2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV Review

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2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

the cheapest and most fuel-efficient car you can buy. Unfortunately, the 2012 i-MiEV (Base MSRP: to $31,125) also suffers the shortest range — an 62 miles on a single charge and critics find this four-seater cramped and skimpy on And if you were wondering, it’s is pronounced eye-meev.

Among cars, experts still the roomier, fuller-featured 2012 Leaf (Base MSRP: to $37,250). Early reviews good for the 2012 Ford Electric (Base MSRP: too. Plug-in hybrid like the 2012 Chevrolet (Base MSRP: $39,145) the range limit — include a gas backup engine, so you get stranded if your electricity out.

All of these plug-in qualify for the same $7,500 federal tax credit. Some offer thousands of dollars’ of tax credits for plug-in cars,

‘Looks like a computer And what about that hole in the backseat?

The Mitsubishi i is Car and Driver’s Tony Quiroga It looks like a computer It has windshield wipers that Ultraman’s arms in attack

Autoblog.com’s Gary Witzenburg it an odd-looking little duck.

Actually, it looks a lot like a car, Cars.com’s Joe Wiesenfelder The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is actually 3 longer than a Smart but with a similar high, sawed-off hatchback shape. And still tiny — 2 shorter than the Nissan

Aside from its basic and bent passenger-side wiper (at one request, Edmunds Inside posts a video of the wipers in Inside Line’s Mark can’t help but notice a big square smack in the middle of the backseat (where the fifth would sit, if this a five-seater). It’s embossed a baffling hot-dog shape, six dots and a lowercase i. Or an exclamation depending on how you look at it. The first to pop into my mind was, god, please tell me isn’t some weird toilet-related device,’ he writes. out, the can of tire sealant’s in (there’s no spare).

Whew. though, what a weird to put it.

Four adults fit — but cozy

Cheaper on the window — and cheaper inside, say. The tiny i-MiEV testers, and critics say it’s not as comfortable as the Nissan Leaf or Focus Electric.

Fairly and uncomfortable, one source sums it up. lists the low-quality interior as one of the cons. There’s no center Cars.com’s Wiesenfelder points and the door armrests are hard instead of softly padded the Leaf’s.

Four adults can squeeze in, but touching will be involved, Quiroga at Car and Driver. Backseat will be sitting with knees raised, Wiesenfelder In the driver’s seat, two 6-foot — Wiesenfelder and Autoblog.com’s — both feel

At 5-foot-10, Inside Line’s Takahashi has to scoot the driver’s back so far that he has to stretch his uncomfortably to reach the (non-tilt, steering wheel. Built for he titles his blog post on the Colleague Scott Jacobs his Seat Is Too Damn High.

space is tight behind the — 13.2 cubic 1.3 cubes less than the — though there’s room back there to in golf clubs or a standard-sized Edmunds.com says. Fold the and the i-MiEV boasts a 50.4-cubic-foot bay, twice the size of the

The lower-level i-MiEV ES (Base $29,125) comes with steel wheels, air conditioning, power accessories, a CD stereo auxiliary audio jack, a charging cable and a remote that lets you set the charging and preheat/pre-cool your i-MiEV it’s still plugged in (so you waste as much power on control while you’re Other plug-in vehicles do via smartphone, which Wiesenfelder works better; the i-MiEV’s signal couldn’t penetrate the garage where Cars.com’s and Volt flawlessly receive cellular signals.

The i-MiEV SE (Base MSRP: adds automatic headlights, fog a leather-wrapped steering wheel and vanity mirror. It also to alloy wheels, better fabric (this shrugs off as Inside Line’s Warren discovers when he spills his lentil dal on it) and an upgraded stereo. The system took a full six or more (of dead silence) to my iPod each time I it into the USB port, then was in other ways — a he has noticed in other Mitsubishi

Zippy around town, but 81 mph is as as it goes

Some critics the way the i-MiEV drives. Some But they all agree that it pretty much like any gas-powered subcompact.

Despite its driving the i is unexceptional, writes at Car and Driver. It’s slow 0 to 60 takes 13.0 seconds but there’s nothing abnormal how it operates.

But the tall, lightweight rides more choppily and feels tippier to some — than the smooth, ride of the Nissan Leaf. And certainly less powerful the Leaf. Graced with 145 of torque but cursed with 66 horsepower.

When merging onto a you’ll wish for at least 67 Quiroga says.

The i-MiEV’s battery pack feeds a electric motor, which in sends power to the rear It’s a single-speed direct-drive so there’s no shifting, but you can pick three modes: Eco mode power and B mode maximizes the brakes (to get more electricity them), but testers prefer D which allows full and a more natural drive

In fact, in D mode, the i feels as and engaging as any gas-only subcompact, says. Edmunds.com testers the i-MiEV up to is maximum 81 mph — to allow the i to keep up on the highway any tense moments — but really at home in the city, its ample torque has no problem from stoplight to stoplight and its footprint and tight turning make it a breeze to park.

range than the Leaf and Electric

Like all electric the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is extraordinarily It’s like having a gas car can go 112 mpg, according to the EPA’s (mpge) calculation (105 for the Ford Focus Electric and 99 for the Nissan Leaf).

But the i-MiEV can’t go as far on a charge. probably get 62 miles before have to stop and plug it in, the EPA versus 73 miles for the Leaf and 76 for the Electric.

The i-MiEV charges as fast as the Leaf — hours on a regular 120-volt outlet, or seven hours on a home charging station you can buy for $746 to $1,175 plus through Mitsubishi’s partners Buy or AeroVironment). Like the Leaf, you can get your i-MiEV equipped an optional quick-charge port for charging stations, which give you an 80 percent charge in as as 30 minutes, Mitsubishi says; it an extra $700 on the i-MiEV ES, but part of a $2,790 options on the i-MiEV SE.

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The Focus Electric quicker charging on its 240-volt charging station — four hours, and the station $1,500 installed — but it offer an optional public port.

EPA Fuel Economy

City: 126 mpge

Highway: 99

Combined: 112 mpge

‘Safety Door hit crash dummy in test

The back door into the i-MiEV’s cabin a government side crash hitting the crash dummy in the hard enough to raise the of spine injury. That the National Highway Traffic Administration to add a Safety Concern to the i-MiEV’s 4-star overall crash rating. The i-MiEV with the usual standard features — antilock traction and stability control and front-side and curtain airbags.

We found no reliability predictions for new model. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV three-year/36,000-mile basic and five-year/60,000-mile warranties, plus eight miles for the battery.

NHTSA Ratings

Front Impact: 4

Side Impact: 3 stars

Resistance: 4 stars

Overall: 4

Safety concern: During the crash test, the rear intruded into the cabin, the torso of the rear passenger

IIHS Safety Ratings

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