Thanks so much LeftieBiker, SageBrush and powersurge for your quick and thoughtful replies. The problem here in Chicago is there is not much to pick from in the way of Leafs. The prices for 2015 basic S models are getting $11-$12K! Do you think the higher prices are reflective of the lack of inventory and the fact that the 2015's battery is, in general, a better quality than the earlier years? This being my first EV I don't want to be 'all in' on a new Leaf! The discounts for them in Illinois suck to say the least
(no real incentives now) and the Fed rebate won't help me in my tax bracket
Believe it or not, the two Nissan dealers here wanted $525/month lease for 36 mo on a 2018 Leaf SL! I'd lease a new Land Rover for less than that
I digress; I like the package and color combination (wife prefers the leather as we have a slobbery dog) and the battery, although not great, will most likely handle my daily needs for a few years unless it drops radically! My commute is maybe 15 miles daily, the one advantage to living in Chicago (not many others)!
I've been looking at the SL, and lesser so, SV due to the better battery management that has been discussed in previous posts which also jacks up the price a bit I'm sure too. Would the basic S model cover my needs considering how cold the winters get here? I have also found that most of the S's I've looked at here don't have the upgrade to the Quickcharge port.
Thoughts? And thanks again! everyone here is beyond helpful!