We live in San Diego and we currently have a 36/15k lease for $358 a month (incl taxes, $0 DAS) that expires end of December.
The 330e was great since it was a commuter for my wife who was commuting 15mi each way and could charge at work, but she got a new job and can no longer charge at work, so has been driving on gas home. Offers from Carvana and others on the car were a couple thousand less than the buyout, so not looking like we’ll have any equity, and buying the car after lease doesn’t look enticing due to the high residual even though my wife really likes the car.
We want to go with something all electric for our next car or at least a PHEV with higher range (40-50+). I realize it’s also a super bad time to be looking at hacking leases or purchases, but we were hoping to keep our budget roughly the same (highest around $350-400 a month, preferably less if feasible). We were thinking of doing another lease since it seems like the technology is changing quick with these EVs.
A couple we were looking at were:
Hyundai Kona Electric Limited
Kia Niro EV EX
Need space for one, and possibly 2, car seats in the back, but otherwise it would mostly be a commuter car.
There look to be some more compelling options coming out like the Nissan Ariya, Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, but I’m not sure any of them will be available by the time our lease is up end of this year.
I think I’m leaning towards the Bolt EUV or the Kia Niro EV, but also wondering if it would make sense to try and borrow a car from family for a few months to try and wait for something like the Kia EV6 or Nissan Ariya, though I’m not sure what kind of deals will be able to be had on those as new and more exciting models.
Was wondering if those more familiar with all the EV incentives and current leasing environment might be able to offer some advice. Thanks!