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The standard Leaf EV has a 40-kWh battery that delivered a range of 150 miles in our tests. The Plus version gets a 62-kWh battery, which gives the Leaf an estimated EPA range of 215 miles.
It also gets a more powerful motor that makes the Leaf Plus a second quicker from 0-60 mph than the 40-kWh Leaf. It takes 8 hours to charge the standard Leaf on a 240-volt connector and 10.5 hours to charge the 62-kWh Plus. The Leaf's ride is a bit tender, which makes it feel soft until it hits a bump hard. Handling is mundane but secure. The driving position is uncomfortable because the steering wheel doesn't telescope for reach. The optional ProPilot Assist can keep the car in its lane and adjust its speed according to traffic. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning are standard.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
The second generation Leaf electric car has a 40-kWh battery. We measured its driving range at 140 miles which is shorter than the Chevy Bolt's 250-mile range, but the Leaf is less expensive.
The 2019 Leaf Plus, with a 62-kWh battery, has a rated range of 215 miles. It takes eight hours to charge it on a 240-volt connector. The E-Pedal feature decelerates the Leaf quite significantly when the driver eases off the accelerator, sending energy to go back to the battery. The Leaf accelerates decisively but the ride is stiff. Its handling is mundane but secure. The driving position can be uncomfortable for some drivers because the steering wheel doesn't telescope for reach. The optional ProPilot Assist can help keep the car in its lane and adjust its speed to keep track with surrounding traffic. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard. Updates for 2020 include standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and automatic high beams. Also, all models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
$17,325 - $24,250
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$14,300 - $17,275
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2011-2017
2011 Redesign Year
Holding the distinction of being the first widely available and affordable all-electric car, the five-seat Nissan LEAF hatchback has typical range of approximately 75-miles. In our 2011 tests, a full charge took six hours using a 240-volt power source or 16 hours using 120 volts.
Since our test, charge times have been shortened through updates to the car. At low speeds the extraordinarily quiet LEAF feels quick and rides comfortably. Cabin access is easy and the rear seat is fairly roomy. We measured 3.16 miles per kWh, the equivalent of 106 mpg. Running costs are extremely low: 3.5 cents per mile at the national average of 11 cents per kWh. Standard features include a heated steering wheel and seats. Model year 2013 brought a faster onboard charger and a cheaper S version. However, 2013 and later LEAF models scored Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
$8,825 - $11,175
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$7,325 - $9,825
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$7,275 - $9,575
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$6,575 - $8,325
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$5,025 - $6,325
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$3,775 - $4,275
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$2,775 - $3,025
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