2021 Nissan LEAF for Sale in Warwick, RI
The Nissan LEAF was fairly unique when it debuted a decade ago: fully electric vehicles were rare enough in those days, but here was one that was made by a mainstream automaker. Range wasn’t the original LEAF’s strength – it didn’t even break 75 miles per charge – but it helped pave the way for the influx of EVs we’re enjoying today. The well-respected Kelley Blue Book even named it the top EV in its class in 2019.
Thanks to improvements over the years and a 2018 full redesign, the LEAF now has significantly better range, a more modern look, and all of the latest technology. The 2021 version has a striking appearance, dominated by a futuristic floating-style roof and Nissan’s distinctive V-Motion grille. It’s packed with useful technology, both for safer driving and staying connected wherever you go.
Trims and Mechanical Basics
Nissan makes two versions: the LEAF and LEAF Plus. The regular LEAF has a 147-horsepower motor and a 40-kWh battery that allows for 150 miles of electric range. The regular LEAF returns an EPA-estimated 123 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) during in-town driving and 99 MPGe on the open highway. The LEAF Plus gets a 214-horsepower motor and a 62-kWh battery that extends the range to 226 miles. It provides 118 MPGe city/97 MPGe highway.
Standard Features by Trim
There are three trim levels made: the S, SV, and SL. The S and SV are available with both versions, but the SL is only available on the LEAF Plus. The base S gets keyless entry, push-button start, automatic headlights (halogen), automatic climate control, three USB ports, one USB-C port, 16-inch steel wheels, and an illuminated charge port with a lock. Buyers can add the S Charge Package to upgrade to a 50 kW fast-charging port with a 120/240V cable. Those charging upgrades are standard on the LEAF Plus S, which also gets 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The SV trim receives 17-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel wrapped in leather, heated exterior mirrors, fog lights, NissanConnect services, and the quick-charging 50-kW port. Buyers of the SV trim can add the SV Technology Package to get the 120/240-volt portable charging cable, a power driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink universal transceiver, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and an electronic parking brake, plus an array of driver-assist technologies: semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control and lane centering (ProPilot Assist), a surround-view monitor, driver attention warning, The SL includes everything in the SV Technology Package plus exterior mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, leather seats, and a removable cover for the cargo area.
The Nissan Safety Shield 360 package of driver-assist features comes on all LEAF models, although the higher trims receive added features. The S has automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent lane intervention, blind-spot intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, a rear sonar system, and rear automatic braking. The SV also gets adaptive cruise control, and the SL gets the most advanced technologies via ProPilot Assist.
The base infotainment system, found in the S trim, has a good-sized (8 inches) touchscreen and can also be controlled by voice recognition. Its other features include smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a sound system with four speakers. The SV is upgraded with navigation and another pair of speakers. The SL will make audiophiles happy with its premium Bose sound system, which comes with seven speakers.