To me, a car is just a box on wheels that gets me from point A to point B, cheaply and reliably, for a "reasonable" number of years. Don't get me wrong - I really enjoy driving my Leaf, but I enjoy the low cost of ownership and super cheap operating costs even more. I don't get emotionally tied to cars.
As LeftieBiker said:
That's basically the same car with a brand new warranty, a 25% larger battery that should have as much range after five years as a good 2013 has now, and a longer battery warranty
Which is all true, but you need to decide for yourself whether that's worth another $10K to you or not. You mentioned your commute isn't very long so the larger battery may be less of a concern for you. The warranty is nice peace of mind, but living in OR you don't have much to worry about.
My Leaf gives me "good
enough" range and if I get 3 decent years of use out of it then I'll be happy as the loan will be paid off at that point...
Anything beyond 3 years is just a bonus, but I fully expect to get at least 5 years of serviceable use from it as I live in Vancouver, CA where the climate is mild too. Also, I expect a market will arise soon for battery pack rebuilds for less than the $5,500 that Nissan charges. If so, then swapping the pack would give me several more years of use, if I want it.
My next car will probably be a used Bolt, a used 2018 Leaf, or some other longer range EV, but I'm content to wait for that for as long as my 2013 SV lasts.
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