2020 Nissan Leaf

Original MSRP Range
$31,600 - $43,900
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
Unavailable
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2020 Nissan Leaf

What We Like

  • Good range from Leaf Plus
  • Value-oriented pricing
  • Standard active safety tech
  • Clever features such as ePedal
  • Handsome styling
  • User-friendly cabin

What We Don't

  • Compact hatchback body style limits appeal

     

  • Starting to feel complacent in this quickly evolving segment

     

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.0/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Nissan Leaf?

For 2020, every Nissan Leaf now comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, rear automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning and blind spot monitoring. S and SV models gain a new 8-in infotainment screen, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also now standard across the board. All models now come with driver and front-passenger knee airbags and rear seat-mounted outboard side airbags. The Leaf SV's Technology Package now includes the 360-degree camera system and driver attention monitor previously limited to the SL. Nissan has also updated the tone and volume of the Leaf's pedestrian safety sounds. Finally, there's a new extra-cost exterior color available, called Sunset Drift ChromaFlair. See the 2020 Nissan Leaf models for sale near you

Which Leaf is the Best?

The 2020 Nissan Leaf is a competitive EV that offers great technology and features, especially with the updates its been given for the new model year. Given that most competitors now offer in excess of 200 miles of range, we'd have a hard time not choosing the Leaf Plus The SV trim also seems to be the best value. For just $1,550 more than the cost of a base S model, you get nicer wheels, navigation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and more, while the $1,600 SV Technology Package adds additional features, such as ProPilot Assist and a surround view camera system. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Nissan Leaf Cost?

The Leaf is offered in a total of five different trims. The basic Leaf with the 40 kWh battery pack is offered in S and SV trims, while the Leaf Plus, which comes with the larger 62 kWh battery, is offered in S Plus, SV Plus and SL Plus trims.

The S ($32,525) comes standard with hill-start assist, e-Pedal, 16-in steel wheels, power outboard mirrors, a 6-way manually adjusted driver's seat, a trip computer, cruise control, push-button start, power windows, power door locks, a 12-volt power outlet, automatic climate control, a backup camera, hands-free text messaging, six airbags, a security system with immobilizer, automatic emergency braking, a 4-speaker audio system with a USB port, an 8-in color display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio capability and 60/40 split folding rear seats. Finally, for 2020, even the base Leaf comes with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, rear automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist and blind spot monitoring. An optional Charge Package adds a 50 kW quick charge port and a 240 Volt portable charge cable.

The SV ($35,115) builds on the S-grade content, adding the quick charge port, 17-in alloy wheels, fog lights and an upgraded 6-speaker audio system. Options include an electronic parking brake, a rear cargo cover, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, heated outboard mirrors, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, high beam assist, an 8-way power driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a 360-degree camera system and a driver attention monitor.

The Leaf S Plus ($39,125) comes with everything the regular Leaf S has but also adds that 62 kWh battery back for a total of 226 miles of range, plus a 100 kW Quick Charge Port and a 120-volt/240-volt portable trickle-charge cable.

The Leaf SV Plus ($40,675) is simply the SV trim with the bigger battery.

The top-spec Leaf SL Plus ($44,825) gains LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, leather-appointed seats, a heated steering wheel, a cargo cover, a universal garage door remote, a Bose-branded premium audio system with seven speakers, Intelligent Around View Monitor, an electric parking brake and high-beam assist.

Leaf Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
LEAF S Hatchback$31,600 / $29,935Electric147N/AAutomaticFWD
LEAF S PLUS Hatchback$38,200 / $36,177Electric214N/AAutomaticFWD
LEAF SL PLUS Hatchback$43,900 / $41,568Electric214N/AAutomaticFWD
LEAF SV Hatchback$34,190 / $32,384Electric147N/AAutomaticFWD
LEAF SV PLUS Hatchback$39,750 / $37,643Electric214N/AAutomaticFWD

Is the 2020 Nissan Leaf a Safe Car?

While the federal government still hasn't crash tested the Nissan Leaf in any fashion, the third-party Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested it in its moderate front overlap and side test, as well as head restraints and seats test, and it earned a score of Good in all three categories.

In addition to a number of airbags, backup camera and forward emergency braking, every new Leaf comes with the usual suspects of stability control, traction control and so forth.

For 2020, every Leaf also comes with an array of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, rear automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning and blind spot monitoring. Radar-based adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams are added on upper trims. Finally, the Leaf comes with Nissan's ProPilot assist system, in which radar cruise control and lane-keeping assist work hand-in-hand to help pilot the vehicle down the road in highway driving.

5 Year Cost to Own

$33,005 ($0.44 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components5 Years/60,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/Unlimited Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Charger Pkg
  • Protection Pkg

Competition

2020 Nissan Leaf vs the competition

2020 Chevrolet Bolt -- You can't have an EV discussion and not mention the Bolt. It's bigger than the Leaf and a little more expensive, but a range boost for 2020 means that it now offers up to 259 miles of range on a single charge, per the EPA. There's no other way to look at it -- the Bolt is an impressive EV.

2020 Kia Niro EV -- While it's front-wheel drive only, the Niro is shaped like a compact crossover, and it's one of the more understated EVs on the market. Maximum range for the Niro EV comes in at an impressive 239 miles.

2020 Toyota Prius Prime -- The Prius Prime is a plug-in-hybrid version of the venerable Prius. The Prime offers up to 25 miles of electric-only range with a full charge. Once that's spent, the gas generator kicks in, and the Prius Prime returns up to 54 mpg running on gas alone.

Used Tesla Model 3 -- Even in its most basic trim, the Tesla Model 3 carries a higher price tag than the Leaf, but it's such an impressive vehicle that prospective Leaf buyers would be wise to check out a used example. The standard-range rear-wheel-drive Model 3 offers up to 250 miles of range, while all-wheel-drive Long Range and Performance trims are available as well.

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