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Fantastic engineering accomplishment! My wife and I have been enjoying our new leaf for about a month. We have been so happy with it that it has replaced our CR-V as the family cruiser with three child seats stuffed in the back! Its features are excellent: the Nav system is intuitive, the interior is flexible, and it's faster than a 5.7L V8 Sequoya (I blew her off the line this afternoon after she had been tail-gating me up to a stop light. The heated steering wheel is a nice added bonus. The sale price was was MSRP minus $700, which was the best I could find here in Atlanta. after Fed & state rebates, the car cost us about $24k. that's about the same as an Accord or Fusion. The difference, though, is that those cars will burn ~$30,000 in gas over their 200k mile lives; my Leaf will consume about $3,000 over that same lifespan. So in a more complete view of cost, the Accord costs $55,000 and the Leaf cost $27,000 (just considering cap cost and energy cost). All that to drive the coolest car around! And before I forget, it's beautifully silent. It's scarry-silent. Driving home from the dealership, at about 35mph, I noticed a slight ticking. After a minute of worrying, I finally found the source: my watch's second hand! How beautiful! Range? I drive very conservatively and get about 100 miles; my more aggressive wife gets maybe 75 miles, and that's in Atlanta's winter.Report it
Since the car is roughly $40K what are the fed and state rebates that reduce it by around $18K? Your analysis is interesting from a cost standpoint.Report it
yes, if I can get it for $27k, I will buy this car on a way home and trade in my Altima. How did you calculate -$18k?Report it
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