The field of electric cars is growing fast. While vehicles that run on alternative sources of energy were once rare, they’re becoming more common as people want a more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly method of traveling. Automakers are diligently responding to these demands for vehicles that are also safe, tech-savvy, and attractive. Three vehicles that stand out in 2019 are the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Honda Clarity. Each offers its own unique design, amenities, and performance capacity.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf is part of a second-generation Leaf. There is a new trim (the Nissan Leaf Plus) that is scheduled to come with a more expansive battery pack later in the year. The Leaf stands out for its smooth and surprisingly quick acceleration. The ride is also considerably quiet, and the Leaf comes with a generous assortment of driver assistance amenities. The Leaf stands out with its impressive range that exceeds what many of its classmates offer. The Leaf line has 6 versions: S, SV, SL, S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus.
The LEAF Plus versions are particularly noteworthy. The Plus line’s three trims (S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus) get high-quality interiors with premium sound systems, Wi-Fi, and 17-inch wheels. Creature comforts like heated seats, heated steering wheels, and BOSE sound systems are other highlights. Along with these interior upgrades, the Plus trims stand out for their more powerful base engine. The Nissan S Plus, along with its siblings, gets a 62-kWh battery that gives it a range of 226 miles. It also comes with a quick-charging port and a 120V portable cable. An eight-inch infotainment screen is standard. The SV Plus adds a leather-wrapped wheel and a more sophisticated infotainment system. The ProPILOT Assist package is standard on the SL Plus, which also gets leather seats.
In addition to power and performance, one of the Leaf’s strongest features is safety. In 2019, the Leaf comes with a confidence-inspiring list of standard and available safety features through its Intelligent Mobility package. Standard and optional safety features include automatic forward emergency braking with a pedestrian alert, a backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. When fully equipped, this safety package separates it from others in its class.
Pricing for the Nissan Leaf ranges from roughly $29,990 to over $42,550 from the base to the highest trim. However, a federal tax credit lowers that price range from roughly $22,490 to $35,050.
The Chevy Volt is one of, if not the, best options for an electric vehicle in 2019 The 2019 Volt is part of a second generation that launched in 2016. Upgrades include an available 7.2-kWh charging device that minimizes battery-charging time and a multi-way adjustable driver’s seat that is now power-operated. The infotainment system has been updated, and the Volt gets a better rearview camera.
The Volt is a five-passenger sedan with a tech-savvy and amenity-filled interior. It stands out for its exceptional electric range that is 53 miles just on electricity and 42 MPG with its hybrid gasoline engine. The Volt accelerates quickly, but its fine-tuned steering and handling system lets drivers stay in control.
In 2019, The Volt offers a smooth, pleasant, and tech-savvy ride with an eight-inch infotainment display that has sharp graphics and a user-friendly menu. Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay allow drivers to easily pair smartphones with their systems. The Volt also offers a range of standard and available driver-assist safety aids like lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and forward-collision alert.
Base MSRP pricing for the 2019 Chevy Volt starts at $33,520 and goes up to $38,120.
The Clarity, Honda says, offers “something for everyone.” The Clarity is available as a Plug-In Hybrid, Electric Sedan, or Touring Plug-In model. While there are not any major changes for 2019, the Clarity retains its impressive fuel range and comfortable, spacious cabin. Highlights of this model are its high-tech and user-friendly infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Honda’s own HondaLink app. The latest Clarity also comes with LED lights and Honda’s award-winning Honda Sensing safety package. This package offers a road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision avoidance.
What makes the Clarity unique among its competitors is its flexible power with impressive range in all fuel categories. Running just on electricity, the Clarity Plug-In gets a 47-mile range. Using only gasoline, its combination MPG is 42. When the Clarity uses a combination of gasoline and electricity, it gets a range of 110 MPG. The Clarity also turns heads with its sleek appearance, which is more refined, luxurious, and elegant than many electric vehicles offer. It also comes with a fast-charging capability that makes it much more practical to drive.
Pricing for the 2019 Clarity starts at a price of roughly $33,400 and goes up to over $36,600. Up to $7,500 is available for a federal tax credit in 2019.
Disclaimer: Not all features come standard and vary based on the trim. Manufacturers have not reviewed and verified the information on this page.