Think about it: The 2019 Nissan Leaf – Not a review
I don’t want to do another car review. There are plenty of thorough reviews out there by car experts and journalists. I’m not a car expert. I’m a people person, and I happen to be oddly fascinated with Electric Cars. I understand the resistance to change, and my goal here is to show that electric vehicles are a valid option and that it can be an easy transition.
When I was first introduced to Tesla, I thought the Model S was the coolest car I’d ever seen. The whole electric thing blew me away, and I was hooked. I remember reading about the company and Elon and letting myself fall in a rabbit hole that would take me to magical and unheard-of places.
I must have been working on a blog post, and before fact-checking, I wrote; “….and Tesla comes out with the first mass-produced electric car….” HHRRNNG WRONG! The first successfully mass-produced affordable electric car was the Nissan Leaf. Way back in 2010, when people were only whispering about electric cars. This fact alone makes me want to know more about the Leaf. You see, Nissan is not a California based start-up with a handsome genius as a CEO who dates supermodels and makes headlines. Nissan is a Japanese company that has been around since the 1930s, and they are most known for the Rogue and the GT-R. What I’m trying to say (poorly) is that although the Leaf may not be the trending choice, it’s certainly the practical choice.
With over 400,000 Nissan Leafs sold worldwide, I wanted to experience the car for myself and see how it’s making electric driving accessible to new owners. A big THANK YOU to my buddy Dominic Chow at Bolton Nissan for lending me the Leaf.
Here are a few things about the Nissan Leaf for you to think about;
Battery: 40 – 62kWh Lithium-ion battery: Depending on the model, the battery size dictates the strength and output of energy and ultimately, the range on the car.
Warranty on the battery is 8 years or 160,000kms.
- Nissan Leaf SV - 243KM
- Nissan Leaf S Plus - 363KM
- Nissan Leaf SV Plus - 349KM
- Nissan Leaf SL Plus – 329KM
Charge: Approximately 6 hours to fully charge with a level 2 charger.
The Hard Facts:
- Drive Train: FWD
- Horsepower: 214
- Torque: 250 lb-ft
- Maximum Speed: 210 km/h
- 0 – 100km: 10.4 seconds
- Passenger: 5
- Six Standard Airbags
- Cargo Capacity: 23.6 cu. ft.
- Nissan Connect App to remotely access and monitor features
- The number one feature on the Leaf is that it’s 100% electric. That means zero oil or gas and zero-emissions.
- E-Pedal is Nissan’s name for one-pedal-driving. You can accelerate and brake using the same pedal. When you release pressure off the accelerator, the vehicle will naturally slow down and even stop if you want. In a gas car, when you take your foot off the accelerator, the car will continue to coast until you use the brake pedal to slow down or stop. Why is this important? The car is more responsive to you as you’re only using one pedal to control the car rather than two. The one-pedal driving also enables the technology in the braking system, known as regenerative braking, to accumulate more energy and range. It’s a great feature that you’ll learn to love.
- Heated Seats – Front and rear
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated outside mirrors
- Hands-Free text messaging Assist – Driver display will show the name of the person texting you and you have the option to read the msg, ignore or send an auto reply.
- Charge port for Level 1, 2 and 3 charging – The quick charging port is for level 3 charging with a CHAdeMO connector which is included with the car – Bonus!
- Rear Cross Traffic – Back up alarm
Autonomous Driving Features:
Nissan calls its self-driving features Pro-Pilot Assist. These are considered safety features and will soon be standard in all vehicles. I’m not sure how I feel about all the automation, but it’s something that we will have to learn to get used to. It is available on the SV and SV Plus, some of the standard features are;
Cruise Control – Helps maintain the desired distance between the car ahead and your preferred speed while you take your foot off the throttle. It’s nice on long daily commutes or road-trips.
Lane Intervention – Keeping the car centered in the lane. The car vibrates when you swerve in and out of the lane (say if you happen to look down at “something” in your hands and you get distracted), it will steer you back in center.
Blind Spot Warning
Intelligent Emergency Braking - Monitors your speed and distance with the car ahead. It will engage the brakes on its own if it detects a possible collision or pedestrian on the road.
I give Nissan props for the Leaf and for continuously making improvements to the design and battery technology over the years. I really like the car and I don’t understand why there aren’t more of them on the roads. I can’t help but wonder why Nissan didn’t encourage their electric vehicle offspring to get more recognition in the past. Perhaps out of fear of losing the eligible suiters for their older, more attractive children, they left EV baby in the corner. Times have changed though, and zero-emissions has never been more desirable. People are curious about EVs, and the Leaf is a strong contender.
If you’re ever in Bolton, Ontario, stop by Bolton Nissan to say hi to Dominic. He is one of the kindest human beings that I know, and he has a great laugh. Let me know where you are in your EV shopping process and if this post was useful to you.
…. Or just leave me a comment cause it makes me happy. THANKS!
Shout out to my photographer and partner in crime, Neda! We had so much fun with these pictures. Thank you <3