2020 Nissan Leaf Plus review: More power, more range

The Nissan Leaf Plus is quicker and will take you farther than the standard model.

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Range anxiety in electric vehicles is a very real thing. It’s akin to the fear of your phone going dead, but instead of not being able to check Twitter for the latest hot takes, you’re stranded on the side of the road — hopefully with a charged phone so you can summon a tow truck. In the Nissan Leaf’s case, an EPA-estimated driving range of 149 miles isn’t miniscule, but you know what would be better to alleviate range worries? A range of 226 miles, which is where the Leaf Plus comes in.


  • Smooth and quick acceleration
  • Seamless regenerative and mechanical brake integration
  • Impressive list of safety technology

Don’t Like

  • Less driving range than competitors
  • Light, uncommunicative steering
  • Steeper base price than the opposition

Better equipped to compete

Unlike 2011 when the first-generation Leaf went on sale, the EV landscape today is much different. The Nissan is no longer the only electric hatchback in town, with entries like the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV now in showrooms. Each boasts well over 200 miles of range, leaving the

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Stimulus check money: What we now know about how much you could get

We help you calculate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment comes your way.

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Negotiations on a new economic relief bill have been dragged into the campaign for the Nov. 3 election, but both Republican and Democratic leaders still say they’re in favor of issuing a second stimulus payment as part of a package.

“I believe a targeted package is still needed and the administration is ready to reach a bipartisan agreement,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday in prepared remarks before a congressional committee. 

“We’ll be hopefully soon to the table with them,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday, according to The Hill.

Meanwhile, much is still up in the air and new unemployment claims for the week ending Sep. 19 were 870,000, up 866,000 from the prior week. We can, however, predict that the total amount of money you may be qualified to receive may fall under new eligibility requirements if you have dependents. Read on for more information — CNET’s stimulus calculator can also help you estimate your potential payout. And here are the most important facts about stimulus checks. We

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