Nissan has announced the 2021 Leaf, which carries over essentially unchanged. Pricing, on the other hand, increases slightly depending on the trim.
As before, two versions of the Leaf will be available the standard model with a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery or the Leaf Plus, which gets a 62-kWh unit. The electric motor on the regular Leaf is rated at 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Leaf Plus models get a more powerful electric motor with 214 hp and 250 lb-ft.
The base 2021 Leaf S starts at $32,545 for the standard version or $39,145 for the Plus, an increase of $20 over the 2020 model. Move up to the SV grade and the price increase grows to $720 for a total of $35,835 for the standard SV or $41,395 for the SV Plus. Like the base Leaf S, the range-topping SL model gets a $20 price bump over the 2020 model to $44,845. The Leaf SL is available exclusively in Plus guise.
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When equipped with the standard battery, the 2021 Nissan Leaf can travel up to 149 miles on a single charge. The standard battery is limited only to the S and SV grades. Leaf Plus models can travel farther per charge at 226 miles for the S grade and 215 miles on the SV and SR. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving feature is standard on the Leaf Plus but only in the SV and SR trims. This allows the car to continue operating with adaptive cruise control active even in traffic and navigate through turns via its steering assist function.
If you’re set on a Nissan Leaf, we’d suggest getting the Plus version. You get more range and power