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2016 Mitsubishi I-Miev
2016 mitsubishi i-miev
2016 Mitsubishi I-Miev

2016 Mitsubishi I-Miev

MSRP
$22,995 - $22,995
FUEL ECONOMY (CITY/HWY)
126 / 99 mpg
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2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV REVIEW

If most of your driving consists of short city commutes, you might be considering an all-electric vehicle. Charging stations are becoming more common and the prospect of an agile, peppy EV is certainly intriguing. The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV offers the all-electric experience at a very appealing price, several thousand dollars below its closest competitors, in fact. But due to a few major drawbacks, it might not offer the ownership experience you're seeking. The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV resembles nothing else on the road. While the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV costs less than rivals, it's also significantly less practical. Limited driving range and long charging times are often concerns with EVs, and the i-MiEV is particularly challenged in both areas. The EPA's estimated range for this little EV is just 62 miles. Many competitors are well above that, with at least 80 or 90 miles before they run out of electrons. As for recharging times, the i-MiEV's outdated 3.3kW charger will need up to 22 hours to recharge a depleted battery pack when plugged into a standard 110-volt outlet. Mitsubishi claims that Level 2 and 3 chargers will recharge the i-MiEV battery much more quickly: about 7 hours with a 240-volt outlet and less than an hour with a Level 3 charger. Most rivals will recharge in less time, though, regardless of the power source. On-road performance isn't a strength for this Mitsubishi, either. It's a small car with a short wheelbase and skinny tires, so you can fit it into some really tight parking spots. On the highway things aren't so peachy, as the i-MiEV has one of the slowest 0-60-mph times we've ever recorded in a modern automobile: 14.7 seconds. Once you're up to speed and no longer focused on the burdensome task of acceleration, comfort is at a premium. The ride is busy and rough, and quite a bit of road and wind noise makes its way inside the cabin. Adding insult to injury are the Mitsubishi's subpar interior materials, which surround you in the cockpit. For all these reasons, you'll want to take a look at the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV's competition. The Chevrolet Spark EV is marginally more expensive than the i-MiEV, but it offers an additional 20 miles of range and is about twice as quick accelerating to 60 mph. If you want something more upscale, the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric are notable for their smooth ride quality and high-quality interior materials, along with their quicker charging times and longer respective ranges. The Fiat 500e is another appealing choice thanks to its fun-to-drive nature. None of the aforementioned electric vehicles will be quite as inexpensive as the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, but all are significantly more practical for day-to-day driving and offer more standard and optional equipment. For the majority of EV buyers, these attributes will be more valuable than pure cost savings.
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