After taking 4 months off and waiting for the Niro pure EV to be available, I'm back in the hunt.
anticipating making a purchase in Sept.
Today I drove a PHEV EX Prem & a EV EX Prem. As expected the EV acceleration was definitely better than the PHEV, but when shifting to Sport in the PHEV, I felt that the PHEV it was no slouch and not that far off from the EV. The PHEV ride comfort and noise level on its 206/60R16 Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires was much, much smoother & quieter than the EV on its P215/55R17 Michelin Primacy MX tires (similar to that of the PHEV Touring on 18" 245 series Primacy MX) -- hard to believe how much better the 16 inchers are! Besides the acceleration, the only thing I liked better about the EV was the shifter and the larger center console.
When I do the math, even with the reduced sales tax and greater Fed Tax Credit, the PHEV comes in about $4,600 less. Since I drive only about 7,000 / yr, I wouldn't come close to recovering the cost differential in 10 year unless the gasoline takes a huge jump.
So even though the EV's lack of moving parts / maintenance is a draw, I'm definitely scratching the pure EV and going for a hybrid - HEV or PHEV. And I'm definitely leaning toward PHEV since most of our daily drives are 15-30 miles. I simply don't need the range of a pure EV; if I want to go 200+ miles, I'll probably take my Outback as it still is more comfy than the Niro. My only hesitance on the PHEV is that is seems somewhat more complex than the HEV and perhaps more problematic.
So, my final question for those in the know here is do any of you who have a PHEV wish you had gotten a HEV instead? If yes, why.