We are heading out to go take the Leaf for a spin. I will report later this evening when we get home.
It's aerodynamics are about average, at least as far as drag is concerned.Nissan has put too much time and money into this thing to want it to fail, including a lot of good advertising, (unlike GM with the EV1), and a good part of the looks have to do with aerodynamics, battery placement, and usable interior space. Again I'll point to the Prius which many, including myself, thought looked like crap yet still ended up selling very well.
I think so. 'Course, that also depends on how much the required charger and installation cost. I spent around $20k to convert a Swift that has around 75 mile range. It is inferior to a vehicle like the Leaf for room, comfort, and acceleration, and has no warranty. I sure enjoy driving the Swift, but I think the Leaf would be better. For $5k more I'd have gone that route, but I'm not sure what an installed charger cost. As far as looks, I'm too pragmatic to care much. That always takes a distant second place to functionality. I actually like the looks of the Prius - all of them. Probably because they are aerodynamic - functionality.If I can get a LEAF for the same or just a bit more, doesn't that make MUCH more sense??