2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Singled Out
May 09, 2012
The i-Miev comes with a heated seat. As in one, singular (the driver's) seat. As Caroline noted, it is best to use this rather than the climate control's heater as the latter, with its fan and heating element, seriously drops range. But the lone bun warmer isn't going to win over anyone riding shotgun on a cold day. Nor anybody cross-shopping the Mitsu with the Nissan Leaf.
You see, the Leaf comes standard with front and rear (4) heated seats. And although the base i-Miev is about 6 grand less than a base Leaf, one must opt for a loaded SE like ours to (almost) get all the features that come standard on a base Leaf. At that point both vehicles are priced similarly (about $35k).
Furthermore, the nearly hidden location of the seat heater switch (in front of the driver's knee) is odd; why not put it within easier reach on the center stack? Perhaps Mitsubishi was too embarrassed as that would make it obvious that everyone but the driver got left out in the cold.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 897 miles.