Nissan has been making its Safety Shield 360 suite of safety and driver assistance systems standard across its lineup — and now, for 2020, it’s the Leaf’s turn. For the new model year, the electric hatchback gets more standard safety features and updated pedestrian-warning sounds, and base versions get a larger touchscreen — all for a modest bump in price.
Base S versions of the 2020 Leaf start at $32,525 — $1,610 more than model-year 2019 versions. SV versions start at $35,115 — $1,590 more than the previous version (all prices include a $925 destination charge).
New standard features on both models include a lot of safety tech — automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, reverse automatic braking and high-beam assist — as well as a new 8-inch color touchscreen display with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which was previously available on Leaf Plus models.
Leaf Plus models — which feature a larger battery and more range — also get additional standard safety equipment, though it already had extra standards like automatic emergency braking and the e-Pedal, which uses regenerative braking to allow one-pedal driving in many situations. For 2020, it gets a similar price increase across its S (now priced at $39,125), SV ($40,675) and SL Plus ($44,825) trim levels.
Also revised are the car’s two pedestrian safety sounds, which receive updates in tone and volume for 2020. The Leaf makes a constant tone, the Canto sound (derived from the Latin verb for “I sing”), when going forward at speeds of less than 18.6 mph and a pulsing chime when reversing.
The 2020 Nissan Leaf is on sale now.
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