In a world of green energy and planet-saving technology, clean cars are all the rage. Just about every car manufacturer out there has come out with a couple of hybrid cars, but not many have introduced fully electric vehicles onto the market. That's where Nissan is making history with the fully electric 2021 Nissan LEAF. If you're looking to save the planet while also saving your own pocketbook, then this sharp car is for you.
The Nissan LEAF first hit the market back in 2010, making it among the first available vehicles to run without a drop of gasoline. The second generation arrived for 2018, giving the LEAF far more range and new features. No longer do you need to worry about spending a chunk of every paycheck at the gas station or worry about all the emissions your car is pumping into the air. Thanks to the 2021 LEAF, all that is a thing of the past.
But the new LEAF has more to offer than just clean and green energy. There is so much more to this commuter car than meets the eye. So if you're ready to make a change that is truly impactful without sacrificing your own comforts and conveniences, take a look at what this car has to offer.
Horsepower (hp): 147-214
Range (miles): 226
Cargo Volume (cu.ft.): 30
The 2021 Nissan LEAF comes with what's known as Nissan's Safety Shield 360. This suite of advanced technology works hard at keeping you safe so you can rest easy and enjoy the drive. It includes features such as emergency braking and pedestrian detection, which will automatically apply the brakes if you get too close to the vehicle in front of you and alert you if a pedestrian is within a certain range. You also have access to rear automatic braking, which will prevent you from hitting poles, walls, and other objects that you couldn't see behind you.
One safety feature that is unique to Nissan is the intelligent forward collision warning. The Nissan LEAF can actually see two cars in front of it, and when it detects that the vehicles in front of you are behaving unexpectedly, such as suddenly stopping or slowing down, it will react proactively and more easily prevent you from getting caught in a collision. And the intelligent around-view mirror gives you a 360-degree view of the area surrounding your LEAF, so when you are backing and parking, you know exactly what's going on at all times. These are the kinds of features that set the Nissan apart from all the rest.
For a small and compact commuter vehicle, the Nissan LEAF boasts quite a bit of interior space. This is true for both the passengers and the cargo. You definitely won't feel cramped when driving in a 2021 LEAF. When the rear seats are folded down, this vehicle offers an impressive 30 cu.ft. of interior cargo space so you can cart around quite a bit of stuff. Or if you prefer to leave your seats up for passengers, the trunk gives you 23.6 cu.ft. of cargo space, which is perfect for your weekly trip to the grocery store or wherever else you like to go. And, of course, the LEAF offers a cargo cover so you can hide everything you are carrying from public view, thus decreasing the chances of theft.
Passengers can enjoy a comfortable ride with access to 92.4 cu.ft. of space. This means all five passengers will have plenty of elbow room and legroom, so they don't feel cramped while on the road. Or if you have both passengers and cargo, the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split so you can fit both people and their stuff with ease.
Comfort in 2021 LEAF goes beyond just passenger volume. The front seats come with available heated seats so that you'll be sitting cozy even on the coldest of days. The heated steering wheel will also keep the driver from freezing his fingers off during that early morning drive. The surrounding air temperature can be completely customized as well with the easy-to-use automatic temperature control. Never again will the passenger and the driver have to argue about how hot or how cold to keep the vehicle because now they each have their own customized space.
Have you ever worried about leaving your purse, or even worse, your child alone in the back seat when you get out of the car? The 2021 Nissan LEAF has solved that problem with the rear door alert, which will automatically remind you to check the rear seat for your precious cargo. The alert is both audible and visual, so you don't need to worry about accidentally missing it. And, of course, Nissan's intelligent key allows you to unlock and start up your vehicle without ever taking the key out of your pocket. It's a wonder how we ever lived for so long without these innovative features.
The 2021 Nissan LEAF is one of the first fully electric vehicles to enter the market, and it couldn't have happened a moment too soon. As pollution levels both in the air and on the ground reach epic heights, more and more people are becoming aware of the need to take care of the planet. And thankfully, the 2021 LEAF makes it easy to impact the world in a positive way.
Rather than running on diesel or gasoline, the 2021 Nissan LEAF is completely electric, which means it runs much the same way as your household vacuum cleaner - off of electricity. The LEAF comes with a powerful lithium-ion battery that, when fully charged, can get you hundreds of miles worth of driving range. This also means you will never have to wait in line at the fuel pumps again.
The Nissan LEAF has two battery options for you to choose from. The standard 40 kWh battery gives you up to 149 miles of range, and the optional 62 kWh battery in the PLUS models gives you up to 226 miles of range. In a nutshell, the 149 and the 226 are the number of miles your LEAF can go on a single charge. For city dwellers, that's a lot of time between daily commutes before you need to worry about getting your LEAF back up to a full charge. Or for those with a bit of wanderlust, that gives you a decent range of travel before you need to park for the night and recharge.
Charging your LEAF is easy too. All you have to do is make sure your vehicle is off, open the charge port, and plug the connector into your charge port. The Nissan will beep when you've successfully plugged it in so that you know it's charging successfully. When it's fully charged, the LEAF will automatically stop bringing in power so that the battery doesn't get worn out too soon, and when you're ready, you can just remove the connector, close the port, and be on your merry way. Depending on the speeds at which you want your LEAF to charge, you can choose from specialized at-home charging ports, quick public charging ports, or a traditional at-home 120V outlet.
But the LEAF isn't just efficient; it is also quite fun. The standard powertrain offers 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of instantaneous torque, while the upgraded option delivers 214 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. This provides incredible acceleration off the line, and you will never have to worry about lagging behind again.
As if that wasn't good enough, the news just keeps getting better and better. Nissan is a reputable company that stands behind its products, and this includes the LEAF's battery. Every brand new LEAF comes with an impressive Lithium-ion battery warranty of 96 months or 100,000 miles, so you know that you won't need to worry about needing to replace your car's battery for a long time. This is, of course, on top of all the other warranties your new Nissan already comes with.