LeftieBiker wrote: There are two ways to look at this. If you don't need maximum range and don't mind losing range to heat on most trips, then an S is fine. If you run the heat for defrost/defogging a lot, and would like to occasionally be able to drive more than 50 miles while doing so, then an SV with heatpump is still a better bet.
Actually, there are as many ways to look at this as different climates in which you might live (for instance the difference between upstate NY and western Oregon). I described my experience in comparing the performance of an SV and an S on the same roads with the same mild climatic conditions. Seldom have I observed any appreciable difference between the two models in loss of range due to use of heater or defroster in my applications (in fairness, I do preheat on cold mornings). On MOST trips I don't even use the heater or defroster, so on MOST trips there is assuredly no difference.