii, not many households even make half of that amount.


Jason says

Sam – I thought I did with my link to the AP article and the stats from the last recession. For 99% of people in the world, there are 2 keys to success:

1. Resilience 2. Education

Sure, if you are born a billionaires kid you probably don’t need either to get by. From my experience though, a large majority needs both. A vast minority does not need education but the earnings statistics prove the value of a college education. There are problems on the cost side. That is clear. For me to have to spend $165K for 4 years of Penn State (all on the main campus though) is incredible.


Zach says

If you’re willing to slum it a little, living in a not-so-nice neighborhood can save money.

I bought a home in East San Jose in 2010, still close to the bottom of the market. We are not in Evergreen, which is where the upper middle class types live; we’re a few miles south.

Given living in a poor school district, there is an after-school program that both my kindergartener and second grader qualify for. They go into it directly after school program for free, although we have to pay about ~$70/mo for the 1.5 hours D5 gets out a little earlier, they watch her on campus. We pick them up at 6PM. I estimate this saves us ~$1200/mo in child care expenses.

There is also a summer robotics “camp” in the same district. It is 7 weeks and costs $4.50/day, and it includes meals.

Another interesting thing is that their primary school is the first in the county to put all children on and “all kids go to college” track, starting in Transitional Kindergarten. The Asian kids in the Evergreen district don’t have to worry about that since their parents will make sure they all go to college (*wink*) but for the rest of us, it’s an interesting program.

I make in the $120k-130k range (depending upon bonus and whatever stock I liquidate each year), pay some child support, and do just fine here. I anticipate paying off my home in about 10 years, after which I either retire, or have the liquidity to pay for my kids’ college. I only put $150/mo into their 529s (I originally put $100/mo for every month since they were born, but increased it this month), which will pay for tuition at a local college if they choose to live at home. My thinking at this point is that they need to take ownership of the funds I’ve set aside for them. If they choose to blow it trying to go out of state, good luck to them. If they choose to take AP courses and/or get their AA/AS in high school in order to eliminate time at a 2 year or minimize time at a 4 year college, then even better.



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