GRA wrote:Do you need the Volt/Clarity's AER, or would something like the Prime's 25 mile AER work for you? Although it's not going to win any awards, IMO the Prime's looks are a lot more acceptable than the Clarity or the regular Gen 4 Prius. There are a lot of 25-30 mile AER PHEVs out there now, and in Seattle you should have access to most of them.
My commute is 18 miles one way mostly highway, so the only vehicle that made sense is the Clarity and 2nd gen Volt. I occasionally need to carry 5 people so the Prime is out and Volt is barely making it because the center seat is meant for people with no legs. While the Clarity looks pretty good from the front, as soon as the rear quarter panel is shown it becomes unbearable, in a way this is similar to the LEAF.
It's hard going back to full ICE, I had the chance to use a late model Mercedes C300 recently and while it's super comfortable and handles great, the ICE just feels ancient. Other cars I'm considering is the 2018 Accord Hybrid, but with options it can get quite expensive.
2013 LEAF SL w/Premium Pkg, Brilliant Silver, 55,244 miles, LeafSpy: 50.17 AHr, SOH 76%, Hx70.30% as of 11/05/2018, 10 bars, 28 QC, 2129 L2/L2