Mitsubishi i MiEV Reviews


My i MiEV test drive


Pros: Speed, electricity, tight handling

Cons: A/C kills range

I had the pleasure of test driving one of the road models of this car in LA during the auto show. It was surprisingly fast and handled very well. I guess the biggest mainstream criticisms are that it's small, expensive (about $40k), has a short range (80-100 miles), and is only available in Japan. Nevertheless, I found the ride appealing and I think it's a great car to be the first entry from a major manufacturer into this century's electric car game.You can read more of my review here:

No looking back


Pros: Don't care about the price of gas, quiet drive is quite relaxing, plenty of leg room for 6'3" owner

Cons: The driving range is a known limitation before purchasing, so it's not a true con in the sence on would be surprised by it.

My wife and I own four other cars and a motorcycle in addition to the i-MiEV.  I usually rotate cars in and out of storage so they all get driven during the year.  That may change now that we have this.  I plan on driving this all year round, including northern Illinois winters.  My drive to work is two miles so this car will easily handle over 90 percent of the driving I need to do.  And the other great benefit is the lower wear and tear on my other vehicles.  This car won't care that it's only driven two miles at a time.  There's no exhaust system to rust out or piston rings to subject to extra wear from starting a cold engine.