With a new long-range model, the Plus, the 2019 Nissan Leaf lineup is now positioned to tackle the two different groups of relatively affordable electric cars that have emerged: short-range, and long-range.
The standard 2019 Leaf and its 150-mile range continue to compete against the shorter-range cars in the set—and the Volkswagen e-Golf, with its 125-mile range and great ride and handling, would be one of the best of that group.
Meanwhile, the Leaf Plus competes against an increasingly large group of vehicles with more than 200 miles of range and a price of roughly $40,000, before incentives.
The Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus Range, at about $40,00, is one of the most popular (and high-profile) rivals but it really appeals to a different crowd with its interface and sport-sedan performance.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is more of a direct competitor to the Leaf but it’s more upright seating feels more crossover-influenced.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is even more of a crossover, and has an extremely well-designed interior, with seat and cargo that aren’t compromised by the battery.
The Niro EV splits the difference in format, and has a somewhat more spacious interior that may work even better for families.
We should note that the Bolt EV (238 miles), Niro EV (239 miles), and the Kona Electric (258 miles) may be better picks for those in climate extremes as their batteries are liquid-heated/cooled.
Each of those models, however, offer CCS (Combo) DC fast charging, which still isn’t as easy to find in some parts of the country as the Leaf’s CHAdeMO standard.
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