krush40 wrote:I'm in Orange County, CA near Disneyland. At work I park under a building out of the sun. At home I currently park in the driveway, but can be in the garage for charging if I end up with a Leaf.
I've pretty much decided I'm not interested in anything prior to 2013 due to battery chemistry and I'm pretty sure I don't want an S due to some of the feature upgrades I've read about on here like different heater, etc.
Ok, given your commute and location, you're in good shape to get either. Yes, pay the extra and get an SL or SV, not the S. Also, don't give up on the 2013, as long as it's built AFTER March, maybe even April. FYI, I have a 2011, lousy battery, with 48,000 mi and 9 bars (<70%). I can easily get 25 mi RT even in winter (which you don't have), easily 50 mi in summer. A coworker got the 2013 (June build) and has over 60,000 mi and still hasn't lost a bar (>85%), 45 mi RT commute. His heater is the efficient heat pump (SV or SL, I don't remember) and mine is the older energy hog (like the ones in the S version). If both vehicles were the same price, and identical configuration that matched my needs/wants, then I would definitely get the higher mileage 2015. Mileage for EVs is not an accurate predictor of general condition as in ICE vehicles. Sometimes it's actually the opposite. TaylorSFGuy got 150,000 mi in his 2011 Leaf in Seattle with a 135 mi RT commute. Those miles were added very quickly, and he didn't lose his 1st bar until >75,000 mi, while most of us lost ours in 20-40,000 mi. EDIT: I see Leftiebiker clarified the April build. Thanks, I can never remember.