klusters wrote:Or if anyone if you have driven both, I would love to hear your reasons as to why you chose the FFE.
We recently went through our own thorough evaluation of both the Leaf and the Focus. The car will be my primary commuter (ca 65-70 mi round trip, no charging at work) in Atlanta, GA. Here's why we chose to buy the Focus (yes, we went "all in"):
1) Crash test winner by a long shot.
2) Battery thermal management = capacity loss is not an issue (critical for my commute).
3) Asthetics. Either you like the Leaf or you don't. We don't.
4) Build quality/engineering. Better on the Ford. Helps it's based on solid ICE vehicle.
5) Handling. It's FUN to drive.
EPA range for both cars is similar enough that the differential was not part of our decision making. Battery capacity has a far larger impact on range than what the EPA has to say. My commute is at the outer limits of the rated range. A small loss of capacity will render the car useless for my needs. Needless to say, the battery capacity challenges the Leaf has had didn't inspire confidence.
Cargo capacity is a non-issue for us. This is my commuter. If we need to carry lots of things or people, we have other vehicles that can do that.
Have fun deciding!