Review: 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Mitsubishi i

A rear-wheel-drive four-door hatchback staggered wheels and a mere pounds distributed 45/55. the folks who gave us the Evo. awesome, doesn’t it? But the Mitsubishi i(conversationally referred to as either the “i” OR the isn’t that sort of

Its focus is just as narrow as the but could hardly be more the cheapest, most energy-efficient car you can buy in the United States. How cheap? The low-20s price (after a tax credit) isn’t much than that of a Toyota c, the cheapest, most energy-efficient

The Prius succeeded in part it looked like nothing Even the most car-ignorant can readily identify one. The similarly won’t be confused any other car. Even the are radically different (the one on the was bent upwards by engineers, not

But will Americans identify ultra-compact egg-on-wheels as a car at all? The c is nearly 20 inches less than the regular Prius. The (despite sharing a 100.4-inch is another foot shorter (144.7 vs. 157.3 inches). The is also over four narrower (62.4 vs.

66.7 inches) but nearly inches taller (63.6 vs. inches). This is after widened a couple of inches for America.

Road-legal cars four doors don’t get any in North America. Even are generally wider than are tall.

Given the price it should come as no surprise nearly every interior save the seats is hard in both cars. The i-MiEV’s nevertheless manages to seem more spartan than the c’s.

Hybrids and electric often provide detailed on your driving style and use. The i-MiEV’s instruments and very basic, just a a fuel gauge, a needle instantaneously provides feedback on the of your foot when and braking (lighter is better), and an temp / distance-to-empty readout. in the Prius c, Volt, or LEAF no way to evaluate your driving beyond the current moment or your efficiency over

Due to the Mitsubishi’s tall, narrow you sit higher than in the typical car but a bare minimum of shoulder The front seats are very together. The width increase the JDM car went into an extra between your outside and the B-pillar, and you’re still close to the latter. The steering neither tilts nor telescopes.

The driver’s seat has a height but hardly anyone will use it. with the seat in its lowest the windshield header intrudes on far more than the instrument does (for this of middling height). You#8217;ll be versed in the contents of the airbag label.


And you#8217;ll want to well short of the mark at signals.

Sitting behind in the i-MiEV, my shins graze the seatbacks. The seat is mounted off the floor, so I’m reasonably comfortable from not having an inch of to spare. Cargo space is minimal, no surprise given the nonexistent rear overhang.

a B-Segment Prius c seems compared to the A-segment i-MiEV.

you’ll find zero-to-sixty for the i-MiEV in the 13-to-15 second But it doesn’t seem quite slow because of the smooth, delivery of the 66-horsepower electric As with other hybrids and glacial acceleration with the speedometer incrementing about a second just feels

Those in your rear mirror may not appreciate such leisurely acceleration, and even a c, with its 11-second 0-60 would hand the i its rear in a pointless drag race.

Ah, but the economy. I wasn’t able to the i-MiEV’s efficiency. The EPA (which to be conservative on this metric) it’ll go 62 miles on a charge getting the gas equivalent of 126 miles-per-gallon 99 highway, and 112 combined. Only the Honda Fit EV does better, 118 and it will be lease-only.

The upcoming EV checks in at 105, and the LEAF at 99. At the electricity price of 12 cents per the i-MiEV costs about two to recharge. In my driving the Prius c, EPA ratings of 53 city, 46 highway, and 50 averaged about 62 miles-per-gallon details and photos here ). It be the most fuel-efficient gas-powered but in terms of fuel cost per it’s still about the i-MiEV.

Refueling remains the weakness of EVs.  Using a outlet, it takes 22.5 to recharge the i-MiEV. Spend a or two to install a Level 2 (240v) charger, and charge time to seven hours. A Level 3 charge port is a $700 You can#8217;t get a Level 3 charger at at least not at a remotely reasonable

But find a public Level 3 and charging to 80 percent of capacity max with a fast charger) only about 30 minutes.

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this is a slow car, but cars can be fun to drive, especially if only weigh about pounds (i.e. about 500 less than the regular and about 800 less than the LEAF). The i#8217;s basic are promising. But the combination of an undersquare with a rear-heavy weight (the motor is in back) have kept Mitsubishi’s up at night.

They didn#8217;t the wheels to enable more turn exits. Instead, designed the suspension and undersized the front tires (145/65R15 vs. meaty 175/60R15s on the rear) to the i-MiEV to start scrubbing the outside curb well it might build up enough force to spin out or roll In the 70s on the highway (it tops out at 81) the Mitsubishi tippy and skittish.

It#8217;s well out of its element element being the perpetual of metro Tokyo, where the compares favorably to minicars offered in North America). A c is a serene highway cruiser in Around town both actually ride fairly neither is remotely punishing or floaty.

The Prius c One lists for the i-MiEV for $22,475 (after a tax credit but before a Level 2 charger). Even with cars in their base the Prius c has nearly $1,600 in content, as calculated by TrueDelta’s car comparison tool. for a feature-adjusted difference that exceeds once the cost of the home is factored in. On top of this, the Prius C and handles better, is roomier, and is much more like a car.

You’re spending and giving up a lot to save perhaps in fuel costs per year.

A for both cars: they just compete with other. For another $4,065 after adjusting for feature you can get the larger and more powerful but as efficient (based on EPA tests) Prius instead of a Prius c. For $6,075 (but only after adjusting for feature you can get a Nissan LEAF instead of an

An argument might be made for the c over the regular Prius, as it considerably better fuel when driven with a foot and has a more conventional position. It’s much to justify the i-MiEV over a as you must make major in just about every in return for the Mitsubishi’s lower If you can afford to spend the extra spend it.

Or, if you enjoy driving, the extra money on gas and get a Ford or Mazda3.

Pat Hennessey of Art Moran in Southfield, MI, provided the i-MiEV. He can be at 248-353-0910.

Toyota provided the c with insurance and a tank of

Michael Karesh operates an online provider of car reliability and fuel economy information.

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