Nissan just announced the 2021 model year LEAF in the U.S. market, but it does not bring any significant changes.
The price of the entry-level LEAF S version (40 kWh/149 mi of range) starts at $31,620 (MSRP), compared to $31,600 previously. The least expensive 62 kWh/226 miles of range version - LEAF S PLUS - starts at $38,220, compared to $38,200 previously. The LEAF SV PLUS (62 kWh/216 mi of range) now starts at $40,470 - 1.8% more than $39,750 previously.
There are a total of five trims:
- LEAF S - 40 kWh / up to 149-mile est. range - $31,620 USD
- LEAF SV - 40 kWh / up to 149-mile est. range - $34,910 USD
- LEAF S PLUS - 62 kWh / up to 226-mile est. range - $38,220 USD
- LEAF SV PLUS - 62 kWh / up to 215-mile est. range - $40,470 USD
- LEAF SL PLUS - 62 kWh / up to 215-mile est. range - $43,920 USD
|2021 Nissan LEAF S (40 kWh)||FWD||40||149 mi* |
|7.4*||90 mph |
|2021 Nissan LEAF e+ S (62 kWh)||FWD||62||226 mi* |
|2021 Nissan LEAF e+ SV/SL (62 kWh)||FWD||62||215 mi* |
Nissan's press release is silent about the steering wheel - in Europe, in the new model year, there is a new telescopic steering column, fully adjustable for both reach and rake.
Nissan LEAF 60 kWh vs 40 kWh
If you are considering a Nissan LEAF, here is a comparison of the base 40 kWh version and the base 62 kWh version.
As we can see, the e+ version has much more energy in the battery and the EPA range is also over 50% longer. A higher power motor offers better acceleration. The energy consumption is higher, because the car is slightly heavier, we assume. The effective price is higher by more than a quarter.
|EV Comparison Side-by-Side by InsideEVs|
|Model||2021 Nissan LEAF e+ S (62 kWh) |
[A] / [B]
|2021 Nissan LEAF S (40 kWh) |
|Battery||62 kWh||55%||40 kWh|
|Combined||226 mi* |
|51.7%||149 mi* |
|City||245 mi* |
|50.1%||163.2 mi* |
|Highway||202.2 mi* |
|54%||131.3 mi* |
|0-60 mph||6.5 s*||-12.2%||7.4 s*|
|Top speed||90 mph |
|Peak power||160 kW||45.5%||110 kW|
|EPA Energy Consumption (including charging losses)|
|Combined||108 MPGe: 312 Wh/mi (194 Wh/km)||-2.7%||111 MPGe: 304 Wh/mi (189 Wh/km)|
|City||118 MPGe: 286 Wh/mi (177 Wh/km)||-4.1%||123 MPGe: 274 Wh/mi (170 Wh/km)|
|Highway||97 MPGe: 347 Wh/mi (216 Wh/km)||-2%||99 MPGe: 340 Wh/mi (212 Wh/km)|
* we assume that the 2021 models will have the same EPA range/efficiency results as 2020 MY.
** some data estimated