CarlFlat wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:07 am
Can anyone tell me or point me to info about/ the difference between the “Hybrid Heater System” that comes in the SL and as an option on SV, and the heater in S trim?
Are there other things on the S trim that I might be really sorry not to have?
The hybrid heater system is a heat pump. The heater on an S trim is a simple resistive heater. The heat pump system works like an air-conditioner in reverse and is supplemented by a resistive heater. Until the outside temp drops into the 20's F range the hybrid heater uses less energy but below that temp the heat pump doesn't do much and resistive heater takes over and the energy usage is the same as an S. The cold weather package also includes 12V electrically heated seats. I have an S in Colorado and there are few days when I miss the hybrid system since it's a very sunny climate and my trips are usually short. The times it would make a difference would be a long trip when it's 40F and raining. They the hybrid system would save energy and extend the range of the car. At 10F, there is no difference. At 65F probably no difference either since I never use the heat at those temps. So a lot depends on your local climate and usage.
As far as other differences between the SV/SL and S, the S doesn't have as much electronics in the display. I don't miss this at all since LeafSpy will give me all the information I need. Also, the navigation feature in the car (that I don't have) is considered to be pretty poor by most of the reviews I've read here.
The wheels on an S are 16" steel wheels while I think the SV/SL have 17" aluminum alloy wheels.
I've read that the S has a slightly higher efficiency than the SV/SL probably due to the smaller wheels and less power used for the electronics.
Two things on my S that I found 'cheap' are the mirror (I installed an after-market self-dimming mirror that I really like) and the stereo. I think the stereo is about the same on the SV/SL unless you get the Premium package with the Bose system. Some folks have upgraded their radio but it's not important enough for me yet.
Finally, there are differences in the headlights on some packages and while the S headlights aren't great, they haven't been a problem for me.
Edit to add: my comments are for a 2017 but I think most or all it applies to a 2018 as well.