2021 Nissan Leaf electric

MSRP $31,600 - $39,750

Ranked #3 in Hatchback

7.9

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2021 Nissan Leaf electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Nissan Leaf is an all-electric vehicle that has a sleek silhouette, hatchback design, and an aerodynamic look that lets you stand out from the crowd. This smart car is packed with features such as ProPILOT Assist to help you stay in your lane, ePedal for one-pedal driving, advanced safety features like Nissan Safety Shield, and a futuristic construction that includes a carbon fiber-reinforced body and powertrain. Welcome to the Nissan family.

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Pros

Conventional styling

Capacious and well-equipped cabin

Plenty of standard features

Brisk acceleration

Cons

Comparatively less range than the rivals

Some mediocre interior materials

What's New?

The 2021 Nissan Leaf remains unchanged


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31600

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

98 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

236 lb.-ft.

transmission

1 speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.1/11.5 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

176.4 in.

width

70.5 in.

height

61.4 in.

curb weight

3538 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

30 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1213 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 100000 mi.


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Trims

S$31,600 onwards

SV$34,190 onwards

S PLUS$38,200 onwards

SV PLUS$39,750 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Leaf electric in Bright Silver Metallic color
Bright Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.1

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

7.5

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


With an MSRP of $31,670, the 2021 Nissan Leaf is a machine of innovation, offering an impressive range of up to 226 miles on a single charge and a suite of technologies. 21st century styling and timeless functionality combine in this spacious, zero-emissions hatchback that benefits from quicker acceleration. It faces stiff competition from Hyundai Kona Electric, Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV. 

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Hatchback front view
2021 Nissan Leaf electric Hatchback rear view

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.1/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

7.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Nissan Leaf electric Features

The trim game in the 2021 Nissan Leaf is pretty complex with two configurations. Each of the configurations is branched out again into a few more trim levels. The first configuration features a 40kWh battery pack, available in two trims namely, S and SV. The second configuration has a 62kWh battery pack, offered in three different trims; S Plus, SV Plus and SL Plus. All the five trims come equipped with plenty of standard tech and safety features out of the box.

Features like push-button start, 4-speaker audio system, Height-adjustable driver’s seat, Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, Heated front seats and outside mirrors are standard across the S and SV trims. Nissan Connect EV with navigation features are standard on the Nissan SV, SV Plus, and SL model lines. The app can display information about your charge levels, trip data, and even help you start the car. These features are not available on the S or S Plus trim levels. 

Trims

S

SV

S Plus

SV Plus

SL Plus

MSRP (Manual)

$31,670

$34,960

$38,270

$40,520

$43,970

Key Features

Push-button start

Adds all the features of S trim

It has the same features as S trim while having a larger battery

It has the same features as the SV trim while having a larger battery

Adds all the features of SV Plus trim

 

4-speaker audio system

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

8-inch Touchscreen

Fog lights

Surround-view parking camera system

 

Cabin preheat/precool ability

6-speaker audio system

Intelligent Forward Collision warning

NissanConnect EV Services

Driver attention alert

 

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Navigation System with over-the-air updates

Siri Eyes Free

Quick charge port

LED Headlights

 

Rear spoiler

Heated front seats and outside mirrors

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

Heat pump

Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

 

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

Rear parking sensors

 

Leather upholstery

 

60/40 foldable rear seats

Adaptive cruise control

Automatic Climate Control

 

7-speaker Bose premium audio system

 

Satellite radio

     

ProPILOT assist

 

Four USB ports

       

Which trim should you buy? 

With the Leaf's base models with 149-mile range, commuters may not have any trouble finding parking, but the Leaf Plus' more than 200-mile range may be ideal. So we think that the SV Plus variant with Nissan's ProPilot Assist technology and a more comfortable eight-way power adjustable driver's seat are worth choosing if you think you'll be driving in heavy traffic on a regular basis.

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Engine and Performance

8.1/10

Nissan's Leaf 2021 electric vehicle is powered by a 40kWh battery pack powering an electric motor capable of producing 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Those with the Plus trim upgrade to a 62kWh motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Single-speed direct drive transmissions are used on both electric motors, routing the generated power to the front wheels. 

On the performance front, the Nissan Leaf 2021 will be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, complete a quarter-mile standing in 16.5 seconds and reach speeds of 98 miles per hour. 0-60 mph sprint on the S Plus can be done in 6.5 seconds, and a quarter mile can be accomplished in 15.4 seconds.

Models

2021 Nissan Leaf

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

MSRP

$31,670

$38,490

$36,500

$37,390

Engine

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

Power 

214 hp

283 hp

200 hp

201 hp

Torque 

250 lb-ft

307 lb-ft

266 lb-ft

290 lb-ft

0-60 mph (sec)

8.4 seconds

5.3 seconds

6.5 seconds

7.2 seconds

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.5 seconds

12.3 seconds

14.9 seconds

15.1 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

98 mph

140 mph

93 mph

104 mph

Power and torque are Tesla's distinguishing characteristics, making it the best vehicle in its class when compared with other vehicles. Competitively, it is similarly priced to its competition, which offers lesser performance and torque. Next to the Model 3 is the Nissan Leaf, producing 214 horses of power. Nevertheless, the Hyundai Kona comes out on top in terms of torque production.

How well does the 2021 Nissan Leaf handle?

The 2021 Nissan Leaf was designed to be comfortable and fun to drive, with a refined and composed ride while delivering an engaging driving experience. Unlike conventional cars, the torque in this car is instantaneous, the reason being its electric powertrain. All-new suspension components enhance the handling, ride quality, and overall smoothness of the car.

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Hatchback ride and handling

It boasts a high-performance electric drivetrain and a comfortable ride, despite its low center of gravity. High-strength steel in the passenger compartment reinforces body shell rigidity while a multi-link rear suspension helps deliver the driving feel you want. On the highway, you’ll enjoy the Leaf’s relaxed ride and the linear bumps are hardly felt. While, you may experience a marginal body-roll especially in the sleek corners and curves. 

2021 Nissan Leaf Braking Performance

Regarding braking, all four wheels of the Leaf are equipped with disc brakes. Rotor diameter at the front wheels is 11.1 inches, while at the rear they measure 11.5 inches. Using regenerative braking, the Nissan Leaf features an e-pedal feature that helps charge the battery as well as utilize power more efficiently.

Models

2021 Nissan Leaf

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.1

13.2

11.0

12

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.5

13.2

10.0

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,538

3,554

3,563

3,715

60-0 (feet)

121

119

116

129

Furthermore, Nissan's electric hatchback is designed with automated emergency braking, electronic brake distribution with brake assist, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Even though the 2021 Nissan Leaf is heavier than the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Chevy Bolt EV, it can be brought to a halt from 60 mph in just 121 feet with its brakes.

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Fuel Economy

9.9/10

Nissan Leaf is known for being a highly efficient electric vehicle, delivering great range even with its base models. The Nissan could be outdone by other EVs that are more efficient, but it remains a viable choice. Based on Nissan's conversion figures for 2021, the city figures and highway figures are 114 and 94, respectively. A single charge will last about 150 miles on the base models and 226 miles on the plus variants with bigger batteries. 

Models

2021 Nissan Leaf

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

MPGe (City)

114

148

127

132

MPGe (Highway)

94

132

108

108

MPGe (Combined)

104

141

118

120

Range 

226 miles

250 miles

259 miles

258 miles

Among the competition, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has the longest range, promising 259 miles. The 2021 Hyundai Kona, on the other hand, has a similar range of 258 miles per charge. On the whole, if we look at the parameters individually, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 has the best offer for city, highway, and its combined score. 

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the 2021 Nissan Leaf is very well designed with a strong sense of practicality running through it. In spite of its minimal design and plastic material, the dashboard doesn't feel cheap. That being said, no wood-grain or chrome inserts are available, but the cabin overall does not feel cheap either. There is no shifter, but there is a drive mode selector that can be used to switch between advanced and conventional driving modes. With its unique design, the selector expresses the same futuristic quality as the car it is attached to.

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Hatchback front seats

The 2021 Nissan Leaf has sufficient seating room that can accommodate 5 occupants on the inside. Legroom and headroom are abundant in the rear and in the front. Despite being an EV, you don't hear the powerful engine roar, leaving you only to hear the sounds of the roadway. Leather and Alcantara are used on the edge of the front seats, which are heated and power-adjustable. Other features like Automatic climate control, Heated Leather Wrapped Steering wheel and heated front seats are standard. 

Models

2021 Nissan Leaf

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.2/54.3/42.1

40.3/56.3/42.7

39.7/54.6/41.6

38.0/55.5/41.5

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.3/52.5/33.5

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.7/54.5/33.4

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

23.6

15

16.9

19.2

With a standard cargo area of 23.6 cubic feet, the Nissan Leaf has plenty of space on board for its segment which is more than the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and Hyundai Kona. Fold down the 60/40 rear seats and the space expands to 30.0 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. The Tesla Model 3 on the other hand, offers gentle seating space but lacks in the luggage room. 

 Standard interior features of the 2021 Nissan Leaf include:

  • Heated Leather Wrapped Steering wheel
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Cloth upholstery and available leather upholstery
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Push-button start and Proximity keyless entry
  • Rear door alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat in SL Plus trim

How intuitive is the 2021 Nissan Leaf’s Infotainment System?

The 2021 Nissan Leaf boasts an ample set of infotainment features to keep you entertained. There is an 8" infotainment screen on all trim levels of the 2021 Leaf. Also standard across the trim ladder are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Despite not being particularly pleasing to the eye, Nissan Connect's latest interface responds to inputs quickly and intuitively.All the base trims feature four-speaker and six-speaker audio systems while the top of the line trim comes with Bose Premium Audio, featuring seven speakers, resulting in a very vibrant and rich sound. 

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Hatchback infotainment screen

All the standard Infotainment features are listed below:

  • 8-inch color touchscreen with NissanConnect
  • AppleCarplay and Android Auto compatibility
  • 4 USB ports
  • 4-speaker/6-speaker audio system and Bose premium audio system on SL Plus trim
  • Voice recognition
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Exterior

8.1/10

The body design of the Nissan Leaf is uniform in its simplicity. The style is reminiscent of a pod with no sharp edges and virtually no surface features—a look enhanced by the car's low-slung, sleek silhouette. The car's design was inspired by Nissan Motor's "clean sheet" strategy from its roots, as well as studies of zero-emission vehicles around the world. Clean, geometric lines flow through every part of the vehicle—from the nose to the tip of the high-tech spoiler at the rear.

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Hatchback 

It looks like a typical car with some sporty flair, except for the "zero emissions" badge on the lower part of the front door. There is a deeper V-shaped grille like on other Nissans in this second generation, as well as a blacked-out rear trim panel that gives the roof a floating appearance. The non-plus variants sport 16-inch wheels while the Plus trims boast 17-inch alloy wheels. As standard, LED taillights, heated outside mirrors, LED Headlights with DRLs and fog lights appear across all the five variants.

Models

2021 Nissan Leaf

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,909 lbs

3,554 lbs

3,563 lbs

3,715 lbs

Length (inches)

170.4

184.8

164.0

164.6

Width (inches)

70.5

72.8

69.5

70.9

Height (inches)

61.6

56.8

62.8

61.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.9

5.5

5.5

6.2

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

113.2

102.4

102.4

With a mass of 3.909 lbs, the Nissan Leaf is the heaviest of the above cars, and its dimensions are similar to those of the Chevy Bolt and Hyundai Kona except for the length. As the longest and lightest of the above cars, the Tesla Model 3 also possess the longest wheelbase amongst the competitors. 

Some standout exterior features of the Nissan Leaf include:

  • Chrome V-motion grille
  • LED Headlights with DRLs
  • Fog Lights
  • 16/17-inch steel/alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Heated outside mirrors

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Safety

6.0/10

While the 2021 Nissan Leaf hasn’t been tested by either of the testing agencies, we have the ratings of the 2020 Model that bagged an overall rating of 5-star. A wide range of driver-assistance and safety features come standard inside the Nissan Leaf. Despite the fact Nissan Safety Shield 360 features are well known, the safety suite of the Leaf goes much further. A new version of Nissan's safety features is included as standard: Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Apart from these, it comes standard with other features like Lane Keep assist, Pedestrian detection and Blind-spot monitoring. 

Standard and available safety features include:

  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Forward collision detection/warning system
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Available Adaptive cruise control
  • Available ProPilot Assist
  • Available Surround-view parking camera system
  • Available Driver attention alert

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Competition

8.0/10

2021 Nissan Leaf vs 2021 Tesla Model 3

The Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model 3 are both popular electric cars, but they have different benefits. The Nissan Leaf is among the least expensive cars in its class, and it has a range of 226 miles on a single charge that’s comparable to many competitors. It lacks some of the bells and whistles that come standard on more expensive models, though. The Tesla Model 3 has a range of 250 miles, allowing it to drive farther than other electric vehicles.However, Tesla’s luxury coach and more battery options are more expensive than those of Nissan. You’ll have to decide which one you value most.

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Nissan Leaf vs 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

If you're in the market for a sleek and stylish midsize luxury sedan, you should definitely consider the 2021 Audi A6 which is a direct competitor for Jaguar XF. It's an attractive vehicle due to its design, performance, and luxury value. In terms of performance, the Audi's numbers are better than the Jaguar's, but it doesn't have all that much more technology as standard on board. The Audi has something called Virtual Cockpit 2. This mode gives drivers a customizable dashboard that can be modified any way they choose and provides them with a fully digital view ahead while driving. This is so much easier to use than the Jag, which needs drivers to revert back and forth between windshields or opt for a head-up display in some cases.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Nissan Leaf vs 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

EVs penetrating the automotive market have been spearheaded by the Nissan Leaf since its inception. But the Hyundai Kona Electric has made a decent mark with class-leading range ever since its introduction. From the past few years, Hyundai has perfected this formula, making the 2020 model seem like a more than adequate replacement for a conventional hatchback. The Leaf surely lacks behind in features, power and range, however, it’s the most affordable and value for money option available in the compact EV segment. 

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

 

2021 Nissan Leaf electric Final Verdict

7.5/10

2021 Nissan Leaf electric is one of the most popular electric hatchbacks on the market. Considering the Leaf's mpg figure and a host of tech and safety features, it turns out to be an excellent value proposition. Designed to survive, the Nissan Leaf is among the best options to choose if you're looking for a greener alternative to mobility at an affordable price. However, if you’re looking for an EV with dynamic styling and exceptional performance, the Tesla Model 3 would be the right choice.