September 27, 2012
Have you ever gone to the market with a modest shopping list and come out with bags and bags of stuff? I do that all the time and usually don't think anything of it. Until I came out to the parking lot and remembered I was driving a tiny electric car.
But unlike the Mini E experiment, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV actually has quite a bit of cargo capacity. With the second row in place, there is room for four or five supermarket shopping bags. Drop the second row and you get more than 50 cubic feet.
I was too lazy to remove the headrests so that the second row would have room to lie flat. So I put my extra bags on the back seat. Worked perfectly.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
June 21, 2012
I'm moving to a new place very soon (and solely for the purposes of having more to blog about), so I've been scavenging boxes wherever I can find them. Yesterday, this 40-inch-long box turned up at the office and I had to have it. Then, I remembered I had our long-term 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV for the night, and that gave me pause. But it turns out the i MiEV is as useful as any other small hatchback, so long as you're fine with its somewhat higher floor.
It has 50/50-split rear seats, and they go nice and flat. Now you can see here that the head restraints are pressed up into the front seat-backs. I didn't remove them, so I did end up having to skooch the front seats up a bit to drop the rear seats (and then move the front seats back into position).
However, if you are less lazy than I (and who isn't, really...), the rear head restraints are easy to remove (I realized this later), and as you can see, if the head restraints were removed, there would be no clearance issue and the rear seats would fold no matter how you had the front seats adjusted.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 1,230 miles