Most buyers won't even notice.
Pricing details have just been released for the 2021 Nissan Leaf lineup and those in the market for one will find little has changed from last year. That's not at all a bad thing as the popular second-generation Leaf all-electric hatchback received an update for 2020 as part of its nameplate's 10th anniversary celebrations. Those updates included standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and some new exterior colors. There's also the optional NissanConnect suite that includes navigation, monitoring the vehicle's charging state, and a remote connection finder for the nearest charging station.
But what about pricing? Typically, automakers increase year-to-year prices by hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars. Not this time.
While we would have preferred to see no increase at all, the 2021 Leaf S will now start at $31,620 - a mere $20 increase from last year. The Leaf SV kicks off at $34,910, and both trims feature a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 110-kW electric motor for a total of 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, and up to 149 miles of range.
The more powerful and extended range 2021 Leaf Plus will continue to be offered in three trim levels, S, SV, and SL, and begins at $38,220, which is a $720 increase over last year. The good news is that Nissan's ProPilot hands-on driver-assist system is now standard on Plus models.
Thanks to a larger capacity 62 kWh lithium-ion battery, range increases to 226 miles on a single charge. The more powerful 160-kW electric motor provides a healthier 214 hp and 250 lb-ft of twist. All prices listed above do not include the $925 handling fee.
Regardless of trim and motor-battery combo, all Leafs can be charged up to 80 percent in just 40-45 minutes when using the quick charge port. Buyers can also opt for a portable charging cable that can be plugged into either a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet. Owners will find that to be very convenient because they won't have to get a level 2 charger installed at their homes.