LeftieBiker wrote:If it's an S, then it's not a good fit with Upstate NY. You want an SV.
While generally, this is good advice, you word it too strongly. It ultimately depends on the OP's use case.
redcottage wrote: Winter driving will mostly be in a 15 mile radius.
Even my degraded 24kWh 2012 Leaf (without heat pump) easily handles 30 miles round-trip in all but the worst of weather. In the worst case (-10F to -20F) that I've seen, 30 miles between charge is still doable if you pay attention to heat usage. Heated seats are a God-Send. But with a 30kWh battery, I wouldn't worry about heating the car for 30 miles.
Plus, the heat pump (SV/SL models only) only really helps down to about +14F. Below that, it is no more efficient than the resistance heater in the S model.