CeeDub wrote:I said this would be for my wife, not I. I would not make her drive something she feels uncomfortable in for the sake of efficiency. I would be able to use and adapt to the shifter just fine, as do most of the pople who OWN a Leaf already, and who are on this Nissan Leaf FORUM! The folks who did not like the shifter did not buy a Leaf and are, therfore, not on this forum, so of course I will SEEM to be in the minority! Some folks wanna stick-out in their EV car, so be it, but I think most folks just wanna nice and efficient car without hassles...... I would like to think anybody who owns a Leaf wants as many people as possible to buy one.
I don't think it can be easier or more intuitive to use. There are plenty of cars with strange shifters but the LEAF is as basic as it gets. I think this is an issue of a psychological block more than function. Some people have blocks to any kind of change and simply block out the desire to use things or even give them a chance. At least you won't need to get any more modern cars as they will all likely function something like this in the future.
It took me about 20 seconds total to fully learn and adapt to the shifter. The test drive ended my training on that feature.