alozzy wrote:FWIW, I test drove a LEAF with the Bose package when I was shopping for mine and I wasn't impressed. It sounded only marginally better than the stock radio. The mid-range was alright, but the tweeters are rather muted - I prefer them a bit crisper and brighter. The lower range, handled by the woofer in the trunk, sounds pretty mushy to my ears. I'm sure some people just crank up the bass and treble, which does improve things somewhat, but to my mind a "premium" audio system should be more responsive at flat levels. Given the less than stellar Bose "upgrade", I was pleasantly surprised that the stock audio isn't much worse.
For me, when I originally was Leaf shopping in 2013, I listened to both the base SV stereo and a car w/the Bose stereo (happened to be an SL) briefly w/my own music. It was obvious to me that the Bose was noticeably better.
I'm no fan of Bose's products nor the company but I have 0 regrets that I leased a '13 w/the Bose stereo. After living with it for 2 years, I found I LOVED the premium package's Around View Monitor and really enjoyed the Bose stereo. So, when I bought a used '13 to replace my leased car, it HAD to have the premium package.
I ruled out S long ago due to lack of cruise control. Inferior stereo was another mark against it.