2020 Nissan Leaf for Sale in West Springfield, MA
The electric vehicle (EV) segment is full of attractive options for drivers looking for an eco-friendly alternative. But many forget that Nissan’s fully electric Leaf has been a winner in this class for the better part of a decade. In 2020, the Leaf is still looking like a top dog, with its roomy interior, generous selection of features, and affordable price. Notable improvements for the 2020 model year include standard active safety technologies that were previously optional and an improved infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto standard on every trim. And for something that’s truly unique, pedestrians may notice that the Leaf “sings” when it passes by at low speeds. This is a safety feature that Nissan added to this model several years ago to provide a pleasant warning noise to alert pedestrians that an EV – which would otherwise be almost silent – is approaching.
Trims and Powertrain
The front-wheel-drive 2020 Nissan Leaf is sold in five trim levels: S, SV, S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus. The non-Plus models are powered by a 147 horsepower 110-kW electric motor with a 40-kWh battery pack for up to 149 miles of range. The Plus models receive a more robust 214 hp 160-kW electric motor working in conjunction with a 62-kWh battery to get up to 226 miles of range. The standard models return an EPA-estimated 123 MPGe in the city and 99 MPGe on the highway, while the Plus variations go down slightly to 118 MPGe in the city and 97 MPGe on the highway due to their more powerful motor.
Safety and Technology
The S and S Plus come with a load of active safety technology within Nissan Safety Shield 360 (intelligent forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, high beam assist, intelligent blind-spot intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear automatic braking), plus intelligent trace control and a rear sonar system. The SV and SV Plus add intelligent cruise control to their standard equipment, but they’re also eligible for ProPilot Assist, an intelligent around-view monitor, and intelligent driver alertness, all of which the SL Plus gets as standard.
The S and S Plus get the base infotainment system, whose main features are an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free capability, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, three USB ports, and one USB-C port. The SV and SV Plus are supplied with voice recognition, a six-speaker audio system, and HD radio, while the SL Plus rounds out the connectivity and entertainment technology with a premium seven-speaker Bose audio system.
Comfort and Convenience
The S comes with some good basic features, such as a rearview camera, automatic temperature control, push-button ignition, and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats. The SV is enhanced with fog lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Some options can be ordered to further upgrade the SV, such as LED headlights, heated side mirrors, a hybrid heater system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The S Plus and SV Plus versions have the same equipment as the regular models, but they get the more powerful motor. The SL Plus receives all of the optional features as standard, in addition to leather seats.