2019 Nissan Leaf

Interior


MSRP
$29,990
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2019 Nissan Leaf Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.7

The 2019 Nissan Leaf has a comfortable cabin with enough space for adults in both rows. It features quality materials throughout its interior, though some low-grade plastics are present. The Leaf also has one of the most expansive cargo areas in the class and a user-friendly infotainment system.

  • The interior materials in the Nissan Leaf look a grade better than those of its predecessor and appropriate for the price point. The leather seats in the SL are downright handsome, in fact. Though technically not a quality issue, the interior uses some materials carried over from the previous-generation Leaf, which stand out compared to the newer elements." -- Edmunds
  • Like the outside, the inside is just fine, and seems basically like almost any other Nissan from around this price range." -- Jalopnik (2018)
  • "We only wish that Nissan added more flair to the cabin. The interior's hard plastics and cheap-feeling, mismatched switchgear seemingly culled from several different cars are obvious sacrifices, with resources diverted to the Leaf's excellent battery and chassis hardware." -- Car and Driver (2018)

Seating

There's seating for up to five people in the Leaf. Cloth upholstery and a manually adjustable driver's seat are standard. A power-adjustable driver's seat, a manually adjustable front passenger seat, leather upholstery, and heated front seats are available. Both rows feature comfortable and supportive seats, with a good amount of interior space, but the middle seat is positioned over a floor hump, which limits foot room. For connecting child safety seats, there are two sets of LATCH connectors on the rear-outboard seats. There's also an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

  • "We like the Leaf's front seats. They're well-shaped and supportive, yet they still have a nice level of give. They're not overly confining, and they look as if they're well made. Our test driver found them comfortable throughout a four-hour suburban test loop." -- Edmunds
  • As in other EVs, the lack of internal-combustion-engine white noise heightens occupants' awareness of road and tire sounds. To our ears the new Leaf is quieter, although the door mirrors generate a fair amount of wind whoosh at highway speeds." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "The Leaf retains its 5-passenger seating, though the middle position in the rear is best for short trips only. There is a hump in the rear floor that provides access to the battery pack and which compromises foot room." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features include a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, push-button start, a proximity key, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch color display, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and four speakers. Available features include a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, HD Radio, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, high-beam assist, pedestrian detection, and a 360-degree parking camera. ProPilot Assist is also available. This semiautonomous technology can help steer the vehicle to keep you in your lane and control the acceleration and braking.

The infotainment system is easy to use, but those looking for more advanced technology should opt for the updated system. It comes with smartphone connectivity features and a touch-screen display.

  • "The SV and SL versions of the Leaf come with a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system that supports AM/FM, HD radio and satellite radio with real-time traffic information. Two knobs provide volume and tune control, and there are easily understood hard buttons for more complex adjustments." -- Edmunds
  • "Nissan added plenty of available safety features into the new Leaf, including ProPilot assist, which is available on all but the base model. This feature maintains the distance to the car ahead using a speed and distance preset by the driver. It also has steering assistance to keep the Leaf in its lane and even applies the brakes to bring the car to a full stop and keep it there until the driver presses the gas pedal." -- Boston Globe (2018)
  • "There's only one USB port. Today, for a car like the Leaf, I think the one thing you can just about guarantee is that at least two people in the car will likely have phones they'd like to charge." -- Jalopnik (2018)

Cargo

The Leaf has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than most compact cars and most other hybrid cars have. Folding down the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats increases the cargo capacity to 30 cubic feet. The seats don't fold all the way flat, however, which can make it difficult to load in longer items. There’s also minimal small-item storage.

  • "You'll want to put most of your things in the cargo area because the pickings are slim up front. The center console box is tight, and the glove compartment is average. You get slender door pockets with molded-in bottle holders and two cupholders in the center console." -- Edmunds
  • "The front buckets are comfortable and supportive, and there's plenty of utility to be had from the folding 60/40-split rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • There's a decent-sized trunk at the rear, and while the rear seats do fold down, they don't fold down terribly flat, but for most people's use I think the cargo accommodations are fine. Chances are most people who buy a new Leaf won't be trying to cram a motorcycle back there, anyway." -- Jalopnik (2018)
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