I tried to convince my wife to buy an Outlander but she didn't like the look of it so she bought a Honda Civic Hybrid. After driving that car it made me glad I had a Leaf. It was clunky in its acceleration and the vibration from the motor was terrible.The Leaf is so comfortably smooth and great to drive. It must be one of the best cars on the road to drive. Not many would be able to compete with its smoothness. The Civic borrows a lot from the Leaf. It has an eco meter where plants grow leaves. It has a power bar which shows you your economy and an Eco mode. The navigation unit is terrible. Made me realise that the Leaf is blessed with a reasonably good Navigation system. However I can get map updates on the Honda. The maps in the Leaf really need updating.
Th trouble is, she know nothing about the functionality of a car and doesn't care much, but the look of the car is everything to her. However after driving both cars, she much prefers to drive the Leaf. Her reason? The Honda is too noisy.
Yes the smoothness of EVs is a revelation - and something you don't realize until you drive one. I never really noticed the amount of vibration that comes through the steering wheel with an ICE until I experienced the total lack of it with the Leaf. And the completely smooth and continuous acceleration (no gear changes, either manual or auto) is so nice. I also now notice the sluggishness/delay between pushing the accelerator in an ICE vs the Leaf. The Leaf responds instantly, it almost feels like you are being pulled along by the nose. In an ICE, the delay is now very noticeable.
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