2020 Nissan LEAF Price Goes Up, Comes With More Standard Kit

You pay more, but you also get more.

Nissan has increased the price of its Leaf electric vehicle by $1,610 for the current model year over 2019. The minimum you will therefore have to pay to get behind the wheel of one of Nissan’s highly popular EVs is $31,600, for a base Leaf S with the 40 kWh battery pack ($925 destination charge not included).

The price bump over 2019 can be explained through the raft of new features that are now included as standard. All 2020 Leaf models come with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360, a pack that includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection functionality (which also works when reversing), as well as Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist.

This compliments the safety kit that already came standard on every Leaf – front collision warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Blind Spot Intervention on top of the usual assortment of airbags.

Nissan says it has revised the volume of the “Canto” pedestrian safety sound that is played on the exterior of the vehicle at speeds of up to 18.6 mph (30 km/h); it is constant when the car is being driven forward and turns into a pulsing chime when in reverse. All cars come with a standard 8-inch touchscreen display that has built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality (previously reserved for higher-spec, long-range examples).

Standard cars come equipped with a 40 kWh battery pack, just like before, and it bestows them with a claimed range of 149 miles. The Leaf Plus S comes with a larger 62 kWh battery pack that increases the range to 226 miles, as well as a more powerful 214 horsepower electric motor.

The most expensive model in the lineup is the Leaf SL Plus that comes fully loaded for $43,900. It has the Intelligent Around View Monitor and Intelligent Drive Alertness systems as well and the knee airbags for the front passengers as standard.

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