I was also interested in the 2018 Leaf, but switched to the Clarity PHEV. My commute was going to be challenging for the Leaf and that is without battery degradation happening. We still have and love my wife's 2013 Leaf. But the flexibility of the PHEV to drive most miles on EV and go as far as I need using gas is really nice. When we go somewhere that is in range of either, we take the Clarity as it is so much nicer.
I got my Clarity in mid February and now have 3,300 miles on it. Due to my commute, I've had to put in more gas than Camasleaf. I'm just over 31 gallons, so running just over 100 miles per gallon on my combined driving. However, this is still about 1/5th the amount of gas I used in my ICEV for that commute. If your commute fits within the 47 mile range, you can probably go without gas at all until you want to do a road trip. And even then, you will get good mpg.
The Clarity is very roomy and comfortable. Being larger than most other 'affordable' BEVs and PHEVs, it has a smoother ride, which is nice considering how bad our California roads are. The build quality seems excellent.
I do expect the Clarity will cost quite a bit more for maintenance. At 5 years and 35,000 miles, our Leaf has less than $300. But the Clarity will have all the usual ICEV requirements and costs. And the complexity of this did prompt me to go ahead and get the extended warranty where I didn't do that for the Leaf.
I haven't had any of JLV's problems with charging it. It has worked fine on my home's Scheider EVSE. Also, I've charged about half a dozen times at a couple places, mostly EVGO but there was one Blink. Haven't had any problems. I don't have data to indicate if I'm lucky or if JLV has an odd ball bad one.
If you go this route, be sure to check multiple dealers as pricing/attitude varies quite a bit. In So. Cal., there are some very high volume, deep discount Honda dealers who will compete for the sale.
'13 Leaf SL
'18 Honda Clarity Touring PHEV