2019 Nissan Leaf Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos


Whether you’re opting for the standard 2019 Nissan Leaf or the longer-range Leaf Plus, there are three trim levels: base S, mid-level SV, and top-of-the-line SL.

Buyers expect different things from the Leaf, which Nissan recognizes. For its price-conscious bundling of features and options, we rate the Leaf at 6 out of 10, giving it one extra point for all the flexibility you have in going basic or going fully loaded. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Even at the base S level, which costs about $31,000 before incentives, the Leaf comes with cruise control, keyless ignition, and automatic climate control. This model can be identified by its steel wheels. DC fast-charging is optional on the Leaf S, but standard on the Leaf Plus S.

The mid-range SV is the way we’d go for $33,500 as it’s the most flexible. It gets intelligent cruise control, fog lamps, and upgraded 17-inch machined-finish alloy wheels and Michelin Energy Saver tires. SV models also open up the possibility of an All Weather Package with heated seats, a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, rear climate ducts, and a hybrid heater using a heat pump.

Top SL models cost more than $37,000 and get Bose premium audio, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED headlamps and running lamps, a power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, front heated seats, and rear climate control ducts.

Upgrading S, SL or SV models to S Plus, SL Plus, or SV Plus adds about $6,000 to the price. All Plus models get an 8.0-inch infotainment screen.

On either SV or SL models you can upgrade to a Technology Package that brings ProPilot Assist, a full-range adaptive cruise control system, and the suite of upgraded active-safety items, including pedestrian detection and cross-traffic assist.

The base S comes with a 5.0-inch display with four audio speakers and a CD player. SV and SL models step up to an 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, built-in navigation, satellite radio, and HD Radio, as well as NissanConnect EV telematics services, to allow remote battery monitoring and climate pre-conditioning.

On all 2019 Leaf models there’s a 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger, capable at 240 volts (Level 2) of charging the Leaf to full in 7.5 hours, or the Leaf Plus in 11.5 hours. One key technical advantage for the Leaf Plus is its 100-kw CHAdeMO DC fast charging capability, which can charge the Plus’ much larger 62-kwh battery to 80 percent in 45 minutes. Other Leaf models with the smaller 40-kwh battery have 50-kw DC fast charging that will charge the battery to 80 percent in about 40 minutes.

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