2020 Nissan Leaf

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$31,600

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2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 Nissan Leaf

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Driving range
  • Feels light and nimble
  • Performance in Normal driving mode
  • Brake pedal feel
  • Useful e-Pedal system
  • Effective ProPilot Assist technology

The bad:

  • Ride harshness
  • Performance in Eco driving mode
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope, only tilts
  • Rear-seat comfort for adult passengers
  • Huge ledge where cargo floor and folded backseat meet
  • Too much hard plastic in cabin

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2020 Nissan Leaf trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Nissan Safety Shield 360 now standard
  • All-electric, five-seat compact hatchback
  • EPA-estimated 150-mile driving range standard
  • Plus version with around 226 miles of range
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • ProPilot Assist driver-assist safety system available

2020 Nissan Leaf review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Nissan Leaf?

The Nissan Leaf hatchback — one of the earliest mainstream electric cars, debuting for the 2011 model year — was redesigned for 2018 and features an EPA-estimated driving range of 150 miles on a full charge. 

The five-seat Leaf is powered by a standard 147-horsepower electric motor and has a 40-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged in about eight hours at 240 volts. The Leaf Plus has a bigger battery pack and a more powerful electric motor. The front-wheel-drive Leaf competes with EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq EV and Volkswagen e-Golf.

What’s New on the 2020 Nissan Leaf?

New standard active safety features include rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist. Standard front-seat knee airbags and rear-seat side impact airbags have also been added. An 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is also standard. 

What Features in the 2020 Nissan Leaf Are Most Important?

With an estimated range of 150 miles standard, the regular Leaf trails the Bolt EV’s 259-mile range (as well as the Tesla Model 3’s 220-mile standard range). The Leaf Plus brings the hatchback’s range closer to the Bolt EV’s and should help dampen most range-anxiety concerns. A quick-charge port (optional on the base, S trim level and standard on other trims) can charge the battery to 80 percent of its capacity in about 45 minutes at a fast-charging station.

All Leafs have an e-Pedal, which can initiate gradual braking when the driver lifts off the accelerator. The optional ProPilot Assist system can steer the car in its lane and maintain a set distance from traffic directly ahead all the way to a complete stop.

Should I Buy the 2020 Nissan Leaf?

Buying an electric car requires a commitment to managing your electric range and living with its limitations. The Model 3 is more expensive, so the Leaf’s real rivals are EVs such as the Bolt EV and Ioniq EV. Both competitors have longer standard driving ranges, but we recommend trying all three before deciding which best suits your needs.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

WHY is this five STARS

The steering is bad the seat is broken the review mirror is crooked and the driving is so bad it broke my bum. and this car is horrible

5.0

A reliable and economical car

This is perfect car for my daughter. She can use for her college commute. Saving money on gas is PLUS and environmentally friendly. Nissan brand is reliable

5.0

Awesome car

This 2020 Nissan Leaf SL Plus is awesome in comfort and performance. I am getting an estimated 210 to 240 mile range per charge. Little to no maintenance costs. Above and beyond customer service from Nissan. This is the third Leaf I have leased from Pearson Nissan in Ocala and will probably purchase this one.

See all 5 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
N/A
Powertrain
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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