2020 Nissan Leaf Electric

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2020 Nissan Leaf electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 28, 2019


The Nissan Leaf was redesigned in 2018 and carries the same look for 2020 as well. The Leaf isn’t the same ugly faced compromise it used to be. It looks much more modern and contemporary now. It has more battery range and power than before and also gets added enhanced features. At 30 grand, the car does seem a little expensive, but hey, don’t you want to save the planet?

While the future does seem bright, the past was full of struggles. While some hybrid cars did become popular, not many electric cars survived the previous decade. With the exception of Tesla, electric vehicles haven’t enjoyed sustainable sales. Initially, Nissan didn't have much success with its Leaf EV, but that changed soon. 2018 saw a redesign for the Leaf, making it much more appealing to the masses, and its electric motors were spruced up too. Since then, the sales of the Leaf has gone up considerably 

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Pros

Compact dimensions are great for the city

Looks quite handsome

Cons

Range not as good as its competitors

Not practical on the highway

What's New?

Leaf plus trim introduced with 215-Horsepower electric motor


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29990

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

147 hp @ 3282 rpm

torque

236 lbs.-ft @ 0 rpm

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.6/61.2

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

176.4 in.

width

70.5 in.

height

61.4 in.

curb weight

3433 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

30 cu ft.

payload capacity

1020 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

TBD/112/99 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

ev battery warranty

8 yr. / 100000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Nissan Leaf electric in Brilliant Silver color  2020 Nissan Leaf electric in Deep Blue Pearl color  2020 Nissan Leaf electric in Glacier White color  2020 Nissan Leaf electric in Gun Metallic color  2020 Nissan Leaf electric in Pearl White color  2020 Nissan Leaf electric in Scarlet Ember color  2020 Nissan Leaf electric in Super Black color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.2

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan Leaf electric S

S

power
147 hp @ 3282 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
112 combined

$29,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $29,990 MSRP (112/99) 147 hp @ 3282 rpm, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Brilliant Silver Metallic
  Glacier White
  Gun Metallic
  Super Black

 2020 Nissan Leaf electric SV

SV

power
147 hp @ 3282 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
112 combined

$32,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $32,600 MSRP (124/112/99) 147 hp @ 3282 rpm, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Pearl White Tricoat
  Brilliant Silver Metallic
  Jade Frost Metallic
  Gun Metallic
  White/Black
  Deep Blue Pearl

 2020 Nissan Leaf electric SL

SL

power
147 hp @ 3282 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
112 combined

$36,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $36,300 MSRP (124/112/99) 147 hp @ 3282 rpm, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Pearl White Tricoat
  Brilliant Silver Metallic
  Jade Frost Metallic
  Gun Metallic
  White/Black
  Deep Blue Pearl

 2020 Nissan Leaf electric S PLUS

S PLUS

power
214 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
108 combined

$36,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S PLUS 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $36,550 MSRP (118/108/97) 214 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Leaf electric SV PLUS

SV PLUS

power
214 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
104 combined

$38,510


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV PLUS 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $38,510 MSRP (114/104/94) 214 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Leaf electric SL PLUS

SL PLUS

power
214 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
104 combined

$42,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL PLUS 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $42,550 MSRP (114/104/94) 214 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


The Leaf is powered by a 40-kWh battery and 147-HP electric motor combo, which has a claimed range of over 200 miles. There is also a more powerful 63-kWh battery and 215-HP motor combo. However, if you love those highway drives, then the EV side of the market might not suit you at the moment. If you try to extract all these horses from the motor, the charge gets depleted quickly. Still, for everyday driving, these are quite fine vehicles.

Electric Vehicles, or EVs, are slowly gaining traction in the market, owing to the spreading awareness among manufacturers and consumers alike. EVs are better for the environment than conventional cars, because of emissions, or lack thereof. Sure, the electricity used in such cars may have come from fossil fuels as well, but renewable energy sources are on the rise too.

2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf

8.5/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.2/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 

7.0/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Nissan Leaf electric Features

8.5/10

Nissan Leaf offers three trim levels namely- S, SV and SL and all under a price range of $36,200. A 147 hp AC Synchronous Motor is standard across the range. Some of the standard features are a 7-inch infotainment system, automatic temperature control, and standard automatic emergency braking.

Trim

S

SV

SL

MSRP

$29,990

$32,420

$36,200

Key

Features

110 kW AC synchronous electric motor

17-inch Machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels

Portable charge cable (120 V/240 V): Plug into a 240-V wall outlet – no charging box required

 

Automatic Temperature Control

Nissan Navigation System

Leather-appointed seats

 

Standard Automatic Emergency Braking

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Blind Spot Warning

 

Rear diffuser

NissanConnect EV with Services powered by SiriusXM with complimentary trial access to 3-year EV and Select and 6-month Premium Plus packages

Intelligent Around View Monitor

 

Bose Energy Efficient Series Premium Audio System with seven speakers

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We recommend

All of the trim levels of Nissan Leaf come in almost the same driving range and offer almost the same performance. We will recommend the base model of Leaf with some of the additional features like a DC fast-charging port and portable charge cables.

2020 Nissan Leaf electric Engine and Performance

7.0/10

With its more powerful electric motor, the second-generation Nissan Leaf feels far more at home when jockeying for position in traffic than the original car, which was a bit of a slug. Its general smoothness, competent chassis demeanor and steering feel will be utterly familiar to Leaf veterans.-Edmunds

Leaf uses an electric motor to drive the wheels instead of a gasoline engine, hence the name ‘electric car’. Its AC Synchronous Motor produces 147 Horsepower and 236 Pound-feet of torque. If these numbers don’t catch your fancy, well, you’re in luck! Nissan now offers a more powerful motor in the ‘Plus’ trim, 215 HP to be exact. The improved power helps with drivability, and it also gets a better range than the standard model.

2019 Nissan Leaf Engine
2020 Nissan Leaf Engine

The biggest problem with electric cars is the charging time. With a standard 110 Volt outlet, the Leaf will attain a full charge in a staggering 35 hours. If you do plan on using your car for daily errands though, there is a better charging method. A quick charging outlet will give the car enough juice for 90 miles in just 30 minutes, which is a lot more practical.

Models

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

MSRP

$30,885

$37,495

$44,450

$34,945

$22,460

Engine

AC Synchronous Motor

 AC permanent magnet motor 130 Kw Electric Motor 131 Kw AC Motor 1.5L i4 Gas/Electric

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Continuously variable automatic

Horsepower

147 hp@ 3282rpm

200 hp

170 hp@ 4800rpm

109 hp@ 8000rpm

99 hp @4800rpm

Torque

236 ft-lbs.

266 ft-lbs.

184 ft-bs

210 ft-lbs.

82 ft-lbs.@ 4000rpm

Chevrolet Bolt is a surprisingly powerful electric car, with a 200 Horsepower motor. Then there is the BMW i3, which is the one of the only two products in BMW’s i-series of cars. The i3 is an electric car but gets a range-extender 3-cylinder gasoline engine that charges the battery when your electric charge runs low.

There’s also Kia’s electric vehicle, the Soul EV wagon/hatchback. With just 109 Horsepower max output, it is on the lower end of the spectrum. For comparison purpose, there is Prius C included here, Toyota’s compact hybrid hatchback, just to check how the purely electric cars stack against a similar hybrid car.

Acceleration

Testing performance in environment friendly cars is extremely counter-intuitive, as you end up not using the car in a sustainable way. The faster the charge runs out, the faster you have to search for a charging port. Also, electric cars are a mixed bag in terms of acceleration. You get instant torque from the electric motors, which gives you blinding acceleration for a moment.

2019 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf

Then, when the motor reaches the peak output, you’d be left wishing for more juice. Nissan Leaf is just the same, with the ‘Plus’ being a little better, but still the same. 

Models

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

0-60 MPH

7.2

6.5 sec

7.2 sec

N/A

10.6 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Emission

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

3.8

Ride and Handling

The ride and handling of the Leaf aren’t particularly impressive. The steering doesn’t weigh up when the speed rises, and the feedback is minimal. The low mounted battery does give it a low center of gravity, which inspires quite a lot of confidence, although the skinny tires don't offer much grip. The lack of pesky clutch pedals and gear shifters does make life easy in the cities. To be honest, with its simple controls, driving the Leaf feels more like playing a videogame.

With its more powerful electric motor, the second-generation Nissan Leaf feels far more at home when jockeying for position in traffic than the original car, which was a bit of a slug. Its general smoothness, competent chassis demeanor, and steering feel will be utterly familiar to Leaf veterans.

Braking

To decelerate gently, you need not use the brake pedal, as you would in a conventional car. Instead, just roll off the accelerator, and the car will convert your motion (kinetic energy) into battery charge (electrical energy). When the need to shed speed is high though, you can depress the pedal and disc brake setup on all four wheels gets engaged. With left foot hard on the pedal, this car comes to a dead stop at a distance of 128 feet, which is average.

2019 Nissan Leaf wheel
2020  Nissan Leaf Tire

Model

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

11.1

11

11

11.1

10

Brake Rear (in.)

11.5

10

11

11.8

9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3433

3563

2965

3289

2530

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2020 Nissan Leaf electric Fuel Economy

8.0/10

For 2020, the standard Nissan Leaf offers a 40-kWh battery pack, same as the last year. What’s new in 2020 Leaf is the optional larger 62-kWh battery. The standard model gives a range of only 151 miles on a full charge, much less than the rivals, while the ‘Plus’ offers 226 miles of range, almost on par with Chevy Bolt and Kia Niro. The car reaches up to 80% charge in just 40 minutes with the help of a fast charge.

2019 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf Charge Port

Model

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

MPGe (city)

124

128

129

124

48

MPGe (highway)

99

110

106

93

43

MPGe (combined)

112

119

118

108

46

Tank Capacity (gal)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

9.5

2020 Nissan Leaf electric Interior

7.0/10

The [Nissan Leaf’s] seats are plush and accommodating, the back seat provides plenty of space for two adults, and the large rear cargo area isn't completely gobbled up by the battery pack since the Leaf was designed from the outset as an electric vehicle.-CarandDriver

Seating and Comfort

With generous exterior dimensions, you get plenty of space inside. You can carry 4 passengers apart from the driver, bringing the total to 5 people, in comfort. 2020 Leaf is one of the most comfortable EVs in the market right now. Owing to the lack of an engine, there is no engine sound in the cabin. Even the road and wind noises are kept to a minimum, although they do get prominent at speed.

2019 Nissan Leaf Rear Seat
2020 Nissan Leaf Rear Seats

You do get better interiors in its premium rival, the BMW, although it does demand some serious cash premium over the little Nissan. The Chevy EV though, doesn’t offer any significant improvement in interiors.

Model

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.2/54.3/42.1

39.7/54.6/41.6

39.6/53.6/40.5

39.6/55.5/40.9

41.7/52.3/37.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.2/49.2/31.9

39.5/54.7/36.0

37.0/51.7/35.0

Interior Features

  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Rear passenger air conditioning vents
  • Rear door alert
  • Nissan intelligent key with push-button ignition
  • Remote engine start system
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Variable intermittent speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and extensions
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror

Infotainment

Nissan Leaf has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports AM/FM, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2019 Nissan Leaf infotainment
2020 Nissan Leaf Infotainment Display
  • 7.0-inch Infotainment System (8.0-inch display is optional on ‘Plus’)
  • Automatic Temperature Control
  • Aerodynamic underbody panels
  • Nissan Navigation System
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Portable Charge Cables (120 V/ 240 V)
  • Leather-Appointed seats
  • Premium Audio System with seven speakers
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor

The navigation system of the car gives real-time traffic information with the help of satellite radio.

Cargo volume

The new Nissan has a very useful trunk, contrary to what cars usually offer in the segment. The battery pack is mounted low in the car, and thus the space in the trunk is kept free for cargo. The Leaf offers 23.6 cubic feet, which is almost the best in segment.

2019 Nissan Leaf cargo
2020 Nissan Leaf Cargo Space

Model

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

23.6

16.9

36.9

18.8

17.1

2020 Nissan Leaf front seat
2020 Nissan Leaf front seat
2020 Nissan Leaf cockpit area
2020 Nissan Leaf cockpit area
2020 Nissan Leaf air vent
2020 Nissan Leaf air vent
2020 Nissan Leaf infotainment
2020 Nissan Leaf infotainment
2020 Nissan Leaf rear seat
2020 Nissan Leaf rear seat
2020 Nissan Leaf steering
2020 Nissan Leaf steering

2020 Nissan Leaf electric Exterior

7.2/10

In keeping with the new oddness-reduced external style, the cabin is now more visually orthodox. The instruments have relatively subdued graphics, while offering a cornucopia of factoids on journey, energy, assistance and entertainment.-Top Gear

Design and Dimensions

The little Nissan is quite compact, at just over 176 inches and 70 inches in length and width. The compact dimensions sadly have a lot of metal hidden underneath, 3433 pounds of curb weight. The Leaf offers a ground clearance of 5.9 inches, which is great for a city car. Off-roading is a strict no-no, but you could take it over broken roads just fine.

2019 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf Side View

Model

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Curb weight (lbs.)

3433

3563

2965

3289

2530

Length(in)

176.4

164.0

158.3

163.0

162.4

Width(in)

70.5

69.5

69.9

70.9

68.6

Height(in)

61.4

62.8

62.9

63.0

59.6

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

N/A

N/A

5.9

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

102.4

101.2

101.2

100.4

Track width (in) F/R

60.6/61.2

59.1/59.1

61.9/62

62/62.4

58.5/58.1

With the 2018 redesign, the Nissan Leaf now looks a little prettier than the previous gen-model. The new design is surprisingly similar to the new Altima sedan, making the Leaf look more like an Altima based Hatchback. The headlights are almost rectangular units, with a U-shaped front grille complete the front look. You also get 17-inch Machine-Finished Aluminum Alloy Wheels, LED Headlights, with Daytime Running Lights integrated.

External Features

  • LED headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Aerodynamic underbody panels and rear diffuser
  • UV reducing solar glass
  • Acoustic laminated glass
  • Chrome v-motion grille
  • Dark chrome v-motion grille
2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf front view
2020 Nissan Leaf front view
2020 Nissan Leaf top view
2020 Nissan Leaf top view
2020 Nissan Leaf side view
2020 Nissan Leaf side view

2020 Nissan Leaf electric Safety

7.0/10

The list of standard safety features in the 2020 Nissan Leaf includes the following:

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with Dual-Stage Supplemental Front Air Bags with Seat Belt and Occupant-Classification Sensors
  • Driver and Front-Passenger Seat-Mounted Side-Impact Supplemental Air Bags
  • Roof-Mounted Curtain Supplemental Air Bags with Rollover Sensor for Side-Impact Head Protection For Front And Rear-Seat Outboard Occupants
  • Front Seat Belts with Pretensioners And Load Limiters
  • 3-Point ALR/ELR Passenger Seat Belt System (ELR For Driver)
  • Zone Body Construction with Front and Rear Crumple Zones
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) With Traction Control System (TCS)

 

2020 Nissan Leaf electric Competition

Nissan Leaf vs Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt is a great EV vehicle, with lots of range and plenty of usable power. The range actually is the biggest appeal with the Chevy, 238 miles compared to 150 miles on the Leaf. It also offers quicker acceleration, better steering and handling combo, more spacious interiors, and plusher seating. The Leaf offers better cargo capacity though and is also a little cheaper than the Bolt. If it isn’t too hard on your wallet, the Chevy is actually quite a nice buy, else, save a little money and get the Leaf

2019 Chevrolet Bolt
Chevrolet Bolt

Nissan Leaf vs BMW i3

The Beemer is a much more premium offering than the Nissan, and it feels like one too, both on the inside and outside. You could easily forget that this car is a “budget” offering, at least by BMW standards. You also get better range in the i3, and if you decide to spend a little extra, a range extender as well, which simply put, is just a gasoline engine that powers the battery when the charge goes down. Overall, the BMW is a much better offering, provided you are prepared to spend the extra cash.

2019 BMW i3
BMW i3

Nissan Leaf vs Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius is the quintessential Eco-friendly car, the one everyone knows, the one celebrities drive to show how much they care about the Earth. That’s because it has made a reputation for itself in the market internationally, and has a strong Eco-conscious image attached to it. Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, hasn’t had any comparable amount of success. It was not a particularly good-looking car till last year as well, nor was it really practical to run as well. That, however, has now changed.

2019 Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius

You can now buy a Leaf, confident in the knowledge that you won’t regret your decision at a later stage. The range is manageable, the power is fine, the drive is comfy, and you’re actually producing no emissions, compared to the Prius which produces some emissions, although not much.

2020 Nissan Leaf electric Final Verdict

7.0/10

The 2020 Nissan Leaf is quite a simple and practical electric car, one that is equally adept at city commutes. While spirited driving within city limits isn’t much of a problem, but try to avoid highways unless there are charging points along your route. Fast charging will give you a quick top-up for a good enough range. If you want to have an electric are considering an electric car on a slightly tight pocket, the Nissan Leaf will suit you well.

Frequently Asked Questions about 2020 Nissan Leaf

What is the cost of 2020 Nissan Leaf?

The 2020 Nissan Leaf S is priced at $ 29,990.

Which is better, Tesla Model 3 or Nissan Leaf?

Tesla Model 3 has a better range but the Nissan Leaf is obviously priced a lot lower than Tesla.

What's new in 2020 Nissan Leaf?

New Leaf Plus model with a larger battery pack and more powerful motor