Yeah I was thinking that as well, it is much cheaper to buy it now. Thanks.Stanton wrote:I wouldn't even consider an S, if for no other reason than the heat pump. I also think there's a lot of value in NissanConnectEV (even though some would disagree). Better to have it and not need it...than need it and not have it.
My 2 cents.
The only reason our gas bill is high right now is I have a VW golf wagon with the 2.5L, averages about 13L/100km in the winter with all city driving. There is definitely some "We want an electric car" driving our decision. Even if a gas car is cheaper we are willing to spend more to move away from owning another gas car and since we drive so little they seem to fit perfectly.alozzy wrote:The problem with NissanConnect on an older LEAF is that the 2G TCU (cell radio unit) doesn't work and getting the upgrade done in Canada is almost impossible. Also, many many people have had issues with the "new" 3G TCUs.
Although the hybrid heater does save range, in your case you are doing short trips and not driving the car much anyways. So, range is seldom an issue.
Also, your savings over a gas powered car aren't going to be all that much. I hate to say it, but you might get better value from a gas car...
Of course, if you are making the switch because you want to reduce your carbon footprint then that's admirable.
FYI, my favorite features are: the steering wheel heater, the seat warmers front and back, and the infotainment display. Unfortunately, the NAV is so dated that it's seldom useful.
I am looking at used cars, the new ones are a bit too much to spend on a car that isn't driven much. I try to drive my cars into the ground, usually I only get the sympathy trade in value. I imagine that the battery will be shot by the time we get rid of it so not too worried about resale value. I saw a few SV's without heated seats and it really confused me until the listing said it came from the US. I am going to avoid US cars if I can just in case they came from somewhere hot.LeftieBiker wrote:Mild Winters really showcase the heatpump, and the resale value in your climate would be higher with an SV. Having said that, if you really don't need the range, and just want a basic car (with heated seats and wheel!) then the S should work. You haven't made it clear, though, if you are talking about a used or new Leaf. If the latter, you can possibly (maybe not in Canada) get an SV with no heatpump (or heated seats or wheel) for less than one with with them. I wouldn't recommend one, but they are $1200 less...
I know in previous model years, Nissan Canada included a heat pump on all Leaf trim levels. But that does not appear to be the case for the 2019 and possibly the 2018 models.Stanton wrote:I wouldn't even consider an S, if for no other reason than the heat pump.
I was thinking that perhaps the OP may be better off with a used PHEV like a Chevy Volt or a Toyota Prius Plug in/Prime for the occasional long trip.alozzy wrote:Also, your savings over a gas powered car aren't going to be all that much. I hate to say it, but you might get better value from a gas car....
Are you sure that previous Leaf S cars sold in Canada had heat pumps?? I've never seen mention of that before this.I know in previous model years, Nissan Canada included a heat pump on all Leaf trim levels. But that does not appear to be the case for the 2019 and possibly the 2018 models.