Nissan Leaf review

Our most recent review of the Nissan Leaf was in early 2019 when we looked at Nissan Leaf Plus:

 The 40kWh Leaf has 150 miles of EPA range, whereas the Leaf Plus has 226 miles. A couple hundred pounds of extra weight from the larger battery reduces efficiency slightly, though we don’t have EPA MPGe numbers yet, so we’ll have to extrapolate from the results of our drive.

So this review concludes by stating that the Leaf Plus is more of a good thing. Nissan has put together another solid package that improves on last year’s offering in many ways, and offers good options for buyers. Those who realize they’ll rarely need 200 miles of range can save several thousand dollars with the base model, and those who want more power, greater range, and additional included features still have a good choice in the Plus. Assuming the price comes in at the level we guessed above, the Leaf Plus remains an easy car to recommend for buyers looking for a comfortable, usable daily driver.

In 2018, we also reviewed the 2017 model:

I think the 60kWh LEAF will probably fade a little when compared to the Bolt and Model 3 unless Nissan can come up with a way to keep the price a little lower than those two cars, but it is a solid entry and bridge between the two EV markets/price points as they currently stand.

As a solid EV that outshines the Hyundai Ioniq EV in most ways and comes in significantly under the price of the Model 3 and Bolt EV, the new Leaf is easy to recommend.

Nissan Leaf price

The current Nissan Leaf starts at $31,600 before any upgrades or tax credits.

Shopping for the best prices for EVs can be time-consuming. At Electrek, we’ve done the hard work of finding the best purchase and lease pricing for a long list of electric vehicles.

Best pricing on Nissan LEAF: Purchase | Lease

Nissan Leaf features

The Nissan Leaf comes with a 151-mile range by default, but the Leaf Plus option raises it to 226.

Nissan touts its ProPILOT Assist as a headline feature of the Leaf lineup. ProPILOT Assist helps keep you in the middle in your lane through the straightaways, and even through gentle curves. ProPILOT Assist can keep a set distance from the car ahead of you based on the traffic flow. It can even come to a complete stop and bring you back up to speed when traffic starts moving again.

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Nissan Leaf Stories July 1

Nissan will hold a global, digital unveiling of its new all-electric SUV on July 15. Few details about the Ariya have been announced since its unveiling at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The new Nissan EV is expected to offer nearly 300 miles of range, 0-60 acceleration in less than 5 seconds, and a mainstream price of around $40,000. Hopefully, we’ll get confirmed details and a look at the production design two weeks from now.

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Nissan Leaf Stories May 28

Nissan yesterday unveiled its four-year growth plan. The Japanese automaker will “right-size” its production capacity and streamline unprofitable parts of its business. At the same time, Nissan said it would invest in areas of strength, such as sports cars and electric vehicles. That said, Nissan will introduce the Ariya EV to the US in 2021, while most of its EVs will be sold in China.

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Nissan Leaf Stories May 4

At the end of the month, Nissan will present its new “operational performance plan.” Early media reports show that Nissan will expand cooperation with Mitsubishi for plug-in hybrids in Asia and Renault for EVs in Europe. Plans for the Ariya, a new all-electric crossover, remain murky.

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Nissan Leaf Stories March 26

In the past two years, more than 8 million households in Japan have experienced power outages due to natural disasters. In response, Nissan developed a system that uses vehicle-to-grid technology that allows customers to use the Leaf’s battery pack to power buildings.

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Nissan Leaf Stories February 11

Here’s one for the “find an EV non-problem” file. Nissan cites research that says 60% of parents with children under age 2 lull their kids to sleep by taking them on a drive. The Japanese automaker claims that the “soothing sound frequencies of an internal combustion engine are the biggest contributor to a child falling asleep in the car.” In other words, a non-polluting EV like the Leaf won’t get the job done without piping in combustion noise.

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Nissan Leaf Stories February 6

While the EV revolution is in full swing, the shift to highly automated driving is still at least a few years away. That self-driving future got a tiny bit closer this week after a modified all-electric Nissan Leaf completed a difficult 230-mile journey autonomously in the UK.

The journey began at the Nissan’s European technical center in Cranfield in southern England and ended at its Sunderland factory in the northeast.

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Nissan Leaf Stories January 12

Nissan flew us out to Las Vegas during CES 2020 and put us up, allowing us to get a first-hand drive of the new e-4ORCE AWD technology going into their upcoming Ariya platform vehicles. We got to drive the new technology around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – a place where exotic supercars are rented out the to wealthy with a backdrop of the Strip and F-35s flying overhead out of Nellis Air Force Base. It was quite the scene.

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Nissan Leaf Stories January 10

Nissan has today announced its pricing for the 2020 Leaf in the US. The electric car starts at $31,600 before incentives for the 40 kWh battery pack version. If buyers want over 200 miles of range, they are going to pay at least $38,200 for the 62 kWh battery pack before incentives. expand full story

Nissan Leaf Stories January 2

Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s global product strategist, wants to strengthen the ailing Nissan brand by “bringing more electrification.” For Espinosa, this means more hybrids alongside EVs. Those hybrids can give drivers a sense of an “EV drive feel,” even though a gas engine is used as the source of power. Meanwhile, according to his interview published today in Automotive News, he believes that EV charging has been a “hassle.” Nissan responded by finding better locations for charging ports and making charging connectors more user-friendly.

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Nissan Leaf Stories December 9, 2019

Nissan announced Monday that it outfitted a Leaf electric vehicle with thousands of LED holiday lights. The cool thing is that all those lights are powered by the EV’s regenerative braking. Sure, it’s a stunt – but it illustrates a good point about an EV’s ability to reclaim energy on the road. And it’s done in the spirit of the holidays. expand full story

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