2019 Nissan Leaf

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$29,990

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Hatchback

Body style

112
Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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150 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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8 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

40-45 mins.
DC fast charging DC fast charging

DC fast charging is the fastest way to charge and only available at pay-for-use public charging stations, though some EVs come with complimentary charging for a limited time. Real-world DC fast charging times can vary greatly, even on the same vehicle, because of this type of charging’s sensitivities to ambient and battery conditions. DC fast charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

40 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

5

Seating capacity

176.4” x 61.4”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

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

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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 4.5
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Spectacular value

Spectacular car, highly practical and great value for the money. Spacious and comfortable ride. The range is sufficient for my commute and errands I have to run. If needed it can go fast. Just be careful bc going 80mph or more will drain the battery quick. As long as you don't need to speed all the time it's a great car.

5.0

Will greatly improve your life if you let it!

I did a lot of research the week before I purchased my Nissan Leaf. I read reviews, watched videos, and investigated the warranty policies. I focused on all the negative reviews. Everyone I read talked about the lack of distance, wasting their time charging, getting stranded, etc. I wanted to know what the worst possible outcome was. If I was content with the worst possible outcome, then I believe I could handle owning the car. I think there is a huge misconception about electric cars. I think as a society we are expecting them to be just like regular cars. All my research highlighted one thing; this was not going to be like owning a regular car. Anyone who goes into the purchase and expecting nothing in their life to change, will be sorely disappointed. Buying an electric car is a lifestyle change. It forced me to be a better planner, improved my time management, and opened traveling possibilities I couldn’t financially afford before. Charging my car while I am out has been a huge bonus! I have explored places and had experiences that never would have happened with a gas car. Life moves fast and my electric car forces me to stop and smell the roses, I couldn’t be happier.

3.0

Once you go EV, you will never go EV again

The Leaf SV Plus is my first and last all electric vehicle. I have owned for 3 years now. The amount of my life I have wasted sitting at a stupid charge station is ridiculous to even think about and I’ll never get those hours and hours back. The Range is so limiting it effects every day decisions with travel. I’ve taken 100 mile trips and long fast trips cut the range by 30% at least, cold weather cuts range by 20 to 30% pending how cold it is, oh and if you want to be warm while driving in the cold, be prepared to lose even more range. Hot day out? AC is going to cost you range, batteries must stay cool so when hot enough weather hits the onboard cooling system sucks battery life keeping the batteries cool. The Batteries on these are marketed like you can go speed chargers and be on your way, you can if you want to destroy the battery in your car and to these cars, the battery is everything. Fast chargers damage the battery, speeds up it’s capacity lose, so does charging to 100%, that is bad to, so much for getting all that range as promised, going below 30% damages the battery. Basically your battery is happy and healthy if you stay between 30% and 80% so 50% of your battery is actually useful. High output of energy is bad for the battery, so you like showing off the torque on your electric motor? Thats killing your battery too. so when you go to trade in and the battery health shows 91% of its original capacity, that means the range is gone and no one will want that car, it will be worthless. The charging infrastructure is horrible, so many are broken, taken up already finding a charger can be a time xxxxxxx event all in its self. Apps show a charger free, i leave the app open, refresh it to make sure nothing changes as i’m getting there, I get there and all taken, apps still say available. I drive 15 minutes out of my way in nasty traffic to see it was a lie and now i gotta go on the hunt. I’m not living my life, doing what i need to do. No, I’m wasting my time searching for a charger so I can sit there for 2 hours or more. Then you see plug-in hybrids taking up chargers when they can go get gas and go as far as they want. I need that charge or i ain’t moving, that is flustering too. I gotta say the EV is a stupid idea and they can never be adapted as a primary source of transportation for most people. They do make good around town. So you have an extra 50 grand for basically a cool gulf cart then it’s your dream come true. You go EV you best have a real car that you can turn to when you wanna get somewhere farther away and get there in this lifetime.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
Powertrain
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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