2019 Nissan LeafChange year or vehicle
Key specs of the base trim
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- Driving range
- Feels light and nimble
- Performance in Normal driving mode
- Brake pedal feel
- Useful e-Pedal system
- Effective ProPilot Assist technology
- 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
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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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.
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
Exceeding My Expectations
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
The 2019 Nissan Leaf currently has 1 recall
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
36 months / 36,000 miles
60 months / 60,000 miles
36 months / unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer Certification Required