I recently picked up a 2015 C-Max Energi. Ford is offering $9257 off of MSRP on leases (as a cap cost reduction) through 9/30/2015. We've been eyeing the car (new and used) for a while, and this offer was too good to pass up.
When I first got the Leaf, my wife was hesitant to drive an EV. After a few months, she did a 180, and basically took the Leaf as her own car. She was driving more miles than me during the day, and she always had the kids (the Leaf is much taller than our previous car - a 2010 Honda Insight - and hence easier to load kids into car seats).
She loves her new car. And I love driving my Leaf again. Talk about a win-win!
Here are some of my observations / opinions on the car:
We've already taken a 100-mile round trip in the car, with a fifth person sitting between the two car seats in the back. She said she was comfortable there. She wouldn't have even fit in the Insight.
Coming from the Insight, the trunk is actually a net increase in space. It is somewhat awkwardly divided, but that just means I need to use more creative packing.
The controls and displays from the driver's seat are quite pleasant to look at and logically laid out.
My wife's commute fits well within the AER of the Energi. For longer errands, we still have the Leaf of course.
On our one trip requiring gas so far, we averaged about 46 MPG, with mostly highway driving. On the same trip, the Insight would have gotten about the same. This is impressive to me, as the insight was a much smaller / more aerodynamic car. I think that is mostly compensated by the superior hybrid system. Honda's IMA system literally has the gas engine and electric motor at the same RPM at all times. They are connected without a transmission in between. This simplifies the system, lowering the cost. But it reduces the number of dimensions in which the powertrain can be optimized. The Insight also has a tiny battery (about 0.5kWh) which fills up very quickly with regen. Just slowing down coming off the highway easily fills it up, and energy must be wasted with friction brakes. The Energi, on the other hand, has about 5.3kWh of headroom (the capacity used up in EV mode), so short of decending Mt. Washington or Pike's Peak, I cannot imagine ever filling it up with regen alone.
I hope to keep this car a good long time. So long, in fact, that when I replace it, it will be with an affordable 300-mile BEV, supported by a robust QC network (in the Northeast, not just in CA/OR/WA). Yeah, that could take a while!
2011 Torqeedo Travel 1003 electric outboard on a 22' sailboat
2012 Leaf SV (traded for Bolt)
2015 C-Max Energi (302A package)
2017 Bolt Premier