Driven: Mitsubishi i-MiEV is serious electric car contender – Phoenix Auto Review |

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To wit, the is the least expensive EV on the market now, starting at $29,125. the $7,500 federal tax incentive, comes down to a downright $21,625. Some states up to $5,500 in local tax incentives could bring that into the mid teens.

Like with the Volt extended-range Mitsubishi is also offering a lease program that at $221 a month for qualified One of the things allowing for this is that the i-MiEV is the smallest EV on the It measures just 144” in about 2” shorter than a a Cooper.

Styling is unique and a few eyes your way, but not so that it’s like a circus. Our silver SE tester in for the most part, only attention of those who knew it was.

Power comes from a 66 water cooled electric that drives the rear A single speed transmission power seamlessly and smoothly at all Power is generous despite low horsepower number thanks to a 145 lb-ft of torque available at zero RPM.

Driving the feels a lot like a traditional car the gear changes and vibrations with a gasoline engine. It can maneuver in traffic as well as at 70 mph on the freeway with little There is a futuristic electric sound in the distance, but its otherwise quiet.

The gear selector has the standard D for Eco for driving that saves batter life, and B for strong braking when you lift off the In D, the car feels peppy, in Eco if feels and in B feels like you are riding the

The latter setting is however friend if you find yourself low on the battery. You charge that back up every time you and come to a stop light. In all you can still dip into the power a hefty foot to the floor on the

The Lithium Ion battery offers up to 98 city range, and 62 miles combined, which is what the EPA says. It will take up to 22 for a full charge on 110V or as little as 7 hours on a 220v If you are counting MPGe, mile-per-gallon it is rated at 126 MPGe city and 99 highway.

We found the range promises to through just fine. town you get the best range as braking is always putting back into the battery. On our day of testing we ran the batter down to 15% and plugged in to our 110v overnight.

In the it had 70 miles ready to burn

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Handling is predictable on the freeway and at speeds. The ride tends firm with the i-MiEV’s compound 15” tires. They are skinny in fact, 145/65 R15 in 175/65 R15 in the rear.

We note because you notice their of foot print when Combined with the high of gravity in the i-MiEV, you find spirited or jaunty driving this car’s strong

Our SE model had the upgraded interior has a tasteful two-toned black and treatment with cloth Controls are traditional and simple, no to the space age is going on here as in the Nissan Leaf.

The 360 watt stereo and navigation system was to us from other Mitsubishi so was easy to adapt to. We liked the fold out cup holders on other of the instrument panel. The leather steering wheel with controls made the i-MiEV familiar and premium.

Gotta have leather on touch points.

The seats a captain’s chair position and with a commanding albeit SUVish view. The interior is enough, offering seating for up to Rear seats fold and offer a reasonable cargo too.

The battery is located the rear seat area and up little if any room from the compartment.

Fit and finish both inside and out good. It has the level of aesthetic and quality you would expect any car manufactured in Japan.

The doors and close with a good thunk, the seats feel and the ride is free of road associated with “tin cars.

Overall we came impressed with the Mitsubishi iIt’s offered from a manufacturer can expect will be to service it down the road. backed by a 5 year/60,000 power-train and the battery is warrantied for 7 years/100,000

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