> I'm comparing value for money
Clearly you aren't. The civic you posted is the same amount to buy and will cost about an extra $1000/year to run as a commuter
You need to understand that value proposition includes resale value as well not simple running costs, but the whole shebang. I know that the first 5 years of ownership a new Civic costs less for average usage, but after that the Leaf represents better value if you are simply comparing fuel and maintenance, but how many folks own the same car for that length of time, its minimal.
I've personally owned in excess of 30 cars over the years and advised on the purchase of at least 50 more for business/friends. I do know a thing or 3 about this field. In fact in the last 2 years alone I've bought 7 cars for myself and family members, and advised on the purchase of 4 more for friends.
Edited by rjag, 17 May 2017 - 10:15 PM.