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2012 Coda Sedan drive review Autoweek

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2012 Coda Sedan review

Coda sedans on the of the LA River. Photo by Davey G.

The LED running lights add a bit of the future to a that’s decidedly of the past. by Davey G. Johnson.

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What is it?

is a place for a modest electric A workaday electric vehicle. An vehicle for the vegan who doesn’t the need to engage in bumper-sticker

An electric vehicle that one from place to place not a modicum of fuss and engenders range anxiety.

Coda to build that electric So they engineered a very battery, a lithium-iron phosphate unit they believe in so that they’ve tagged it a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. Then took said battery and it in the floor of a rather homely car .

They’re a thoughtful group of vets, these Coda and they’ve rallied around a cry dependable range. The EPA rates the sedan at 88 miles on a charge. A engineer once hypermiled one to

The company says 100 miles on a is absolutely within the realm of the driver, and based on a day tooling Los Angeles using the A/C rather and paying scant attention to driving habits, we have no to doubt their claim.

it like to drive?

Based on the Chinese-built Hafei Sabao, the sedan’s a curious mix of the excellent and the janky. One benefit of basing the car on an platform is that the out-of-vogue of cabin visibility is still in The low beltline allowed us our preferred posture, left elbow on the window sill.

As such, we notice one of the bigger ergonomic about the Coda that the armrests are mounted exceptionally even for people of more stature.

Coda clearly put most of effort into the powertrain, and it A 0-to-60-mph time of 9.5 seconds sound like any great especially when Elon is touting the Porsche-trouncing benefits of propulsion, but the reality is that the level is perfectly adequate for motoring. The Coda packs a midrange punch.

Anywhere 25 and 70 mph, dipping into the produces an accelerative sensation to a turbocharged mill that’s spooled up.

The chassis favors over handling, but it’s not useless in a corner, as the underslung pack keeps the center of low. With 221 lb-ft through the front wheels, one expect a healthy dollop of steer. Said dollop is not as pronounced as one might expect.

It’s more like a

It’s the controls that undo the machine. Today’s and EVs generally feature a nearly transition between regenerative and hydraulic actuation of the discs drums. They’ve become so that the process is practically linear.

The Coda, however, from a nonintuitive hump the discs start to grab. the course of a day’s driving, we really got a handle on stopping the car

Behavior of the sort may have acceptable in the early days of systems, but given that like the Tesla Model S and Camry Hybrid manage the so wonderfully, the Coda comes off as and underbaked.

The console-mounted rotary selector is another sore With no mechanical goings-on to at what drive mode just engaged, we found repeatedly dropping the Coda neutral when we were for forward motion. It’s one would get used to quickly we imagine, but the fact that not as intuitive as it could be illustrates as serious as Coda may be about technology, they suffer an acute lack of seriousness actual motoring .

We never really came to with the steering, either. The sense was that the steering had to be some manner of hard extrusion. The cheaper Mitsubishi i. in has excellent steering, tweaked by the engineer responsible for the helm of the Lancer Evolution .

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On the bright the optional Alpine stereo pretty good, and the smart packaging means that the is free, clear and usable. that . BMW ActiveE .

Do I want

High points aside, the is about as much of an automotive box as one can find in the current crop of The Leaf and i offer funky and the reputation of known manufacturers. The Focus Electric even to add a dose of handsome to the basic car a that’s already among the vehicles in the C-segment.

The Model S features solid and a general sense that really sweated every when it comes to the feel of automobile.

Coda put all their in the battery’s basket. We’ll the battery a good grade on our experience and the industry-leading warranty. As for the of the rest of the car? Might we suggest they put their in something else? Coda’s vehicle is being developed in with a different Chinese Great Wall.


Perhaps have the kinks worked out by but with the current sedan as the company’s only offering, recommend that eco-intenders sacrifice some range, more money or grit green teeth and purchase a

2012 Coda Sedan

Price: $38,145

As-Tested $39,640

Drivetrain: 31-kWh pack; 134-hp, 221-lb-ft motor; one-speed automatic

Weight: 3,670 lb

Fuel (EPA): 73 mpg-e

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