Let me add my 2 cents opinion as a 76 year old fart who has owned 5 Leafs (2015, 2018, 2019, 2020 &. 2023).and now an owner of 2 Tesla Model Ys. My favorite Leaf was our White/White 2019 SL Plus that got totaled.
The egress/ Ingress of the leaf was excellent. The simplicity made the Leaf felt like putting on a pair of old comfortable shoes. The Model Y egress/Ingress is just as easy for my older overweight 6 foot tall body. When demo driving the Model 3 I couldn’t get in/out of it without generating much neck pain because of the roof height at the door so we bought a Model Y instead. The M3 reminded me of my Corvette in my younger days.
When the Leaf was no longer eligible for the tax credit and the long range Model Y price effectively dropped to $42,500 after tax credit, then it was a no brainer for us.
The Tesla Y has gobs of extra cargo space. The seats are SOOO comfortable compared to the Leaf. The included basic autopilot makes driving long distance stress free. The published 313 miles of range is still a good really 250 at highway speeds. The Nav Satellite view is first class. The supercharging charging infrastructure is reliable and die right awesome, making it a true cross country car. The acceleration will blow your mind even set to chill mode. The ability to use your smartphone or Apple Watch as a key is great no longer needing a fob. The handling is a wonderful experience.
The Tesla has some quirks like phantom breaking, windshield wipers coming on for no reason, recent elimination of Ultrasonic sensors in bumper and replacing it with Tesla vision cameras and the fancy door handles aren’t as easy as the Leaf’s. Trying to find the flush door handles at night is a challenge on the Tesla. Also it seems that Tesla owners are more snobby.
As a local grocery getter the Leaf is slightly better choice. My sister bought a Leaf S in December. After federal and CA state tax credit it was a sub $20k purchase. Perfect for local driving but not for trips greater than a radius of 50 miles from home. She regrets not having purchased a SV Plus for the extra range.
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on Fri Jul 07, 2023 7:54 am, edited 2 times in total.
2023 Gray Tesla Model Y Long Range & 2023 White Tesla Model Y Long Range
2023 Leaf SV Plus Sold back to dealer 3 week later bought a Tesla
2020 Leaf SL Plus Traded
2019 Leaf SL Plus. Totaled 11/20
2018 SV Traded
2015 SL Traded