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We bought the 2018 “Bluebird” about 6 weeks ago. Great price, great condition, a San Diego CA car now in Michigan. Liked it a lot immediately. 10 days later headed south from SW Michigan to Carolina Beach. A similar experience to the 2011 which we still own, but better in many ways as well. First and foremost the EV range is awesome. 3 weeks in Carolina Beach warm weather and the guessometer was usually at 60! Cruising highway 421 at 45-55 mph back and forth from the beach to the golf course sometimes I was getting Close to 5 miles per kWh. Charged every night on L1 and never used a drop of gas locally. I think the seat is a bit more comfortable as well. On the highway, I really like the 1.5 liter engine. Smoother, sounds better, much more responsive feeling in the throttle. When you’re at 65-70 and you want to get to 78-80 it goes! I was expecting a large mpg improvement over the 2011 it’s not substantially better. Maybe 36-37mpg vs 33-35 on the Gen 1. This cruising in the left lane at 78-80 mph. Overall love getting into this car anytime. Still love the 2011 it’s going to Green Tec Auto for a battery some time soon. But my impression of the 2018 is very good. If you find a great deal buy one. $4,000 tax credit available, but the sale price has to be $25,000 or less!