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2020 Nissan Leaf

2020 Nissan Leaf

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$31,600 — $43,900 MSRP
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Hatchback
5 Seats
105-112 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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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
2020 Nissan Leaf exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Nissan Leaf
  • 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

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2020 Nissan Leaf Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Nissan Leaf currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Nissan Leaf S

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

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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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Leaf received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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