“Most gullibles probably dont' understand the IRA”. 100 percent true when looking at the Ariya. Whatever you signed over the summer, there has been no clarity whether the car actually qualifies. Nissan has stayed mum on it and that meta quest was probably to soften the blow.Since your wife "always preferred the MY", then there's no subjective comparison. It's either MY or nothing. Tax incentives should only be consider if a person has tax liability. Most gullibles probably dont' understand the IRA.
My neighbor across from me traded in their 2018 Lexus RX450h (PHEV) for a top of the line 2022 MY Dual Motor with all the bells and whistles. The husband, whom I chat with once in a while, totally disliked his MY. The wife wanted the brand name Tesla in their garage because their immediate neighbor also owns a top of the line MY (their immediate neighbor also recently bought a brand new 2022 Range Rover). "What wifey wants, wifey gets" was his only reasoning for buying their MY.
Competing with the Joneses can be very expensive ordeal. I haven't talked to my neighbor after the recent drastic price reduction on their MY. I'm sure he's not very happy either. Making car payments when the value of your car is UPSIDE DOWN is not fun. How many will eventually walk away from their Tesla car loans?