We bought one tonight. I let the salesman upsell me to the SV model, so I paid an extra $2100 for it. Still, I was at $15,500 (after $7500 tax rebate) for a brand new car. It’s a great price. We got interest free financing for six years instead of five, which was nice.
I went back and forth about getting the upgrade, but there are some nice things about that I think I would regret not having if I keep the car for as long as I hope to keep it. It came with the faster charger as standard, included Nissan Connect, which lets you do fun stuff with your smartphone or tablet, such as turn on the heater or AC remotely so the car is heated or cooled when you climb in, and also had some upgrades such as LED headlights, built-in Nav system, a larger LCD screen to display the NAV map and to also display the rear camera view for backing up, and the thing that really sold, a hybrid heating/cooling system.
The standard model uses electric heating and cooling. The SV uses a heat-pump system for heating and cooling, so it uses less energy to heat and cool and shouldn’t pump out that really dry heat the electric heating seems to do.
The SV also has six speakers instead of four, and nicer upholstery. Is it worth the extra $2100? I think so. I like the enhanced charger (available as an upgrade option for the standard model) and I’m hopeful that the hybrid heating/cooling system will save me a tiny bit on energy costs and get more range in the cold and hot weather months over the electric heating and cooling system.
Tomorrow is a day of discovery as I will drive around and try to figure out the dashboard displays and begin learning how to game my range in the car.