The wife and I had a little time to kill before picking up one of our kids at camp. I heard about the Nissan Leaf $199/month lease deal, so I thought we would go look at it as a possible "kid shuttle." (Tired of the wife going through a tank of gas a week in the Suburban driving the kids all over town).
Anyway, I pull up to the front of the dealership, and two salesmen that were already outside immediately take notice and start asking questions. We eventually made it inside and were looking at the Leaf in the showroom. I look through the glass at my car outside, and it was surrounded by Salesmen, managers, and even guys from the service department. They were taking pictures with their phones, and with real cameras. They got fingerprints all over the glass as they were all looking into the windows at the interior as well. I ended up talking to a lot of them. One of them said he would buy me a drink in exchange for a spin. I told him after I test drove the Leaf, I would be happy to take them for a drive. When I got back, two of the lucky guys climbed into the MS with me. They were blown away. I even let one of them drive it back to the dealership. I was shocked to see the front of the Leaf packed with as much stuff under the hood as an ICE. I popped the Frunk on the MS and enjoyed the stunned look on their faces, and explained that the motor is between the rear wheels. Bottom line - the car was a HUGE hit. There are very few Teslas in Salt Lake City, so this was the first one any of them had ever seen, and I don't think they were expecting it to be as good as it is.
P.S. - We have a Model X reserved, so the Leaf was going to be a potential non-snow day car to minimize use of the Suburban until the Model X arrives. But if you go for the Leaf SV or SL, it looks like it will be $300/month or more, in addition to a down payment. More expensive than just using the Suburban. Plus, we don't have garage space for another car, so parking was going to be a problem if we added the Leaf to our fleet. Probably won't get it, but I would love to hear from Leaf owners about how much they like, or don't like, their car.
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