J.D. Power Awards Nissan Leaf Highest Rated Vehicle Redesign

The 2018 Nissan LEAF has earned top praise from J.D Power for its highest-rated redesign. The award was part of the their first-ever Engineering Awards presented at the 2019 Society of Automotive Engineers WCX World Congress Experience in Detroit in April 2019. The award was part of a dual engineering acheivement award recognizing outstanding redesign and the "Highest Rated Vehicle All-New" for the 2018 model year.

The LEAF has enjoyed success in the global all-electric vehicle market, selling over 400,000 vehicles in total since its launch in 2010. Last year, the LEAF was completely redesigned from the ground up and a 62 kWh version was introduced to the 2019 lineup, capable of driving up to 226 miles* on a single charge.

"While J.D. Power has become known for benchmarking quality in all phases of the automotive industry for the past 50-plus years, we wanted to recognize the achievements of the engineers who translate concept vehicles into practical road vehicles," said Doug Betts, senior vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. "Nissan launched its first LEAF vehicle in 2010, and their engineers were able to utilize the lessons learned from that vehicle and successfully apply improvements to the redesigned vehicle."

"This award is a credit to hundreds of Nissan technical professionals here in the U.S., as well as in Japan," said Chris Reed, senior vice president of engineering at Nissan North America. "Any vehicle redesign requires a massive amount of coordination across many functional teams, and I am very proud of the excellent vehicle this effort produced which has been recognized by J.D. Power."

Side-by-Side Comparison of Nissan LEAF Improvements

 2017 Nissan Leaf2018 Nissan Leaf
Electric Range107 miles150 miles
Base Price$30,680$29,990
Battery Capacity30 kilowatt hours40 kilowatt hours
Horsepower107 horsepower147 horsepower
Horsepower107 horsepower147 horsepower
Torque187 pound-feet236 pound-feet
Wheelbase106.3 inches106.3 inches
Length75 inches176.4 inches
Gross Vehicle Weight4,431 pounds4,453 pounds


*EPA range for LEAF S PLUS only. Actual range will vary with trim levels, options, and driving conditions; see Customer Disclosure Form for details.

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