2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 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 …

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

it looks a lot like a Smart Cars.com’s Joe Wiesenfelder says. The i-MiEV is actually 3 feet than a Smart ForTwo, but a similar high, skinny, hatchback shape. And it’s tiny — 2 feet than the Nissan Leaf.

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 crude and uncomfortable, one sums it up. Edmunds.com lists the interior as one of the i-MiEV’s cons. no center armrest, Cars.com’s points out, and the door are hard plastic instead of padded like the Leaf’s.

adults can squeeze in, but some will be involved, says at Car and Driver. Backseat passengers be sitting with their raised, Wiesenfelder says. In the seat, two 6-foot testers Wiesenfelder and Autoblog.com’s Witzenburg both feel cramped.

At Inside Line’s Mark has to scoot the driver’s seat so far that he has to stretch his arms to reach the (non-tilt, non-telescoping) wheel. Built for Apes? he his blog post on the topic. Scott Jacobs titles his Is Too Damn High.

Cargo is tight behind the backseat 13.2 cubic feet, 1.3 less than the Leaf though there’s enough back there to squeeze in clubs or a standard-sized suitcase, says. Fold the seats and the boasts a 50.4-cubic-foot cargo twice the size of the Leaf’s.

The i-MiEV ES (Base MSRP: comes with 15-inch wheels, air conditioning, full accessories, a CD stereo with audio jack, a 120-volt cable and a remote control lets you set the charging timer and your i-MiEV while still plugged in (so you don’t as much power on climate while you’re driving). plug-in vehicles do this via which Wiesenfelder says better; the i-MiEV’s remote couldn’t penetrate the parking where Cars.com’s Leaf and flawlessly receive their 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 … 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 i-MiEV more choppily — and tippier to some testers than the smooth, planted of the Nissan Leaf. And it’s less powerful than the Graced with 145 pound-feet of but cursed with only 66

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.

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.

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EPA Fuel Economy Estimates

126 mpge

Highway: 99 mpge

112 mpge

‘Safety Concern': hit crash dummy in government

The back door poked the i-MiEV’s cabin during a side crash test, the crash dummy in the torso enough to raise the risk of injury. That prompted the Highway Traffic Safety to add a Safety Concern label to the 4-star overall federal rating. The i-MiEV comes the usual standard safety — antilock brakes, and stability control and front, and curtain airbags.

We found no predictions for this new model. The i-MiEV carries three-year/36,000-mile and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranties, eight years/100,000 miles for the

NHTSA Safety Ratings

Impact: 4 stars

Side 3 stars

Rollover Resistance: 4

Overall: 4 stars

Safety During the side crash the rear door intruded the cabin, hitting the torso of the passenger dummy.

IIHS Ratings

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