mtndrvr
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First Impressions 2020 Leaf SV

Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:30 pm

We sold out 2013 and leased a 2020 SV. I was kind of sad to let the 2013 go as it was a great car for us.
First impressions of the 2020:

pro:
• Having. the app to warm the car up is nice
• Notifications of charge is nice
• It looks a little more contemporary/standard
• works well in snow (the old one did as well)
• good deal on lease
• the blue is nicer than our old white

con:
• blind spots if not using the screen
• gets 15% less miles per kwh so far (a big deal to me)
• even less comfortable for long legged driver
• still adjusting to the realities of a lease, i.e. treating it nice enough for return

GerryAZ
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Delivery Date: 12 Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Re: First Impressions 2020 Leaf SV

Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:38 pm

Are you using the dash display to determine the 15% drop in miles per kWh? The miles/kWh display in my 2011 always indicated quite a bit higher than actual wall-to-wheels calculated from miles driven and energy measured by my revenue accuracy meter. My 2015 also indicated higher than actual, but was a little closer. My 2019 is more accurate, but still slightly optimistic compared to wall-to-wheels measurements. Therefore, your 15% drop may just be due to better accuracy of the dash display compared to your 2013.

I also like the more "normal" body style. I hope the lease works out for you (I drive way too many miles per year to even consider a lease). You should be OK at return time if you just take reasonable care of it. Have you driven it enough on twisty, bumpy roads to get a feel for the suspension tuning compared to your 2013? I sometimes think my 2019 has a little less damping than my 2015, but other times I think it is fine so I have not mentioned it to the dealer.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015; traded 8/10/2019 at 82,436 miles
White LEAF 2019 SL Plus purchased 8/10/2019

mtndrvr
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Re: First Impressions 2020 Leaf SV

Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:29 pm

We live on a gravel road and both cars feel about the same to me. Both are acceptable.

Yes to using the dash display. When I look at the results and real world experience the 2013 seemed pretty accurate. Have not checked the 2020, good idea.

We paid extra to get 15,000 miles a year. It took it from $49 for 10,000 a year for an S to $85 a month for an AV but we put about 13,000 miles a year on our old one.

I bought seat covers and nice mats since I would have done that for my own car.

Maybe just feeling nostalgic... That was a good car

GerryAZ
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Delivery Date: 12 Jun 2011
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Re: First Impressions 2020 Leaf SV

Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:06 pm

Thanks for the feedback on suspension comparison. I ordered my 2019 and it arrived just a short time before my 2-week motorcycle trip (Alaska to Oregon) so it sat at the airport for 2 weeks and I did not drive on rough roads back-to-back with the 2015. It is hard to give up a good car, but I am sure you will enjoy your new one even more. The one time I leased a car, I liked it so much that I ended up buying it at the end of the lease. I was fortunate in that the bank holding the lease offered good terms for the buyout in return for them not having to deal with selling it later.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015; traded 8/10/2019 at 82,436 miles
White LEAF 2019 SL Plus purchased 8/10/2019

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