2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

 
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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  • Starting MSRP : $23,845
 
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
 

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

MSRP 
$23,845
Invoice 
$23,350
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the lowest-priced, fully electric passenger car available to Americans, priced at just $22,995. After a $7,500 federal tax credit, the price will be a quite-affordable $15,495. This is thousands less than the Chevrolet Spark and Nissan LEAF. At an EPA-rated 112 miles per gallon equivalent, it's one of the most energy-efficient cars on the market.

Although the i-MiEV is quite a bit smaller than the Nissan LEAF, it offers nearly as much passenger space, and for those who plan to stay in the city, it offers even better maneuverability and parking ease than the trend-setting Nissan.

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What's New For 2016

The i-MiEV is mostly unchanged for 2016. The car gets a slight drop in price as well as an optional navigation system. That navigation system comes packaged with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear view camera.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 2 stars
  • Rollover Rating:

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio w/6 Speakers -inc: 100-watt
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Aux Audio Input Jack
    • Automatic Equalizer
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 15" Alloy
    • Tires: 15"
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Seats -inc: 6-way manual adjustable drivers seat and 4-way manual adjustable front-passengers seat
    • 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Traction Battery Temperature and Trip Odometer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • 4 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Charge Port Door
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Partial Floor Console, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Digital Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Motor: Electric AC Synchronous
    • Transmission: Single Speed Fixed Reduction Gear
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 7.06 Axle Ratio
    • 80-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 3329# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Regenerative Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
    • Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/22 Hrs Charge Time @ 110/120V and 6 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.1
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 8
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 13.2
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 50.4
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Electric
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 66 @ 3000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 145
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 100.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 144.7
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 62.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 63.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 55.9
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 54.3
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.1
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 84.7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 35.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 33.8
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.8
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 49.4
    • Second Head Room (in) - 34.3
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 30
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 47.8
  • Mileage Features
    • Battery Range (mi) - 62
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 30.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P145/65HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P175/60HR15
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 7.06
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2579
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Introduction

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the least-expensive all-electric car sold in the U.S. Small, nimble and easy to park, it’s a good electric car for running around town.

The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV has a range of 62 miles, according to the EPA, which gives it an efficiency rating of 112 MPGe Combined, whatever that means. A $7,500 federal tax credit is reportedly available, and some states and localities offer tax incentives for buying an electric car.

Mitsubishi’s electric car seats four, and with its roomy interior it’s convenient for errands in the suburbs, and it’s great for parking in the big city. It is not suited to fast freeways and long distances, however, due to its short range, its lack of efficiency at high speeds, and its diminutive size.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV sold as a 2012, a 2014, and now a 2016 model, skipping the odd model years. The 2016 i-MiEV is pretty much the same car as the 2012 version launched in the U.S. Introduced prior to that in Japan, i-MiEV was the first modern electric car, small and simple. Electric cars introduced since then are more versatile and practical.

Lineup

The 2016 i-MiEV ES ($22,995) is the only model. The navigation package includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, 3D mapping, real-time traffic data, Bluetooth hands-free phone pairing, a USB port, and a rearview camera.

Walkaround

Mitsubishi i-MiEV is small, measuring just 144.7 inches, or just over 12 feet overall. It’s taller than a Toyota Yaris, but it has a narrow foot-print, two inches narrower than a Fiat 500.

The roof line allows good visibility, and a rearview camera is included with the navigation package.

The i-MiEV is powered by a 49-kilowatt (66-horsepower) electric motor located under and behind the rear seat that drives the rear wheels. The motor draws from a 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the floor and under the rear seat.

Interior

The cabin is roomier than you’d expect, given the small exterior size, and it seats four adults comfortably, though their shoulders may touch. Rear-seat passengers have enough head room that even six-footers can ride in relative comfort back there.

The inside is plain but functional. The instrument panel uses digital read-outs and the center console has easily understood climate control knobs. The plastic trim looks dated. The rear seat reclines.

Cargo space is minimal, unless you fold down the 50/50 split rear seat. The rear hatch door allows for cargo loading. We found it’s best to make grocery runs with the rear seats folded flat.

Driving Impressions

Twist the key to start the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and a Ready indicator light illuminates within the instrument panel to tell you the car is on. There is no sound. The first thing to check is a number on the instrument panel indicating how many miles are left before the lithium-ion battery pack is depleted.

Using a 110-volt outlet the estimated time for a complete charge after the batteries have been exhausted is 22 hours. Using a 240-volt outlet reduces the charging time to about 6 hours. A quick charge, with a public charging station, is about 30 minutes for an 80 percent charge.

The shift lever can be set at one of three settings: D, for Drive, which allows 100 percent torque in response to the driver’s foot on the accelerator; Eco, which reduces the rate of battery consumption to maximize range; and B, which increases regenerative braking (charging the batteries every time you step on the brake pedal).

Step off from a standing start and you’ve got full torque, 145 pound-feet, right away. Acceleration feels brisk, but it reportedly takes 15 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph, making i-MiEV one of the slowest cars available for sale in the U.S. Unlike the typical electric car, which can surprise the driver with the instant full-torque at throttle, the Mitsubishi engineers have devised something called Smooth Start Control that electronically regulates the acceleration so there’s a more gentle power transition.

The brake pedal feel is decent, despite the front disc/rear drum combination.

If you want to extend the range of this car, you learn to run with no heat or defrost. Using the defroster can drop the range by five miles because the defroster is pulling electricity, this car’s lifeblood. The i-MiEV’s official EPA range is 62 miles, but high-speed travel or use of the air conditioner or heater will cut that number to as little as 40 miles in the winter. On the other hand, in temperate weather and with gentle driving and making maximum use of the regenerative braking to recapture every possible watt-hour of energy, you can stretch the range somewhat beyond 62 miles.

The i-MiEV is quintessentially a city car, happiest at or below 40 mph. Around town, it’s torquey and just as quick off the line as most gasoline cars. Its tiny turning circle makes it supremely easy to maneuver through crowded city streets, and it’s almost as easy to park as the tiny Smart Electric Drive. If you have access to a charging station, it’s an urban combat vehicle.

At highway speeds, its small size and lack of power mean that it has very little reserve power, reducing its range. Top speed may be listed at 81 mph, but drivers will find it a struggle to get there and stay there. The car rides smoothly and the suspension is tuned for comfort.

Safety is not an i-MiEV strong point. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2014 i-MiEV four stars out of five for overall safety. In frontal crash and rollover safety, it got four stars, but only three stars for side impact safety.

Summary

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is well-engineered but has become long in the tooth as newer electric vehicles have been introduced. Drive more than 60 miles and you’ll be looking for someplace to plug in.

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