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Re: Help - Can't decide which leaf to buy

Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:11 am

Quick charge port (which includes 6.6kW on board charger vs standard 3.3kW) is an upgrade on a 2017 S. I think it was standard on the 2017 SV. The big difference between the S and SV for 2017 IMO is that I think all the SV's came with the hybrid, heat-pump, heater. This is much more efficient at cool temperatures although it doesn't make much difference below 20F or so. I have an S and live in CO and I don't really miss the heat pump as the climate here is mild and sunny in the winter and my drives are short.

It may also come with a heated steering wheel. The display is bigger and more capable and shows a lot of info that the S will not. You get alloy rims instead of steel rims. There are probably a few other differences but those are the ones I remember.

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Re: Help - Can't decide which leaf to buy

Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:49 pm

The SV would also have telematic remote access, and it could possibly have the optional Premium Package, with a great 4 camera parking system and better Bose stereo. It would have the auto-dimming rear view mirror. The rear seat heaters went away either after 2015 or 2016. Look for switches for them on the front passenger seat in the 2016. If no switches, no heaters.

Check the "in service" date for the 2017. You may or may not have some of the 3 year bumper to bumper warranty left on it.
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Re: Help - Can't decide which leaf to buy

Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:01 pm

Either car should serve you well. Personally, I like the remote access (climate control, email/text notifications, etc.) and heat pump HVAC system so that means eithe SV or SL. There have been numerous new owners of S models come on the forum asking about adding remote access (not possible) so I suggest that you think about that before making your decision.
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