warrenc wrote:I should have posted the subject as 2012 SL Vs. 2013 S in the first place, because that's the dilemma I find myself in. I can find a very basic S model in the $6-8K range, but for the same price I can have an earlier SL with all the niceties but an arguably worse battery pack and a lump in the cargo area for the charger.
In my circumstances, I think the SL wins out since I have a very short commute, the 6.6 kw charger would be of little use to me, and I wouldn't get the heat pump unless I found a newer SV which would likely add another $1500 or more to the price.
I think the resale value of these older Leafs will likely plummet even lower in the next few years with the advent of longer range EV's like the Bolt and Model 3. I suppose the smart option might be to wait another year and see what the market does.
Meantime, I've noticed used prices around the Seattle area do seem to be going up lately. Either it's the time of year or the demand for Leafs is actually increasing?
FWIW, used LEAF prices seem to be increasing in Phoenix also. The 2011/2012 models from Japan have some features missing on later models, but I hesitate to recommend them unless someone has a really short commute or little need for heat/defrost. The electric hot water tank heater system works OK if you preheat while plugged in, but it takes quite a bit of battery power and can be slow to heat. The 2012 has heated seats and steering wheel which would help compared to my 2011. You would probably want the capability of remote climate control if you get the SL so plan on upgrading the telematics unit if it has not already been done. If I knew that range would never be an issue, I would take the 2012. If I needed as much range as possible, I would search for a newer SV or SL with the heat pump system.
The 2011/2012 motors have more torque and the accelerator pedal/control software mapping makes it easier to accelerate quickly from stop lights. The 2011/2012 motors will give you their best acceleration by just flooring the accelerator. My 2015 is almost as fast as the 2011 if I do everything right, but it requires feathering the accelerator instead of just flooring it.