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2019 Nissan Leaf

2019 Nissan Leaf

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$17,037 — $44,004 NEW and USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
105-113 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Driving range
  • Feels light and nimble
  • Performance in Normal driving mode
  • Brake pedal feel
  • Useful e-Pedal system
  • Effective ProPilot Assist technology

The Bad

  • Ride harshness
  • Performance in Eco driving mode
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope, only tilts
  • Rear-seat comfort for adult passengers
  • Huge ledge where cargo floor and folded backseat meet
  • Too much hard plastic in cabin
2019 Nissan Leaf exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Nissan Leaf
  • New Plus version with around 226 miles of range
  • Rear Door Alert now standard
  • All-electric, five-seat compact hatchback
  • EPA-estimated 150-mile driving range standard
  • e-Pedal one-pedal-driving system standard
  • ProPilot Assist driver-assist safety system available

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2019 Nissan Leaf Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Nissan Leaf?

The Nissan Leaf hatchback, one of the earliest mainstream electric cars when it debuted for the 2011 model year, was redesigned for 2018 and now features an EPA-estimated driving range of 150 miles on a charge.

The five-seat Leaf is powered by a standard 147-horsepower electric motor and has a 40-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged in about eight hours at 240 volts. A new longer-range 2019 Leaf Plus has a bigger battery pack and a more powerful electric motor. The front-wheel-drive Leaf competes with EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq EV and Volkswagen e-Golf.

What's New on the 2019 Nissan Leaf?

The newly available Leaf Plus has an estimated driving range of around 226 miles. Rear Door Alert, which activates a warning and honks the horn as reminders to check the backseat, is now standard.

What Features in the 2019 Nissan Leaf Are Most Important?

With an estimated range of 150 miles standard, the regular Leaf trails the Bolt EV's 238-mile range (as well as the Tesla Model 3's maximum of 310 miles), but it exceeds that of the Ioniq EV and e-Golf (124 and 125 miles, respectively). The new Leaf Plus brings the hatchback's range closer to the Bolt EV's and should help dampen most range-anxiety concerns. A quick-charge port that's optional for the S trim level and included on the SV and SL can charge the standard battery to 80 percent of its capacity in as little as 40 minutes at a fast-charging station.

All Leafs have e-Pedal, which can initiate gradual braking by simply lifting off the accelerator pedal. SV and SL models include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and the NissanConnect system can help find available charging stations. The optional ProPilot Assist system can steer the car in its lane and maintain a set distance from traffic directly ahead all the way down to a complete stop.

Automatic emergency braking is standard, and available safety features include lane departure warning, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. A 360-degree camera system is also available.

Should I Buy the 2019 Nissan Leaf?

Buying an electric car requires a commitment to managing the electric range and living with its limitations. The Model 3 is in a different price category, so the real rivals are EVs such as the Bolt EV and Ioniq EV. The Bolt EV's longer standard range is a plus but try all three before deciding which suits your needs best.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Nice upgrade

by Brian from Edgewater MD on June 4, 2020

Love it. Comfort style economy and very little maintenance. Charges slower than my Bolt but more comfortable. Nice style. Needs more USB ports and a telescoping wheel Read full review

(5.0)

Exceeding My Expectations

by DrJ from Edina, MN on May 25, 2020

This is my second Nissan Leaf and is a great leap forward from my original GEN 1 Leaf. I am sold on electric vehicles. Compared Leaf to Chevrolet Bolt and very happy I chose the Leaf. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Nissan Leaf currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    N/A

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Leaf received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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