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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.

Road Test

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the cheapest and most efficient electric cars on the market. But in terms of amenities and performance, it exemplifies all the stereotypes about electric cars being little more than fancy golf carts. It's tiny, slow,...

Highs

  • Very efficient and cheap to run
  • Tiny dimensions make it easy to park

Lows

  • Short range and slow recharging times on 240-volt power
  • Stiff and jumpy ride

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/-1 miles
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • electric (66 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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