Congrats (assuming you've pulled the trigger)!
Sounds like many of us are going the same route. I leased my 2016 SV from Joe Machens in Columbia, MO for $322 per month including tax, $0 down, 36 months.
This is my first lease ever, but I figure if I like the car well enough or rack up too many miles to make the return too expensive, I'll keep it. Residual is under $11 K. So about $21K out the door including tax (and they keep the $7,500, i.e. I don't have to wait a year to get it back) if I end up keeping it. I guess that's the price I pay for not having to have the cash up front. BTW, I have a feeling they will make me an attractive buyout option at the end. By 2019, there will be lots of other choices out there.
Clyde from MAEAA got the benefit of my 2012. I sometimes think I should have kept it for the reasons you mentioned, but the reality is that it's still insurance, registration, personal property, and a car sitting in the driveway.
Yeah, I probably could have gotten a better deal by waiting or negotiating more, but I'm very happy with the product. We rarely charge more than once per day, always run A/C and have plenty of range left.
100+ miles real-world range rules! Still, I unexpectedly had to drive to Lee's Summit from Liberty with a partial charge and used the Rice Rd. HyVee DCQC and by the time I went to return some Shatto milk bottles and hit the head, it was near 80%. Love our charging infrastructure.
The Eco and B mode are nice to have been separated out. Charging time is MUCH faster (twice as fast, in fact
. The trunk is noticably bigger without the battery box there. I miss a few SL features like auto headlights, LED headlights, etc., but just about everything is better.