The heavier car will make a difference but I have always beaten EPA and am not a conservative driver. I am opportunistic which is dramatically different examining minutia but still gets the job done.
Right now I am averaging 6 miles/kwh in my LEAF primarily due to playing the lights. I see no reason to rush up to a light opting for D, B, N instead. E Pedal is rare, brakes even rarer. Time lost; negligible. I am always quick off the line assuming I have a clear path but slower than a Turtle if I don't.
This is a major departure from how most people around me drive although I am noticing a LOT more people copying my process. (Bottom of the line gas is $4.39 here and not common)
So am really interested in how well I would do with the car as I am always looking at elevation advantages. Of course, a bigger heavier car may or may not have properly tuned regen that can be used as an effective decelerator in traffic like the LEAF can.
The other thing is the price. I am fairly confident that soon, very few will be selling anywhere near their MSRP. Nissan has already announced tax credits for Ariya LEASES so could be a chance to see if the car is worth the chance on the cheap.
Do keep in mind; Nissan is no longer allowing purchases of leases but with current interest rates, waiting a bit might not be all that bad an idea.
Right now, my plans is the VW van. I am seriously considering taking off every Summer and simply drive the country with my Planet Fitness membership and checking out quazi van life.
LEAF paid off in 26 months which puts me right before retirement.
2011 SL; 44,598 mi, 87% SOH. 2013 S; 44,840 mi, 91% SOH. 2016 S30; 29,413 mi, 99% SOH. 2018 S; 25,185 mi, SOH 92.23%. 2019 S Plus; 46,415 mi, 90.94% SOH
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