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.