2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback

2019 Nissan LEAF
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2019 Nissan LEAF
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What’s new

  • Optional larger battery pack (delayed availability)
  • Part of the second Leaf generation introduced for 2018


  • Quick, smooth acceleration
  • Broad complement of driver assistance features
  • Offers more range than similarly priced EVs
  • Quiet driving experience


  • Lacks a telescoping steering wheel
  • Limited small-item storage
  • The back seats don't fold flat

Which LEAF does Edmunds recommend?

The base S model packs a ton of value, but the lack of a Level 3 charging system rules out road trips. You can add one via the Charge package, but the price is high for a single option. That's why we'd go with the mid-tier SV, which adds the Charge package, along with a few other goodies. Chief among these is a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. You'll have to upgrade to the SV anyway if you want your Leaf with the ProPilot Assist suite of driving aids.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.9 / 10

The first-generation Nissan Leaf's low price, highway-safe top speed and nationwide availability made it the first mass-market electric vehicle. It debuted with 73 miles of range, and over the years Nissan brought out bigger batteries and increased range that allowed the Leaf to keep in step with newer rivals. That is, until the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt launched recently, each boasting more than 200 miles of range on a single charge.

The 2019 Leaf offers 150 miles of range on a charge, which is far less than the Bolt's 238 miles or the Model 3's 310 miles. The new Hyundai Kona Electric should be another strong pick this year thanks to its 258 miles of range. There are strong rumors that Nissan will be fighting back, however. An optional larger battery pack should debut later in the model year that will provide more than 200 miles of range.

Even if you can't wait, there are still very good reasons to consider the regular Leaf. First of all, 150 miles is still plenty of range and can meet the demands of most commutes and daily errands. Another big selling point is its price: The Leaf undercuts the Bolt and Model 3 by thousands of dollars. We also like its refined driver assistance features and quiet, upscale interior.

The one thing for sure is that there are more choices than ever for an electric vehicle. If you're shopping for an EV, the Leaf is a strong contender.

2019 Nissan LEAF configurations

The 2019 Nissan Leaf is a compact electric hatchback available in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. As the lowest trim level, the S is a bit bare-bones, at least as electric mobility goes. But you can add the optional Charge package for quicker recharging. Otherwise, it's still a very functional car since it comes with all the range and performance of the other trim levels. The SV adds the Charge package and navigation as standard, along with a larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-level SL adds leather seats, LED headlights, and a host of comfort features.

Regardless of trim, the Leaf delivers up to 150 miles of range on a full charge of its 40-kWh battery pack. Charging times range from 35 hours using a household-style 110-volt outlet to 7.5 hours using a 220-volt charging station.

The base S comes with a 110-kW electric motor (147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque), 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, a rear spoiler, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, a tilt-only steering wheel, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split rear seats, a 5-inch central display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio. Forward collision warning with automatic braking is also standard.

The optional Charge package includes a DC fast-charger port (CHAdeMO standard) and a portable charge cable capable of connecting to 120- and 240-volt sources. The fast-charging option can recharge a depleted battery from zero to 80 percent in just 40 minutes.

The SV comes with the Charge package, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, adaptive cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, NissanConnect (Nissan's web connectivity and remote-access system) and a six-speaker audio system with HD radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Optional for the SV is the SV Technology package. It adds a power-adjustable driver's seat (with two-way power lumbar), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED headlights and running lights, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and the ProPilot Assist suite of driving aids (automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capabilities, lane departure warning and intervention, pedestrian detection for the automatic braking function, and an electronic parking brake).

Also optional for the S and SV is an All Weather package with heated side mirrors, heated front seats and steering wheel, rear heater vents and a heat pump cabin heater (SV only).

As the top model, the SL adds the All Weather package and the SV Technology package (minus ProPilot Assist). Also standard are a 360-degree parking camera, leather upholstery, a Bose seven-speaker sound system and a cargo cover. The only option for this trim is the SL Technology package, which adds the ProPilot Assist driving aids.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Nissan Leaf SL.


With its more powerful electric motor, the second-generation Nissan Leaf feels far more at home when jockeying for position in traffic than the original car, which was a bit of a slug. Its general smoothness, competent chassis demeanor and steering feel will be utterly familiar to Leaf veterans.


The original was a tortoise, but this second-gen Leaf is more of a hare. Acceleration is brisk, and it's gutsy enough to hold its own in traffic. We can't call it a speed demon, but our measured 0-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds is far better than the 10.2-second performance of the original.


The brakes feel smooth, but most routine braking can be handled by easing off the accelerator if you engage the fantastic new e-pedal mode, which adds control and a bit of fun to the daily drive. In our panic-stop test, the Leaf posted a stopping distance of 128 feet, which is average.


The steering isn't particularly intuitive. The Leaf goes where it's pointed, but the resistance doesn't naturally increase to match the car's turning.


The low-slung battery helps the Leaf hug the road, and it has the balance and coordination necessary to inspire confidence. But the Leaf's economy-minded tires don't produce enough grip to satisfy those who seek performance and an engaging driving experience.


As with most EVs, smooth, instant power and a total absence of shifting make the Nissan Leaf ridiculously easy to drive. It's a good choice if you want to impress your passengers with your chauffeuring skills.


It's hard to find fault with the Leaf's basic comfort. It delivers a smooth ride, and the front seats are genuinely comfortable. It's a very serene place to spend time thanks to the inherent quietness of its electric propulsion system.

Seat comfort

We like the Leaf's front seats. They're well-shaped and supportive, yet they still have a nice level of give. They're not overly confining, and they look as if they're well made. Our test driver found them comfortable throughout a four-hour suburban test loop.

Ride comfort

The Leaf's ride is smooth and nicely controlled — it's neither too rigid nor too buoyant. It's good at swallowing large and small bumps alike, but a little road texture feel and intermittent jiggliness do come through.

Noise & vibration

The Leaf's electric drive components don't make any noise and lack the commotion that a non-EV car makes when it changes gears. Wind and road noise is the remaining potential noise source, but it isn't overly prominent.

Climate control

The climate control system is reasonably effective, and you don't have to wait through an engine warm-up phase to get heat because of its electric nature. Liberal use will eat into your range, but this is less of an issue with this big battery. Use the seat heaters instead if you want to conserve.


Those who have owned the last-generation Leaf will find this one familiar but improved. It features a traditionally located speedometer and improved radio controls. Seating spaciousness and ease of entry are strong points, but the driving position still suffers from the lack of a telescoping wheel.

Ease of use

Basic controls such as window switches and steering stalks are simple and effective. The infotainment system is straightforward, and even though the climate controls look dated, their use is self-evident. Our main gripe pertains to the shifter, which is so odd it includes its own user diagram.

Getting in/getting out

The long doors open wide, and the doorsills are pretty short. The seat height is good for ease of entry, and the roof isn't so low that you have to duck. The rear door openings are generous, and the flattish roofline helps aid entry there, too.

Driving position

Some drivers might find it hard to settle into their ideal position. The driver's seat is mounted somewhat high and may not adjust down far enough to suit the tallest pilots. But the bigger issue could be the tilt-only steering wheel. Without a telescoping function, the wheel can seem far away for some drivers.


We found plenty of front and rear legroom, and headroom is generous as well. The Leaf's cabin isn't terribly wide, but it feels appropriate for its size.


It's easy to see out thanks to the generously sized windows. Cornering sight lines are aided by peekaboo windows ahead of the front windows, but the rear roof pillars produce a bigger blind spot. The bottom edge of the rear glass is nice and low.


The interior materials in the Nissan Leaf look a grade better than those of its predecessor and appropriate for the price point. The leather seats in the SL are downright handsome, in fact. Though technically not a quality issue, the interior uses some materials carried over from the previous-generation Leaf, which stand out compared to the newer elements.


The Leaf offers an impressive amount of cargo space when the seats are in use. Maximum capacity isn't that easy to use because the seats come nowhere near to folding flat. Small-item storage up front could be better.

Small-item storage

You'll want to put most of your things in the cargo area because the pickings are slim up front. The center console box is tight, and the glove compartment is average. You get slender door pockets with molded-in bottle holders and two cupholders in the center console.

Cargo space

The Leaf's standard cargo space is impressive when the rear seats are in the normal position due to a very low floor. Fold them flat, however, and the picture worsens because the overly simplistic folding mechanism merely piles the seatbacks atop the bottom cushions to create a 10-inch tall barrier.

Child safety seat accommodation

The wide doors and near-horizontal roofline ease access to strapped-in children, and the fairly generous amount of backseat room helps to accommodate rear-facing seats. The three top anchors are easy to use, but the lower LATCH anchors are somewhat buried in a gap in the seat cushions.


This is where the original Leaf fell flat, but the second-generation version has made huge strides. We like the new audio system and its support of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And ProPilot Assist, while not a hands-free automated driving system, is effective at easing the driver's workload in freeway traffic.

Audio & navigation

The SV and SL versions of the Leaf come with a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system that supports AM/FM, HD radio and satellite radio with real-time traffic information. Two knobs provide volume and tune control, and there are easily understood hard buttons for more complex adjustments.

Smartphone integration

The Leaf has a USB port that allows a smartphone to be connected, and the upgraded 7-inch touchscreen audio system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Alternatively, you can stream music with Bluetooth audio, and those who prefer to go old school can use the aux jack.

Driver aids

Automatic emergency braking is standard on all models; the SL and SV offer standard adaptive cruise control. Optional ProPilot Assist adds a more advanced system that includes a more sophisticated lane keeping assist function to help the driver in freeway commuting.

Voice control

All Leafs have voice controls for Bluetooth-connected phones, and those with the 7-inch touchscreen also have voice controls for audio and navigation functions. The menus are fairly straightforward, but certain phrasing is necessary to get your point across.

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Features & Specs

124 city / 99 hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
147 hp @ 3282 rpm
124 city / 99 hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
147 hp @ 3282 rpm
124 city / 99 hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
147 hp @ 3282 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite LEAF safety features:

ProPilot Assist
Keeps the car centered within your lane in order to reduce driver fatigue.
Advanced Airbag System
The front airbags adjust inflation rate based on crash severity, and side bags adjust based on seat position, helping to minimize injury.
Automatic Emergency Braking
Detects an imminent forward collision. Can warn the driver and automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested

Nissan Leaf vs. the competition

2019 Nissan Leaf

2019 Nissan Leaf

2019 Chevrolet Bolt

2019 Chevrolet Bolt

Nissan Leaf vs. Chevrolet Bolt

The Leaf's low price tag and relatively long range (most EVs fall short of the Leaf's 150-mile estimate) make it an ideal car for buyers keeping fairly close to home. If you want the ability to go on road trips, however, the Chevrolet Bolt is a good option. The Bolt's base price almost costs the same as a fully loaded Leaf, but it offers an astounding 238 miles of range. Since cold temperatures reduce an electric vehicle's range, the Bolt's large battery pack makes it a viable choice for those living in snowy climes. To learn more about the Bolt of this generation, read Edmunds' long-term road test of a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Premier.

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Nissan Leaf vs. Chevrolet Volt

Though only one letter separates the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt, these two compact hatchbacks could not be any more different. The Bolt is a purely electric car, while the Volt is a plug-in hybrid. Once the Volt's 53-mile EV range has been depleted, a four-cylinder engine kicks on to keep the party going. The Volt offers the best of both worlds, effectively eliminating range anxiety. To learn more about the Volt of this generation, read Edmunds' long-term road test of a 2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier.

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Nissan Leaf vs. Toyota Prius

The Volt and Bolt are both motivated by electricity, but only the Volt uses gasoline as a backup. The Toyota Prius is solely powered by gasoline (though the Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, like the Bolt). You'll still visit the pump to refuel it, though the Prius' exceptional fuel economy ratings ensure you don't have to go very often. The Prius' more conventional powertrain makes it far less expensive than the others. To learn more about the Prius of this generation, read Edmunds' long-term road test of a 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring.

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More about the 2019 Nissan LEAF

The 2019 Nissan Leaf is an affordable and easy-to-use electric vehicle, and the revisions made last year make it more competitive in a variety of areas. Its performance and range jumped up heartily, while its additional driver assistance features bring it into the modern era. By offering tailored packages and minimal options, Nissan made the Leaf easy and convenient to configure.

All Leafs have the same 147-horsepower motor and 40-kWh battery pack providing an estimated 150 miles of range. A 6.6-kWh charger pulls juice to recharge the Leaf in 7.5 hours if you use a 220-volt charging station, or 35 hours when using a standard, household-style 110-volt outlet. When equipped with the Charge package, the Leaf can plug into a Level 3 charger to charge the battery from zero to 80 percent in 40 minutes.

Nissan Leafs are sold in S, SV and SL trim levels. The S trim features Bluetooth, a USB port for smartphone connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and keyless entry and ignition. Both SV and SL trims add to those features alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and a built-in 7-inch navigation system. A ProPilot Assist suite is available on SV and SL trims, adding several advanced driving aids for extra driving security.

NissanConnect EV is also standard on SV and SL trims, and it allows you to control charging and climate control systems from your smartphone when your Leaf is plugged into a charger. The Charge package is standard for these trims, and it increases charge speeds by incorporating a high-speed Level 3 DC charge port (CHAdeMO standard). The Charge package is optional on the standard S trim, and we strongly advise getting it.

Differences between the SV and SL are primarily comfort- and convenience-oriented: The SV wraps the seats in a special fabric, and the SL features leather. The SL adds a power driver seat, LED headlights, Bose premium audio, and heated front seats, outside mirrors and steering wheel.

All new Leaf buyers are eligible to receive a federal tax credit, and additional rebates are often offered at the state level. Let Edmunds help you navigate the electric vehicle field to find the best 2019 Nissan Leaf for you.

2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback Overview

The 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback is offered in the following styles: SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD).

What do people think of the 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback and all its trim types. 0 Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 LEAF Hatchback.

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2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)

The 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,095. The average price paid for a new 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $4,767 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is12.8% below the MSRP.

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2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)

The 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,655. The average price paid for a new 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $2,445 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is7.1% below the MSRP.

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2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)

The 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,865. The average price paid for a new 2019 Nissan LEAF Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $4,908 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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