Terrific EV power in a compact package.

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The first-generation LEAF was released in 2009, and the second generation came of age in 2017 with an increased EV range and sportier look. If it's an electric vehicle you're looking for, then read more in our review of the 2019 Nissan LEAF. Here's what we'll cover:

Key Specs & Features

  • The base 2019 LEAF can cover an estimated 150 miles on a full charge, and the 2019 LEAF Plus an estimated range of 226 miles.1 The SV trim includes a Level 3 charging package.
  • The instant torque in the 2019 LEAF is a satisfying demonstration of the power of the electric motor. With a total of 236 lb.-ft. of torque, your LEAF will deliver the speed you need when your foot presses the pedal.
  • The e-Pedal is designed to allow you to use the accelerator to move forward and also to brake by simply easing off. If you need to stop quickly and aggressively, the brake pedal is there to assist.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. All the comforts in an all-electric package

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The LEAF will check all of your boxes if you're seeking a vehicle that can be comfortable and roomy, with a peppy electric motor that easily propels it down highways and country roads alike. In the second generation (2017–present), Nissan has continued to improve the LEAF in meaningful ways to its customers.

2. Room to move

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With 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space when the second-row seats are up and 30 cubic feet with the seats down, there is plenty of room. Nissan says the cargo space fits four golf bags or an adult-sized bicycle when the seats are tucked in. With a 60/40 split option, you can use your LEAF in a variety of ways.

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3. Torque and power

A zippy electric vehicle, the LEAF delivers low-end torque, which propels the car forward quickly and smoothly. That instant power gives you satisfaction as you get a jump on every drive you make from the start. A low center of gravity adds stability and enjoyable handling to the ride in your LEAF.

4. Three distinct operational modes

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Normal drive mode is the de facto setting. Eco mode reduces power output and increases regenerative braking to give you back a little range. B-mode, the most unique of the three, engages regenerative braking during deceleration.

5. Pro-Pilot Assist

Nissan's ProPILOT Assist feature is available on the 2019 LEAF SV trim and above, adding driver-assist technology to the mix. This innovative system combines smart cruise control and lane-keeping, gently reducing stress and fatigue by helping the driver steer even as their hands are on the wheel. By minimizing driver tiredness, ProPILOT Assist is making driving more fun, allowing for longer road trips and adventures.

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What You Need To Know


The LEAF is available in six trims: S, SV, SL, S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus.

  • S: This base trim comes standard with cloth seats, a rearview camera, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat, automatic emergency braking, push-button start, and a 120-volt portable charging cable. Bluetooth®, five-inch infotainment system display, satellite radio, and a four-speaker stereo system also come standard.
  • Two packages are optional for the S trim: The Charge package, which adds a 120V/240V portable charging cable and a quick-charge port and the All-Weather package, which includes heated front seats, steering wheel, and outside mirrors.
  • SV: Adds adaptive cruise control, fog lights, an infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, six speakers, quick-charge port, HD Radio, navigation, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, voice recognition, and NissanConnect.
  • Optional packages for the SV: The All-Weather package, with a hybrid heater system, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and outside mirrors, and rear heater ducts. The Technology package includes high-beam assist, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, eight-way power driver seat, LED headlights, a 120/240V charging cable, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and ProPilot Assist.
  • SL: Adds the All-Weather package above as standard, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, a seven-speaker Bose® premium audio system, a hybrid-heater system, 360-degree parking camera. blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver-drowsiness monitoring. A Technology package, which adds high-beam assist, ProPILOT Assist, pedestrian detection, and lane keep assist, is optional.
  • S Plus: Starts with all the features of the S, but delivers 214 hp (vs 147 hp on the S). This trim includes a quick-charge port, forward collision warning, six speakers, and suede accents. It also upgrades the display to eight inches and features the All-Weather package as optional.
  • SV Plus: Adds adaptive cruise control and fog lights plus infotainment perks like HD Radio, satellite radio, and an eight-inch touchscreen navigation system. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and voice recognition are standard on this trim, and the All-Weather package and the Technology package come optional.
  • SL Plus: Adds LED headlights, heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicator, heated front seats and steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, and leather upholstery. Driver-assistance technology includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a 360-degree parking camera; ProPILOT Assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver-drowsiness monitoring. A seven-speaker Bose premium audio system rounds out the features of this premium trim.


  • Brilliant Silver Metallic (all trims)
  • Deep Blue Pearl (all trims)
  • Gun Metallic (all trims)
  • Jade Frost Metallic (SV and higher trims)
  • Pearl White Tricoat (all trims)
  • Scarlet Ember Tintcoat (SV and higher trims)
  • Super Black (all trims)
  • Two-Tone Pearl White/Super Black (SV and higher trims)

Interior options

  • Black cloth (S, SV, SV Plus, and S Plus trims)
  • Black leather (SL and SL Plus)
  • Light gray leather (SL and SL Plus)

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The Bottom Line

The 2019 Nissan LEAF is a gem with a host of unique features. The LEAF’s attention to driver-assist technologies and infotainment make this a great choice for anyone looking for an electric vehicle with variable seating, cargo configurations, and plenty of style.

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1Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov
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