In late 2017 I started looking at new cars. The main things I wanted in a new car were:
1. A plug in or electric car
2. A good value
3. A reliable and trouble free car
I wasnt going to buy a car if it didnt have those three things. Some other qualities I was looking for were:
4. A good looking car
5. An interior and dash layout that was well designed
6. Modern amenities that my base model Honda didnt have like AC, heated seats, interval wipers, auto volume adjust, tire pressure monitoring, Android Auto, power mirrors, etc.
My Honda was getting old but was still running good so really I didnt need a new car at the time. I started looking because it seemed that plug-in and electric cars were finally attainable for the average Joe. At the time I looked at the Prius Prime, Chevy Volt, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Optima plug-in, Honda Clarity and Tesla model 3. The Ioniq had everything I was looking for and more. After a few months of looking, research, and a few test drives I knew the base model plug in was the car for me.
The buying experience was frustrating and stressful since the plug in version is only sold in a few states. And the dealerships have been disappointing. But eventually my car was delivered and after a drive in EV mode all those troubles melted away.
The car has been fantastic, everything I could have hoped for. After a year of driving (4300 miles) I still think it is the perfect car for me. I do a lot of short trips in EV mode during the year but use the gas engine enough that I'm glad it's there when I need it. The EPA rating for the plug in is about 120 mpge. When I bought the car I didnt know what to expect but I was hoping to get better than that. After one year I've bought gas four times and my average on Fuelly is 150 mpg (US).
Last summer I managed 37 miles of electric range on a long drive. This week in colder temperatures, around town, I got 34.5 miles of electric range. I love the quiet ride in EV mode (and I expect my next car will be a full EV). I love the exterior styling and cleanly designed interior. Actually, there is a lot more that I like about this car but I wont repeat it now since it's all in this thread:
And I'm really impressed with how well the electric drive is integrated with the gas engine. The transitions are smooth and hardly noticeable. Same for the regenerative braking and transitions to friction brakes. I think my brake pads are going to last for a very, very long time.
One year down, 14 more to go. So far, so good. I suppose in 9 years I may be tempted to look at the latest electric car offerings. But until then, life is good.