2019 Nissan Leaf vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Leaf and the Nexo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.


There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Leaf’s warranty.


The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 54 more horsepower (215 vs. 161) than the Nexo’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo:



147 HP electric motor

124 city/99 hwy

PLUS S electric motor

118 city/97 hwy

PLUS SV/SL electric motor

114 city/94 hwy


Blue electric motor

65 city/58 hwy

Limited electric Motor

59 city/54 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The Leaf’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Nexo are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

The Leaf S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Nexo’s standard 60 series tires.

The Leaf has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Nexo doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Leaf S’ turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The Leaf SV/SL’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.7 feet).


The Nissan Leaf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Hyundai Nexo.

The Leaf is 7.5 inches shorter than the Nexo, making the Leaf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Leaf has 1.8 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the Nexo.


To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Leaf has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Nexo only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Leaf and the Nexo offer available heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Nexo.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Leaf, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Leaf outsold the Hyundai Nexo by over 1839 to one during 2018.

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