I got my first Leaf on December 15, winding up with a 2014 S with 19k miles for $8,900.
It's really beat my expectations. I'm in the inland Northwest and we've had fairly cold weather plus a ton of snow. I think my range anxiety lasted all of a week... even with our unplowed roads and 10 degree weather I drive it like any other car, blasting the heat and driving as necessary in my relatively traffic-heavy morning commute.
I will say I'm not impressed with the stock Ecopia tires. I'm sure the 1.5 ton curb weight and instant torque aren't helping in the snow, but the tires feel like injection-molded plastic
. I've read a few threads on replacement tires but feel free to chime in with any recommendations.
The insurance cost did come as quite the shock to me, however. I'm 22 with one speeding ticket so I didn't expect a bargain, but I got quoted a full $241 more per month
with the Leaf, almost a full 4x increase to $333 from $91. My wife has an 02 low mileage Outback valued about the same on our policy and I swapped an '81 VW diesel caddy out for the Leaf (the caddy is on garage insurance now at ~$6/month for summer camping trips).
Any insurance recommendations or tips out there? I'm with Farmers right now with homeowners and the two other cars. The service is excellent and all my other rates with them seem reasonable, but I wasn't expecting such a jump!