2019 Nissan Leaf

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2019 Nissan Leaf
2019 Nissan Leaf

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2019 Nissan Leaf trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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

2019 Nissan Leaf review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Our first all-electric vehicle!

We just purchased this car, and so far it's everything we wanted--all electric, comfortable, safety features are unbelievable, and performance doesn't suffer a bit from being all electric.

4.1

first electric

I wanted to join the zero emmission club and the leaf is a great way to start. I leased the base model (140 mile range) and I'm going to buy it as it maintained its value better than expected. Great performance, hard to go back to fossil fuel dinosaurs after driving it. The seats are really comfy, even good for long distance driving. Needs a little interior design mods, more cubbys. Love the dash and instrumentation. Needs better tires. Great paint, lots of metal flakes. Perfect for local delivery vehicle, very economical. Buy, don't lease, you get better rebates.

4.6

Great Electric Vecicle

I have had my Leaf for 18 months. It had preformed great. The only issue is in the winter the battery charge a small amount less. Otherwise everything great.

See all 22 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
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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