Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
The i-MiEV is one of the cheapest all-electric cars available. But the downside is an underdeveloped vehicle that is slow, clumsy, stiff-riding, and plebeian inside. It takes between 6 and 7 hours to charge on a 240-volt, Level 2 charger, or 21 hours on a standard 110-volt charger. Its range is EPA-rated at 62 miles, although we generally got around 59 miles. We measured its energy consumption at 111 mpg equivalent. The motor puts out a meager 66 hp. In comparison, the five-seat Nissan Leaf--with its roomier interior, more comfortable ride, and longer driving range--feels like a real car and is a far better choice.