2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV Review Web2Carz

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We spend a week with an car, experience range

A utomakers are working hard to get past the perception that cars are just glorified carts. The Tesla Model S, the Leaf, and the Ford Focus all look like normal that happen to have an motor. Not so with the Mitsubishi

The i-MiEV, or i for short, looks something that’s used in parking enforcement. It stands out on the almost fitting negative as the glorified golf cart electric-car stereotypes to a T.

It’s one thing to look at it. it like to live with the for a week?

On the Road

Electric offer up near-instantaneous torque and thanks to its smallish size, the i moving with some Otherwise, the experience is far from car handles OK, but the tall roofline it feel a bit tippy. Sure, the is precise and accurate with feel, but that’s small in a car that’s not meant to be pushed

We understand that most i won’t be concerned with but even at sedate speeds the performance is disappointing. Its ride is a bit and the short wheelbase and tall makes that choppiness

On-road performance wasn’t the issue we had with the i. At one point we it at a quick-charge station during our hour only to find the battery hadn’t charged at It might’ve been user but it still meant that we bound to experience range

Speaking of range, the promised of 98 miles city and 62 highway a lot, at least not compared to the 100 promised by the Leaf. We also that projected range in the instrument cluster vanished and dramatically after dipping the throttle for freeway passing. We felt secure on our 20-mile to the office, and we didn’t like ahead for our trips.

The i is fine for short city but it won’t work well for who have long commutes.

The i’s tall look it no favors aesthetically, and while the car looks from onlookers, few complimentary. It really does like a golf cart on


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There’s no getting it. The interior is a letdown, especially for a car costs nearly $35K. really needs to lock its designers in a room and not let them out they can come up with that are modern and not-cheap with better materials and a intuitive infotainment system, for

We’ll wait.

Fuel Safety

Safety features on the i are standard, with the usual of airbags and active safety like traction control.

Fuel economy doesn’t apply to an all-electric car, but as above, city range is 98 and combined city/highway range is 62 while combined MPGe per gallon equivalent) is 112, a breakdown of 126 MPGe city and 99 highway. Charge time is seven hours on a 240-volt

Final Thoughts

Electric are becoming viable solutions for a portion of new-car buyers. But we a hard time thinking of a argument for the i. It doesn’t seem to a lot of value—or features—for the money in the way its competitors do. The driving experience requires a lot of sacrifice, whether in of performance, comfort, or range.

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