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2021 Nissan Leaf

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Battery range (EPA estimate)

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Fully electric with lots of cargo space

Are you trying to minimize your footprint, without compromising on cargo space and features? If so, consider the 2021 Nissan Leaf. The Leaf has seating for five and lots of cargo space due to its hatchback design. That means it can fit strollers, beach supplies, or golf clubs with ease. The 2021 Nissan Leaf also comes standard with many driver-assistance features, which can give you peace of mind behind the wheel. The 2021 Leaf is a great hatchback, and the fact that it's fully electric just gives it extra appeal. While we currently do not have many 2021 Nissan Leafs on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Nissan Leaf with similar features.

All Nissan Leaf years

New for 2021

  • The SV Plus trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control, Heated Steering Wheel, Front Seat Heaters, and Rear Spoiler as standard equipment.
  • The S trim now comes with Rear Spoiler, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment.
  • The SV trim now comes with Parking Sensors, Heated Steering Wheel, and Front Seat Heaters as standard equipment.

Explore Nissan Leaf details

SV Plus 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Seat(s)

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Engine size


Engine type




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.1"/R 33.5"

Head room

F 41.2"/R 37.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




5 reasons to buy the 2021 Nissan Leaf

1. Fully electric

2021 Nissan Leaf: Battery | CarMax

Electric is a great choice when it comes to future-proofing your vehicle. With the 2021 Leaf, that future is here. It's a fully electric hatchback with a striking design and a range of battery size choices. And, while the Leaf's electric credentials might have caught your interest, it's the great features that will make you consider it for your next used car.

2. Lots of cargo room

2021 Nissan Leaf: Cargo | CarMax

Space can be a precious commodity, especially if you live a busy lifestyle where you regularly need to transport passengers and cargo. The 2021 Nissan Leaf stands out, with nearly 24 cu-ft of cargo space. You can load up your band equipment or go camping without thinking twice. Plus, the back seat is spacious enough for your friends to tag along.

3. Many driver aids

2021 Nissan Leaf: Steering wheel | CarMax

You'll love the long list of standard driver-assistance features on the 2021 Nissan Leaf. It's equipped with blind-spot monitoring, emergency braking, and lane-keep assist, plus newer features including a rear seat reminder. If you want more driver aids, shop for a model with the available ProPilot Assist, a partly autonomous driving system that will do some of the braking, accelerating, and steering for you in certain conditions.

4. Straightforward tech

2021 Nissan Leaf: Entertainment screen | CarMax

The 2021 Leaf comes standard with tech features to keep you connected on the road. You'll get an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity, and three USB ports. Since the Leaf makes it easy to connect wirelessly or with a cord, you'll never have to be without your favorite podcasts or music. This makes it a great choice if you love weekend getaways or simply have a long commute.

5. Peppy acceleration

2021 Nissan Leaf: Front of car | CarMax

Since the Nissan Leaf is electric, it delivers instant acceleration. With the standard 147-hp electric motor and 40kWh battery pack, the 2021 Leaf accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). With that power, your daily commute can become a little livelier.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Nissan Leaf, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

The Mini Cooper SE Electric was introduced in 2020. 2020-2022 models come standard with a 32.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that produces 181 hp. The Mini Cooper SE Electric is ideal if you want a compact car and don't need much rear legroom or cargo space.

Here's what you'll find standard on the 2020-2022 Mini Cooper SE Electric:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats

  • Apple CarPlay connectivity

  • Navigation and 6.5-inch display screen

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

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RepairPal reliability rating


RepairPal gave the Nissan Leaf an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Leaf 3rd out of 4 among Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

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2021 Nissan Leaf trims


  •  Includes 40kWh lithium-ion battery that produces 147 hp via the electric motor, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, push-button start, driver aids, and more.


  •  Adds 50kW quick charge port, adaptive cruise control, heated mirrors, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, six-speaker audio system, and more.

S Plus:

  •  Includes all features of the S trim, with a 62kWh lithium-ion battery that increases horsepower to 214, plus a 100kW quick charge port.

SV Plus:

  •  Includes all features of the SV trim, with a 62kWh lithium-ion battery that produces 214 hp.

SL Plus:

  •  Unlocks 62kWh lithium-ion battery that produces 214 hp, ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system, leather seats, Bose® audio, and more.

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2021 Nissan Leaf FAQ

More about the 2021 Nissan Leaf

Color options

2021 Nissan Leaf: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic

  • Deep Blue Pearl

  • Glacier White

  • Gun Metallic

  • Pearl Gray Tricoat

  • Scarlet Ember Tricoat

  • Sunset Drift ChromaFlair

  • Super Black

  • Two-Tone Pearl White Tricoat/Super Black

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Light Gray

Interior details

The 2021 Nissan Leaf comes standard with cloth seating, though leather seating is available on the SL Plus trim. The 2021 Leaf has 41.2 inches of legroom in the front seats and 33.5 inches in the rear seats, which is fairly roomy for a hatchback. If you live in a cold climate, opt for the SV or SV Plus trims, which give you heated front seats and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Child seat details

The 2021 Nissan Leaf has LATCH anchors on each of the rear outboard seats. Two car seats can fit in the Leaf. However, if you're installing rear-facing seats, you might find that the front passenger or driver could feel a bit cramped.


Because it has an electric motor, the 2021 Nissan Leaf has snappy acceleration that makes driving away from stoplights or merging onto the highway exciting. All 2021 Nissan Leafs have the same motor; the battery pack determines their horsepower. With the standard 40kWh lithium-ion battery, the 2021 Leaf produces 147 hp and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 90 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). With that battery, the 2021 Leaf has an EPA-estimated range of 149 miles on a full charge.

 The 62kWh lithium-ion battery produces 214 horsepower. With that battery, the Leaf has an EPA-estimated range of 215 miles in SV Plus and SL Plus trims and 226 miles in the S Plus trim—all when fully charged.

Year comparison

2011-2017 Nissan Leaf (first generation)

The first generation of the Nissan Leaf debuted in 2011. The 2011 model has a 24kWh lithium-ion battery and a motor that produces 107 hp. In 2016, a 30kWh battery was introduced, and it came standard in 2017. With that battery, the Leaf still produced 107 hp. Until the 2015 model, heated seats and steering wheel were standard, but they became an available option in 2016.

2018-present Nissan Leaf (second generation)

The second-generation Leaf is larger and has more cargo space. It also has more power, with a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack that produces 147 hp. In 2019 a more powerful 62kWh lithium-ion battery pack was introduced, which resulted in 214 hp and a longer EPA-estimated range.

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