It is what it is, we need a second car and I want an EV. I've got a 60ish mile round trip commute and a kid with activities so the 24kWh Leaf wasn't cutting it anymore. If I want an EV this was the best deal I found.SageBrush wrote:
I'm in your position too since I own one 0.5x vehicle and one 1.0x vehicle, and the arrangement works very well for us. The difference is that I paid $6,300 for my 0.5x (EV) vehicle so I was comfortable paying more for my no compromise EV.
I'm not sure what else to say, a "no compromise" EV for an extra $10k - $15k wouldn't be any more functional for me. Even if I got a Tesla or Bolt we'd still take the Outlander PHEV on road trips...
I saw you edited your comment quite a bit since I responded so I'll clarify one last point. My wife wanted a small SUV with AWD and we spent $23k net after incentives ($29k OTD - $58xx tax credit) for the Outlander at 0% for 60 months and it includes one of the best bumper to bumper warranties in the industry. If I buy the 2018 Leaf residual I'll be all in $24k. Our state doesn't offer EV incentives so we are $47k all in (including financing and sales tax) if I end up buying the lease on the Leaf (I'm 50/50 right now we'll see in 3 years). So I got 2 2018 model year cars for the cost of your Tesla + old Leaf , my wife gets the car she actually wants, and I get a car that I really like.
I also don't think your TM3 gets 300 miles of range in 15 minutes I suspect it is closer to 200 and those upgraded stations aren't that common yet. The Outlander gets 300 miles of range in under 2 minutes and there are gas stations everywhere. I used the Tesla Trip Planner (which they only allow LR for the TM3 so it paints a rosier picture than reality) for a typical trip we take from Norfolk to Atlanta. The planner says 11hr for the LR TM3 but we make it in 8.5hr in our Outlander. Not to mention there are gas stations at every exit and major intersection once we get there and we don't have to find a supercharger or ask our relatives to install a destination charger just for us.
We do over 90% of our miles electric between the Leaf and Outlander PHEV, if you wanna kill me over the last 10% that's your perogative but it seems kind of silly.
Anyways... We're kind of getting off topic here this thread is about deals on Leaf. I'm glad you like your Tesla but you are not everybody and some of us make different decisions even if you don't think they are optimal ones. You don't have to like the decisions we made but we're comfortable with them.