SLourdes wrote:Sorry, I meant 30 miles round trip, not each way.
We decided to get the car! I'm very excited. It's mainly my husband's car, but I might have to steal it from him from time to time. My commute is only 4 miles each way, and his is 0, but he has to do the school pick up (about 2-5 miles a day). It just made a ton of sense for us as a second car, since neither one of us has a long commute and we just don't put a lot of miles on our cars. We'll use the Leaf as our driving around town car, and use the Kia on weekends when we tend to go further from home.
This forum has been a huge help and I feel like I've learned a ton about these cars in a few days!
It should work great for you then. I think you'll find the Leaf being the most used car in your family and only be using the ICE vehicle for longer trips or when someone is already using the Leaf. It's the way we started out and eventually got a second cheap Leaf(our '12) although we still paid $500 more than you for our 10 bar car, but it was over a year ago.
If you live in a colder climate(and need the extra range which you might not need) I'd suggest getting one of the DIY heater OFF switches from Thor on this forum. Without it you need to run the heat whenever you have the climate control ON(and it's cold).
Oh I see your from MN, in that case if you think you'll ever want to drive across town(60ish miles RT) in the winter I'd really check into the switch, only takes 30 min?? to install. Otherwise running the climate control to defog the windshield will bring on the energy hog
heater, dropping your range by 10-20 miles.