All About the New 2021 Leaf
S: At the base level, the Leaf depends on the combination of an electric motor and a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery to propel it with 147 horsepower. That’s enough to get this five-door hatchback to get from point A to point B without a problem. Driving range is estimated at 149 miles, and MPGe is estimated at 123 in the city and 99 on the highway. Included is the e-Pedal regenerative braking system, which can be adjusted to allow for one-pedal driving. The cabin offers two rows of seats to accommodate up to five people, with cargo space been fantastic for its class. (23.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, with the possibility of extending it to 30 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.) For infotainment, an 8-inch touchscreen integrates several features, such as four speakers, an AM/FM radio tuner, Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, hands-free text messaging, a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio, and four USB ports for hooking up mobile devices. Even at the S trim level, the Leaf is stuffed with several driver-assistance features, which include the following:
• Rearview mirror with rear parking sensors
• Intelligent forward collision warning
• Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
• Intelligent lane intervention
• Intelligent blind spot intervention
• Rear cross-traffic alert
• Rear automatic braking
• High beam assist
If a crash occurs, the Leaf can deploy any of eight airbags, which consist of two frontal impact airbags, two knee airbags (for the driver and front passenger), two side impact airbags, and two side curtain airbags.
SV: Comfort and convenience are boosted considerably at the SV trim level. Infotainment is enhanced with the introduction of features such as a six-speaker setup (instead of four speakers), navigation, and three-month trial subscriptions to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. Also added are adaptive cruise control, heating on the front seats, and heating and leather wrapping (instead of urethane) on the steering wheel.
S PLUS: At the S Plus trim level, Nissan replaces the 40-kWh lithium-ion battery with a larger, 62-kWh one for 67 more horsepower. Although the SV and SL Plus have the same battery, neither one offers the same driving range boost. (With the S Plus, expect a driving range of 226 miles, as opposed to the 215 miles on the SV Plus and SL Plus.) In addition, MPGe drops to 118 in the city and 97 on the highway. (It dips to 114/94 MPGe on the other upper-level trims.) Notably, features such as front-seat heating, the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the six-speaker setup are missing at this trim level.
SV PLUS: Here, the features introduced at the SV level but removed at the S Plus level are re-introduced.
SL PLUS: As the range topper, the SL Plus is the only model with ProPILOT Assist, a technology that keeps you centered in your lane of travel and take over the stop-and-go tedium of traffic for you. Other features exclusive to the SL Plus include the following:
• Seven-speaker Bose premium audio system
• Surround-view parking camera system (in place of the rearview camera)
• Driver attention alert
• Leather seat trim
• Eight-way power adjustability on the driver’s seat.
Ready to test-drive the 2021 Leaf? Call us today at Greenway Nissan of Brunswick, where we have a grand team of Nissan specialists to assist you. Also at Greenway Nissan of Brunswick, we have several Brunswick Leaf units to choose from. So, if you are in the Brunswick area, stop by to see what Leaf works best for you.