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2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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2016 ES 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $22,995


The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the kind of vehicle that most people still visualize when they hear the words "electric car." This futuristic little four-seater can't go very fast or very far, but if you can live within its limits it is a very practical and functional transportation module that is surprisingly pleasant to drive.

What's New for 2016

Mitsubishi's little electric runabout is back for 2016 after a year's absence. It is essentially identical to i-MiEVs produced for 2014 and 2012. An electronics and connectivity package which includes a navigation system is now an available option.

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Choosing Your Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The i-MiEV is a fully electric battery-powered car with a 66-horsepower motor driving the rear wheels. Base MSRP is $22,995 -- before Federal and state electric car incentives. Subtract Uncle Sam's $7500 bonus, check to see if your state offers any additional refunds, and the total effective purchase price can fall to the mid-teens. The i-MiEV is not only the least expensive electric car on the market but one of the most affordable of any kind.

Mitsubishi has kept option indecisiveness anxiety to a minimum on the i-MiEV. It comes in one trim level (ES) which includes lightweight alloy wheels, a six-speaker stereo/CD/MP3 player, electric heat and air conditioning, and heated seats as standard. The one major available option is an electronics package that includes a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel controls and a rearview camera and adds $2000 to the bottom line. Other accessories such as an LED illumination kit, cargo management bins, body trim moldings and a spare USB port are also available.

In a slow-speed urban or suburban setting the i-MiEV is not only practical but engaging and enjoyable to drive. The electric motor's instant and abundant torque (145 pound-feet at zero RPM) gets the car away from stops smartly. The big surprise is the excellent blend of ride and handling; the i-MiEV drives with a gratifying sense of directness and absorbs bumps and pavement irregularities without being wallowy or brittle.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Bring everything up to highway speeds and the i-MiEV quickly finds its modest limits, draining the smallish battery at a considerable rate while struggling to keep up with fast-moving traffic. The i-MiEV will run for an estimated 98 miles according to the EPA's city cycle test; the more realistic mixed-driving rating is 62 miles. Charging time from a 240V/15-amp socket is approximately 6 hours. One of the increasingly popular CHAdeMO public quick-chargers will boost a flat battery to 80% charge in around half an hour.

The i-MiEV will seat four adults, although none will have excessive amounts of room to stretch out. Interior fittings tend towards the basic -- the dominant theme is plastic in simple shapes, and luxuries like power seats are not available -- but the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob add a touch of class. Even given the i-MiEV's basic spec, a full suite of safety features -- including side-curtain airbags, effective crumple zones and a high-voltage battery cutoff -- are standard.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless you intend to put business graphics all over your i-MiEV you'll want to pick a color besides white, which makes the car look like a large household appliance. The navigation system is rather expensive and probably unnecessary for a vehicle which by nature will spend its existence close to home. Otherwise, the i-MiEV is an enjoyable low-cost and eco-friendly option for short-range commuter and city duty.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
66 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
126 / 99 / 114 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
66 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
126 / 99 / 114 Mpge
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
50.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
85 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
144.7 "
Exterior Width
62.4 "
Exterior Height
63.6 "
Front Headroom
35.6 "
Rear Headroom
34.3 "
Front Legroom
33.8 "
Rear Legroom
30.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,579 Lbs.
Wheel Base
100 "
Turning Radius
15.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
15.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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