2021 Nissan LEAF/LEAF Plus Starts at $24,120/$30,720 incl $7,500 Fed Tax Credit

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Still a lot of scratch for a B-segment with just ok range.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 3, 2021

    2021 Nissan LEAF SV


    The 2021 Nissan LEAF BEV is on sale now with a starting MSRP of $31,620 for the base S trim.

    The 2021 Nissan LEAF is available in two powertrain variants, the LEAF and the extended-range LEAF PLUS. LEAF is equipped with a 40 kWh Li-Ion battery and 110-kW electric motor that delivers 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque while rated at 149 miles of range. It’s available in two trims, the S and SV.

    Nissan LEAF PLUS features a larger-capacity 62-kWh Li-Ion battery with the subsequent increase in range of 226 miles. The LEAF PLUS’ electric motor is also upsized offering customers a more powerful 160 kW motor that produces 214 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. LEAF PLUS is offered in three trims, the S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS.

    MSRP for the 2021 Nissan LEAF and LEAF PLUS

    S - 40 kWh/149-mile est. range - $31,620 USD + $20 over the 2020 MY
    SV - 40 kWh/149-mile est. range - $34,910 USD + $720 over the 2020 MY
    S PLUS - 62 kWh/226-mile est. range - $38,220 USD + $20 over the 2020 MY
    SV PLUS - 62 kWh/215-mile est. range - $40,470 USD + $720 over the 2020 MY
    SL PLUS - 62 kWh/215-mile est. range - $43,920 USD + $20 over the 2020 MY

    Every 2021 LEAF includes a cabin for five that includes a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat. The rear cargo area provides a diminutive 30 cu. ft. of volume with the second-row seats folded down.

    2021 Nissan LEAF SV Interior


    Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist is standard on the LEAF SL PLUS and optional on LEAF and LEAF SV PLUS.

    The Option creates a $1,600 upcharge for the SV Plus and $1,690 for the S variants. The pkg. and includes the following Safety and Convenience HW:
    • ProPILOT Assist
    • Electronic parking brake
    • Intelligent Around View Monitor
    • Intelligent Driver Alertness
    • LED headlamps w/ LED signature DRLs
    • Auto-dimming rearview w/ HomeLink
    • 8-way power adjustable driver's bucket seat with 2-way adjustable lumbar

    ProPILOT Assist is a hands-on driver assist system that combines Nissan's Intelligent Cruise Control and steering assist technologies.

    Further enhancing the Nissan LEAF driving experience is the standard e-Pedal <-- I despise these one-pedal driving solutions, which allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and come to a full stop and hold using only the accelerator pedal.

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard while NissanConnect with Nissan Door to Door Navigation, and NissanConnect EV and services (telematics) allowing a remote connection to the vehicle to start a charge, monitor the state of a charge and turn on the heat or A/C before ever getting into the vehicle is optional.

    Both the LEAF and LEAF PLUS can be charged up to 80 percent in 40-45 minutes using the quick charge port. Also available is a portable charging cable that can be plugged into either a 120-volt outlet or any 240-volt outlet.


    Every 2021 Nissan LEAF includes a limited Li-Ion battery warranty covering defects in materials or workmanship for 8-years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the traction battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all models.

    The real elephant in the room however is the 2021 Tesla Model 3 with its base 263-mile all-electric range, 0 to 60 time of just 5.3 seconds, top speed of 140 mph, plus a more advanced Auto Pilot for $36,490 + TTL. No Fed Tax Credits are available on the Tesla as it ran through its tax credit sunset phase back in 2018.

    Nissan really needs their 300-mile AER Ariya compact CUV BEV. As in a year or two ago...
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Not everyone needs a CUV/SUV. The Leaf S with 40 KWH battery would work just fine for me.
    The Model 3 is VERY nice , but at $12,370 more , it's a different species of elephant.
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Edwin, I think you'll be a candidate for a Toyota EV after Toyota has been out with their EV with solid-state batteries for a few years. :D You'll be enjoying your Civic for years to come...
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    You're probably right , Bill. I do trust Toyota.
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  5. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    As a first-gen Leaf owner I find the new one compelling - especially the Plus. Not that I have any interest in upgrading right now, but good to know these will be in the used market in a few years. Definitely have saved a ton of money with ours, having bought it used for a ridiculously cheap price, and even with expensive MN electricity. Only maintenance has been a set of tires and the brakes - which need work after 5 years in this climate, regardless of how much you use them. Absolutely love the silent-but-slammin' power delivery at city speeds (obviously even better on the new one), and phenomenal grip in the snow for a 2WD car. The TC system on this car is silent magic. Just put your foot down and let the drivetrain sort out how much power to send (reacting far faster than your foot can) and where to send it.
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  6. Chris12

    Chris12 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Wayne. I’m enjoying your recent reviews of current EVs — your write ups on the Niro and Mach E were great. I’d love to see you do some EV steady states, even if it’s just one or two at 65 mph and/or 70 mph, as this is the most useful metric of an EVs range. I’m driving a Leaf Plus SV with the heat pump right now. I find that on road trips, with a median speed of 68 mph indicated, the car achieves 105% of EPA (226 miles) in the summer, 100% of EPA in mild shoulder season weather (215 miles - northeast and mid -Atlantic - 50s and 60s), 92% of EPA in mild winter weather (198 miles - high 30s to low 40s), 88% of EPA in average winter weather (189 miles - high 20s to low 30s). These ranges are to absolute flat though, so you’d need to leave a buffer of at least 5% to be comfortable. But I love the Leaf Plus. It’s got really comfortable seats and a nice soft ride. It has plenty of cargo space to make road trips with two adults, one small child, and all the luggage that comes with a small child. And the best thing about the Leaf is what everyone hates about it: the lack of battery cooling, because Nissan dealers have to consequently sell these way below msrp. The total cost to me after all rebates, incentives, taxes, and dealer fees was $25K. This is pretty much what you’d pay for a comparable gas subcompact CUV - like a Honda HRV, Subaru Impreza hatch, or VW Alltrack station wagon. So the purchase price already has cost parity to equivalent gas mobiles, plus I’ve been saving roughly $2K a year on gas and maintenance the last two years (this includes what I pay for electricity). We put 18,000 miles a year on it, and 2,000 miles a year on our 2014 CRV. The only road trips we take are NYC to Boston and back or NYC to D.C. and back. Charging stops on the Boston trips are never more than 10 minutes in the summer, never more than 20 minutes in the winter. Charging stops to D.C. are 35 minutes in the summer, 45 minutes in the spring and fall, and we don’t take it to D.C. in the winter because that would be over an hour and that’s just too long for us. And our CO2 emissions are roughly 90% below average for two gas cars after making this switch. It’s an interesting experiment in what’s possible at a mass scale. Everyone’s electricity prices are different, and our significant energy savings are aided by a local utility initiative that pays us cash back to charge overnight, plus the overnight rate fluctuates between 1 and 5 cents per kWh. But the cool thing about our experience with the Leaf is that it’s an example of how a two car family can replace just one of those gas cars with an EV, pay no more up front than you would for a comparable gas mobile, retain the same cargo space of a comparable gas mobile, save money on top of this on fuel and maintenance (for us, the savings could buy a new $25K EV in 12.5 years), and, through some smarter reorganization of how we use our two cars (we use the Leaf aggressively for everything we possibly can, and only drive the CRV when we need the AWD or the winter range), you can reduce emissions by 90%.
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