Recommended by Me - 2011 Nissan Leaf SL Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Leaf SL: Recommended by Me

August 11, 2011

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Many of us that work here get hit up all the time about vehicle recommendations.

My buddy Bob, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is successful in the software business, rang me up a few weeks ago.

"I'm thinking of getting a Tesla Roadster," he tells me. "How much is that?" I ask. He said he could get a used one for $60 or $70K.

Edmunds.com has the MSRP of a new 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 Sport pegged at $128,500, to start. Wow.

I ask: why don't you get a Nissan GT-R or a Porsche or something instead?
"That won't get me in the car pool lane," he says. Oh, so that's what this is about.

He said we wants to get in that car pool lane, but also wants something that's going to be fun and that he can track occasionally.

OK, how about getting a Nissan Leaf AND a Nissan GT-R or a Mustang Boss 302, I ask him. You can get both the Leaf, which is an excellent EV commuter car, and another fun weekend/track car for the price of that Tesla.

Well, that got his attention.

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He told me that what I recommended made some sense and that he would mull it over.

But guess what? He ended up getting the Tesla anyway. And a new one at that.

He's happy with it, even sending me pics that Tesla took of his vehicle on the production line before he received it.

Although many of us (including you, our readers) get consulted on vehicle purchases, many times the person asking is simply seeking affirmation of the already-intended vehicle.

The moral of this story: buy what you want.

That's what Bob did.


Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 3,500 miles


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