Personally, I am fine with Leaf's quality, it's not much different then a Sentra I previously owned. Yes there are some cost cutting measures done by Nissan, but nothing surprising and there is just too much exaggeration on this forum. I am also not comparing Leaf to an entire Lexus brand, but limiting to the car that I was considering prior to getting Leaf which happened to be Lexus CT200. I've driven CT200 on several occasions and it's really an entry level luxury hybrid car with better quality carpet, sunroof, leather with seat warmers and a few extra buttons at a few grand more then Leaf.
I had several major priorities for buying a new car:
+Hybrid or EV
+Luxury features (HIDs, Nav...)
+Must like dashboard
Versa failed to meet any of my criteria where CT200 and Leaf met almost all...
Finally, it wasn't a priority, but it just happened to be the case... I've given a ride in Leaf to many friends and even strangers and they all came out impressed with what it had to offer for an electric car and CT200 would've been a cool hybrid to show off as well, try to impress anyone with a Versa...
TomT wrote:Test drive a new 2012 Versa. It is a dramatically better vehicle than the 2011 and a much better direct comparison to the Leaf...
How is it better or even direct comparison? Budget looking dashboard with small nav screen, same lacking performance and most importantly the gas economy of hatchback (34/28) is less what competitors have to offer, not to mention it's not a hybrid or electric... If I were to buy another econo ICE box I would much rather go for new Impreza with AWD that's rated 36/27.