2012 Mitsubishi i-Miev: Natural Habitat
May 25, 2012
This is why, even though our Mustang GT was available -- and this from a guy whose personal car is a Mustang Cobra -- I took the electric Mitsu home last night. The reality is that this is what driving in L.A. is like pretty much five out of seven days, and 412 horsepower isn't going to get you home any quicker. Taking anywhere from 35-50" to go six miles (and that's by avoiding the 10 trapped-way) is annoying enough; sitting there wasting a finite resource and adding to the air pollution here just makes it worse.
We've already bashed the i-Miev for its clown car looks and too-high price. But speaking in terms of just driving an electric car, it's fine. Step-off (acceleration from a stop) is smooth and makes more sense for driving in heavy traffic than say the neck-snapping (but admittedly fun) nature of the Mini E we had some time ago. Of course it's quiet, the ride over crappy city streets is decent and the seats are comfortable enough, even if they look like they came out of a Yugo.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 1,085 miles