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2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Not So Bad on the Freeway

June 23, 2012

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There's no denying our Mitsubishi i MiEV is a city car at heart, but my plans changed earlier this week, and I had to hop on the freeway one morning to visit the county registrar office near LAX.

After my earlier commuting experience in the i MiEV, the one where I inadvertently tested its range, I related all that to a real live friend who actually owns his very own i MiEV (yes, bought it himself). "Aw, you must have been going 65," he said. "I go 55 and draft off trucks."

Well, this time, the pace on I-405 was only about 65, and things were only flowing around 55 in the slower lanes. I wasn't in a hurry so I stayed over there and was quite content keeping a safe distance (no drafting needed this time) behind other unhurried motorists while listening to NPR. On the trip back to the office, the pace was slower with lots of stopping and going -- which is exactly the kind of driving the i MiEV likes best.

Also, it turned out this stretch of freeway is amenable to the i's skinny tires and susension calibration, as the car rode just fine, smoothly even, and didn't beat me up. If only I could get a little more seat-track travel (I have a different problem than Mark -- the steering wheel is OK where it is, but my legs are all folded up), I'd probably want to drive it more often.

Aside, the county registrar is a little too close for comfort to Randy's Donuts, and the donuts and coffee are just too affordably priced.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 1,234 miles

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