2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Hey! I'm Driving Here!
June 01, 2012
Since electric cars are oh-so stealthy, I found that it's important to have an authoritative horn in order to let unsuspecting pedestrians and distracted drivers know you're there when they clearly don't see/hear you. This is especially true while in our 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, whose miniature dimensions seem to render it invisible to L.A. drivers. Just coming in to the office today, I've had three separate incidents of people switching over into my lane while I'm still in it.
The drivers' reactions to the Mitsu's horn usually unfold in the following ways:
1) "Who's honking?"
2) Check their mirror.
3) Straddle the line to see if I'm serious.
4) Return to their lane reluctantly.
In addition to having a serious horn, I also have to give the MiEV props for its responsive brakes. Pfew!
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor