I'm with you OP in your search for value. For me, that was getting a new 2018 Leaf at current heavily discounted prices. I picked up my SL at the end of September for less than 18k+TTL including the federal and state rebates. I didn't want to pay $5k(28%) more for the Bolt or $20k(110%) for the M3 for the additional 1% utility and status/cool factor (for the M3, not the Bolt
). Also people seem to forget that the 60 kWh Leaf will be more expensive than the 40 kWh. Certainly there are a good number people who want that, but I still do not want to pay extra for the additional marginal utility. As for the battery depreciation risk, with the 8 year/100k mile battery warranty, I expect to get a minimum of 10 years out of this and it should still have range somewhere between the 24 kWh and 30 kWh Leaf. That still satisfies my needs 95% of the time, but I'll likely want an awesome 2028 EVs!
I also chose to buy before end of year because there is also value in getting the $7500 federal tax rebate one year earlier compared to waiting until Jan.