Mitsubishi drops the 2014 i-MiEV price nearly $6,100, making it one of the most affordable electric cars on the market. New standard features include heated driver's and passenger seat, a "CHAdeMO" DC quick-charge port, heated side mirrors, rear speakers, a leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights, and aluminum-alloy wheels.
Mitsubishi figured the fastest way to bring an electric car to market was to take an existing micro-car platform, add an electric powertrain, and then meet all U.S. safety and emissions requirements needed to bring the car here. That's the theory behind the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, but unfortunately for Mitsubishi, other manufactures have come up with a far better plan. On its surface, the i-MiEV looks like the perfect commuter car, easy to park in small spaces and requiring only an electric charge to send it on its way. But, the i-MiEV is rather crude, both in its technology and interior features. Its biggest plus is the low price, which may be enough to sway those looking for a second car purely for in-town errands.
By Lew on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Ok, I've only owned the peanut for a short period of time, but this is my thoughts on the EV. My wife and I drove it through a storm to get it home, around DC & Baltimore. It handled great, was quiet, visibility was excellent, seats were comfy for the 169 mile drive. We stopped 3 times to charge it, just to be on the safe side. Each charge was done at a Nissan dealer and all cost us nothing out of our wallets, zero, nada, 0. It's a courtesy that is provided at all dealers that have the charging stations, which is most Mitsubishi, Nissan, etc. Fuel costs at home are $2.51 for each 100 miles traveled. Since we drive it mainly for work, running errands/groceries, we no longer are concerned about running out of battery power. We charge it overnight with a regular GFI receptacle, designated just for the car, on a 15amp breaker, about once a week. If we plug it in before midnight, it normally has a full charge the next morning. Something of importance, at least for me, I have a hearing problem and with most cars my ears pick up road noise and everything else, but my wife's voice, but not in this car. It's so quiet! Driving it in "D" will give you more speed than you'll get out of most small cars, with a top speed of over 80 mph, ours will never see that. I'm 6' 5" tall and I have tons of head and leg room. I remember my wife saying how much room she had in the back seat during the demo drive. We normally leave the back seats down and use it for our shopping, etc. We are considering another and we may just rent a vehicle for our out of town LONG drives, like so many others are doing. Gas savings will be about $9,800 every 5 years. Battery warranty is for 8 years or 100,000 miles, which ever comes first. If you have never driven an electric car, your really missing out on the future and how enjoyable these cars are. I hope this review helps those of you that are on the fence and considering these amazing cars. Have a wonderful day!"
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By jray3 on Monday, March 26, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, most affordable EV."
Cons: "low dealer knowledge"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I've put 3500 miles on my i so far, and a few hundred on a Leaf, which rides like a Buick in comparison to the i, but the i is more enjoyable due to the multiple driving modes and responsive chassis. Highway speed and the jellybean shape that only looks slippery makes the range guessometer drop like a rock, so I wish a larger battery option were available. After getting to know the car, I don't hesitate to take on a 60 mile round trip, and it has quickly become the family's prime mover. Do your research, as CHAdeMO is available on the base model, but is not a dealer upgrade item!"
22 people out of 24 found this review helpful
By stan_cz on Thursday, August 16, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,600overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "economy, smart hatchback design, zippy"
Cons: "no center arm rest"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have this car for a half year and it became the primary car in our family. Our kids, 3-year old twins love it, too. The car completely changed my way of thinking as owner and driver. Going to a gas station is now hassle to me. Range anxiety is non existent as I learned that I need to think just a little before going for a trip. If the expected distance is above 80 miles, I take our Jetta TDI, that simple. Very recently, I have taken my iMiEV for a long trip to test its range when driving up to 40 MPH w/o A/C. I was able to get 93.4 miles with 1 mile remaining. No need to reach for the hidden reserves. Cons: I miss the central arm rest. Also, the road and wind noise at high speeds is so strong, that it would be nice to have speed sensitive volume control on radio. The bottom line, no matter what your excuses are, the technology for EVs is already out there. My motto is: «I prefer to drive imported car on domestic fuel rather than domestic car on imported fuel.»"
17 people out of 19 found this review helpful