Have a look at this post for concise answers on most of your questions:viewtopic.php?f=6&t=24222&start=10#p499222
And this one too:viewtopic.php?f=6&t=23775
Get a Leaf with the charging package for double the speed L2 charging (3.6kw vs 6.6 kw) and the option to L3 charge using CHADEMO port. For the relatively small premium you pay, I think a 2013 SV + QC is the best bet. Although dated, the NAV screen is still nice to have. My 2 cents, I'm sure others will disagree and say buy an S for the best value.
I don't think there's compelling evidence that Lizard packs fair any better than post March 2013 packs. Jury is still out on that...
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Loving my first BEV