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4.75 out of 5 stars

The EV technology is ready

stan_cz, 08/21/2012
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
16 of 16 people found this review helpful

I have this car for a half year with 2800 miles on it and it became the primary car in our family. Our 2 kids love it, too. The car completely changed my way of thinking as EV owner and driver. Going to a gas station is now hassle to me. Range anxiety is non existent as I learned that I need to think just a little before going for a trip. If the expected distance is above 75-80 miles, I take our Jetta TDI, that simple. Very recently, I have taken my iMiEV for a long trip to test its range when driving up to 40 MPH w/o A/C. I was able to get 93.4 miles with 1 mile remaining. No need to reach for the hidden reserves. It is really fun to drive.

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4.88 out of 5 stars

FANTASTIC Car

stuartdanoff, 08/05/2012
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful

This car is just GREAT. I wanted a "town" car because I don't drive more than @ 65 miles at a time. This is the car. First day was a scorcher (94 degrees) I put on the AC full blast and drove just about 65 miles in total comfort. Smooth ride. Perky pick up, adequate radio and roomy front seat...I am 5 foot 11. Then I returned home, plugged it in to my 240v charger, had lunch, read the mail and drove out again on the partial charge. NO GAS !!!!!! I am very satisfied. Love this car.

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4 out of 5 stars

Not the only one in town anymore

mitsulover, 08/17/2014
updated 10/01/2019
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful

Lack of back seat leg room and basic seat design meant I could only give the car a "3" for comfort (but it's not advertised as a family hauler anyway). I already had two Mitsus, so, I had to pick the I-MiEV over the Leaf. But if you have a family of 4, buy the Leaf. As with my other Mitsus, the Japanese built or designed models (think Lancer vs. Galant) seem to have a better build quality and design (this one has the "J" VIN). Like my Buell, this thing is still rare enough to get lots of people coming by with questions, so be prepared. At $0.15 per KWhr, I pay a little over $3 for a full (22 hrs @ 110V) charge which gives me a little over 60-miles on the freeway or 80+ in the city. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2017 update: got rear-ended by a Chinese student on a Visa driving a Maserati (and yep, had no insurance-forgot to ask mom and dad for insurance?), anyway, big heavy car just flicked the lil' Mitsu forward 20 or so feet. Bent two brackets holding the bumper on and my bumper inherited a couple of dimples from his bumper, but otherwise I had to give it a high marks for safety. Instead of 60 miles between charges, getting around 57 or 58 (ya, I notice because I drive pretty much the exact same route everyday-this is my work car). I guess the battery has dropped-off a little. Wow, didn't realize the resale value for electric cars was so bad. Noticing 2 or 3 year old Leafs, 500's, MiEVSs, etc. selling for less than half of MSRP. Not sure same is true for Teslas, but, if you are going to get an electric car, you would be crazy to buy one new. Still liking it. Spunky torque off the line, skinny enough to fit in any spot and not get door dings. After an ordeal to get my front windshield replaced, I discovered that these cars are still really rare and if something needs to be replaced, it is a special order and a couple of weeks wait for just about any part. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2019 update. Well, this may be the end of the line for my 7 year old miev. At 45,000, I don't think it was use that killed the battery pack, but just age (total range now 37 miles if I take city streets, a little over 20 on the freeway). If I can't get the dealership to give my a new or refurbished battery pack under the existing warranty, it will not be worth the 10K to buy a new one. California is all about getting you into an electric car, but, they seem to have no problem with sending them to the landfill after 7 or 8 years since no one (maybe Tesla owners excluded) is going to pay 2X what their 500, Leaf, or I-car is worth to buy a new battery pack. I have been looking a the Eclipse Cross....

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

I'm in LOVE!

believe, 08/06/2013
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
18 of 19 people found this review helpful

I can hardly believe how well this vehicle handles! My wife and I made the purchase in Virginia and drove it to Eastern Pennsylvania (our home). We drove through some wicked storms and a ton of traffic around DC and Baltimore and all I can say is this car is a dream to drive. We were able to stop at dealers (Nissan) for FREE charges on the way home. Our cost $0!! 169 miles for free!!! I'll be using it for work and our average cost will be around $2.51 per 100 miles or $12.55 for 500 miles of driving. You can't beat that! If I fill it up over night, the cost goes even lower.

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5 out of 5 stars

1500 Kilometers and loving every minute of it

mlucas1, 08/14/2012
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
15 of 16 people found this review helpful

I have had this car over six weeks now and use it for my daily commute of 45 kilometers (27 miles) each way, putting on sometimes well over 100 kilometers with a few bars in the power gauge to spare. This car is very comfortable and has all the features of a modern vehicle. Don't believe the spin that this car is lacking in anything, this car is truly reaching greater masses as the affordable alternative to the high priced electric cars now being offered by other manufacturers. This car is well designed and has plenty of power with a lot of range. This is the one that scares the oil companies and the car repair shops.

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