I looked at 10 different models over the weekend, including BEVs (Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt) and several PHEVs. In terms of size, form factor and fit and finish, the Crosstrek was in the sweet spot for me. I thought the seats and dashboard layout were excellent based on sitting in it. However, the big drawback right now is that the dealer doesn't have any PHEVs and doesn't know when he's going to get any. He's hoping for July. I didn't test drive the ICE model, but I test drove three other cars: Bolt, Volvo XC60, and Outlander PHEV. I didn't like the Bolt much, mainly because of its small size and mediocre fit and finish. I liked both the Volvo and Outlander, but both are verging on too large. I liked the Outlander better just in driving feel, but the Volvo had more bells and whistles. At this point I'm not ready to pick a winner. I'd like to test drive the Crosstrek but will have to wait until the dealers have them. The limited EV range is disappointing, but since I'm retired and don't have a commute, 90% of my trips are under 15 miles, so that's not a big problem. I don't go to the snow, but I do go into the local hills for geocaching, so I drive on dirt roads, unpaved parking areas, rough rutty shoulders, etc. and the AWD and higher ground clearance of the SUVs are pluses for me. There's a Volvo XC40 supposedly on the way, too, so I'm inclined to wait at least a bit for news on that and the Crosstrek.
The Fusion Energi and Honda Clarity are too big for my garage. The Hyundai Ioniq was surprisingly good sitting in the interior, and they have 3 different versions: PHEV, EV, and Hybrid. It appeared comparable to the Leaf in most respects. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is way too small. The rear seat is virtually useless unless you're a family of midgets. The BMW i3 looks good on specs and has good quality, but it's ugly and overpriced in my opinion. I liked the Tesla better than I thought I would, although I didn't test drive it. I was surprised to learn that the dealer can deliver one next day; at least that's what the salesman said. I thought there was a long waiting list.
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2011 SL down to 9 capacity bars