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About The Nissan Leaf

Vehicle Summary

The Nissan Leaf is a compact, five-door electric car with a hatchback design. Its first generation was introduced in the United States in 2010, though it received a major overhaul for the 2018 model year. The Nissan Leaf has set itself apart from traditional hybrids by running 100% on electricity. This plug-in electric car has an EPA-estimated range of up to 226 miles in its most recent model year, making the Nissan Leaf a great option for green-conscious individuals who don’t want to sacrifice their driving experience.1 Meanwhile, its compact size makes it ideal for maneuvering around tight corners and in crowded city streets.

The Nissan Leaf is currently in its second generation (model years 2018-present) of production, and there have been some notable changes between the first and second generations. For example, the new generation of Nissan Leaf features an innovative e-Pedal mode, which offers regenerative braking without the need to depress the brake pedal.

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

Nissan Leaf Trim Configurations

The most recent generation of the Nissan Leaf (2018 and 2019 model years) is available in three trim options. All three trims in the 2019 model year are also available in a "Plus" configuration, which includes a more powerful 62 kWh battery. There are a few other key features that set each trim level in the 2018-2019 Nissan Leaf apart.

Nissan Leaf S

• Five-inch central display

• 16-inch wheels

• Standard charging

Nissan Leaf SV

• Seven-inch touchscreen display

• 17-inch wheels

• Included Charge package (allows for connecting to 120- and 240-volt wall outlets)

• Smartphone integration

Nissan Leaf SL

• Bose seven-speaker sound system

• Leather upholstery

• Heated seats, steering wheel, and side mirrors

It is also worth noting that each trim level on the Nissan Leaf has optional package add-ons. For example, the base S trim has an optional Charge package that allows the vehicle to be plugged into traditional wall outlets for easier charging. The SV and SL both have an available Technology package that includes such features as blind-spot monitoring, lane departure, and adaptive cruise control.

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Does the Nissan Leaf take gas?

No, the Nissan Leaf does not have a gas engine. Unlike traditional hybrids that use a gas engine in conjunction with a battery, the Nissan Leaf is run 100% on electricity through its innovative lithium ion battery.

How much does it cost to replace the battery in a Nissan Leaf?

The cost to replace the battery in a Nissan Leaf can vary depending on your specific model year. According to Clean Technica, you can generally expect to spend around $5,500 on a new Nissan Leaf battery, which includes installation. For older models of the Nissan Leaf, an additional adapter kit is required to retrofit a new battery. This may require an additional cost as well.  

What kind of plug does the Nissan Leaf use?

Nissan offers three battery-charging options for the Nissan Leaf. A Level 1 charging station consists of a standard 120-volt wall plug and is ideal for overnight use and driving short ranges. A Level 2 plug consists of a 240-volt outlet, which some homes are equipped with, but others may require retrofitting. DC Fast Charger stations are also available in different locations across the country and are designed to completely charge the Leaf's battery in significantly less time than Level 1 and Level 2 chargers. 

How many miles can I go on a full charge in the Nissan Leaf?

The range of a Nissan Leaf will depend on whether the vehicle has a 62 kWh battery or a 40 kWh battery. For example, a 2019 Leaf with a 62 kWh battery can travel an EPA-estimated range of 226 miles on a single battery charge.1 With the standard 40 kWh battery, the 2019 Leaf still has an EPA-estimated range of 150 miles.1

How many years with a Nissan Leaf Battery last on average?

The life expectancy of a Nissan Leaf battery is an estimated 8-10 years. This can vary based on how frequently you drive, how often the battery is charged, and how well you generally take care of your vehicle. 

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

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Reliability Research

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Nissan Leaf an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks the Nissan Leaf 3rd out of 4 among alternative fuels.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Nissan Leaf is $748, compared to an average of $513 for alternative fuels and $719 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Nissan Leaf owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.2 times per year, compared to an average of 0.4 times for alternative fuels and 0.5 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 10% for the Nissan Leaf, compared to an average of 10% for alternative fuels and 13% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/31/2018. Learn more.


Reviews for Nissan Leaf

Overall Rating

4.5 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Makes an excelent commuter/2nd car.

This can makes a great commuter (if you have enough range). Not paying for gas is nice. It is actually fun to drive with a low center of gravity and lots of low-end torque.


  • Cost to Maintain: VERY low cost of ownership
  • Cabin Noise: Extreamly quiet... even at high speeds.
  • Technology and Entertainment: Lots of bells and whistes, the backup camera and bluetooth are my favorites.


  • Fuel Economy: By "Fuel" I'm referring to the charge in the batteries, you only get so far and then it takes a while to charge. Just be aware of your needs and make sure you have plenty of range.

- Adam Stevens, 2011 Nissan Leaf

Great car for the money

If you drive less then 60 miles a day it's the perfect economy car. Cost of owning a Nissan Leaf is just the payments and insurance. I drive about 20 miles a day cost of electric is about 00.60 cents a day. No Smog, no oil changes, NO GAS Quite, Fast if you need it, Handles great and fun, comfort is good for a small car At first you will worry about how many miles you have left to drive even when it says you have 45 miles left, but you have only 5 miles to drive. and you will charge every time you get out of the car, Now I only charge twice a week


  • Fuel Economy: NO GAS
  • Cost to Maintain: if everthing goes right all most nothing
  • Power: Take it out of eco and fly


  • Braking: Very senctive, Because charging when you slow down
  • Reliability: Battery is unknow, if you buy a used one make sure the battery is good. or you may be taking a chance on the warrenty of the battery 5 years or 60k miles, Lots of Leaf owner are over the 100k mark and battery is still good

- Charles Merrill, 2013 Nissan Leaf

Best car I've owned

This car is very smooth and quiet. It has plenty of power when you need it. The amenities are incredible for the value. I have driven this car approximately 6,ooo miles and haven't spend a dime on gas!


  • Cost to Maintain: No Gas, oil changes, air filter, etc.
  • Technology and Entertainment: Blue tooth, navigation, heated seats, etc.
  • Ride and Handling: Very quiet


  • Braking: Can be grabby at stops

- Ed Rusnak, 2013 Nissan Leaf

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