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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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By i heart mi MiEV
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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Hatchback ES 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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What do you want an electric car to do? Better question--what do you want YOUR electric car to do? Zip around and make you look cool? There's a Tesla for that. Practical wagon / hatchback that you can use for slightly longer range trips? VW e-Golf, Nissan Leaf, or Kia Soul EV. Small, practical, extremely economical run-around car for errands with the kids and groceries that's also pretty fun to drive? This Mitsubishi i MiEV, Spark EV, and Fiat 500e. For a cost-effective answer in this last category, I don't think you can beat the i MiEV, depending on the price you can pick one up for. A few weeks ago, we bought a '16 after trying and crunching numbers on several of the other cars listed above. Was it the best? Depends. Was it the most acceleration and range and best handling? Clearly not. Was it the most economical EV option we could find? Definitely. We got ours for what we think was a screaming deal (especially including the up-to-$7500 tax credit: check your own tax situation before you assume a $7500 rebate on the price of the car...) and it fits precisely what we need / want it for. We have an amazing charging network around us and, yes, we wish our iMiEV would go farther and charge faster, but we weren't even considering roughly double the net price (after the tax rebate) for things that for us are pretty marginal considerations. I'm risk tolerant and have already pushed the limits of range and proximity to a charging network when I've traveled solo (without family). If you're using this to bop around town or for a reasonable-length daily commute as a second "utility" family car, I simply don't think you can beat the economics of the i MiEV it if you get it at the right price. Charing overnight at home via the included charger isn't elegant, but it works fine and this car isn't really about elegant. The included CHAdeMO fast charger is a boon for the unlikely / rare occasions when you'll want to go beyond its range (for me, driving it back home from the dealer many times farther away than the car's range--adventure!). For what *we* need it for, the reduced range affects us not at all. Although it's pretty darn fun to drive, it's not a Tesla roadster or even anything that imitates a sportscar. It's not meant for a cross-country road trip (though as I've mentioned, I've already dabbled a little in that) as it's pretty obviously only a second car unless you live in an urban area and don't intend to venture far from it with the iMiEV. If it's about $/kWh and the associated $/electrical mile traveled (including cost of vehicle...), this would seem to win hands down. If you want a sporty car that makes heads turn and goes 200+ miles on a charge, get a Tesla...or wait and pay whatever they're going to fetch for the upcoming 200-ish mile range cars (range ~= battery capacity ~= cost...), but that's the tradeoff--it's unlikely there's going to be a free lunch (i.e. a 200-mile range car priced similarly to a current 80-mile range car). The i MiEV is shockingly cheap to own and operate (again, depending on the net price you pay). Pun intended. $xx,xxx cost - up to $7,500 in federal tax credit - possibly $y,yyyy in state tax rebate = $z,zzz. What, really? A new EV car for a net of $z,zzz? I'll take one, please...


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1 month into owning a 2016 iMiEV
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By Barry L
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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Hatchback ES 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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Driving a Toyota Yaris before this, iMiEV is also a basic modest vehicle, what we're used to. Good for local travel, not distance. Actual range on local roads is about 80-85 miles, and the range-remaining gauge seems accurate. Highway mileage is about 64 miles. I have not driven it into low-battery "turtle mode." Highways feel fine at 65 mph. Handles nicely, a bit like a go-cart. Pickup! Hit that pedal, and immediate Zoom. EV's have no transmission, motor is directly coupled to wheels, and you can feel the difference. The car is QUIET. Unlike gas engines, which are powered by internal explosions, electric motors just hum. We charge it overnight at 120VAC household, 12A, using the charger that came with it. Biggest negative is the poor safety rating of the rear seats. Yes, looks a bit different. If people look at it and think, "oh there's another electric car", so much the better as far as raising general awareness. The short of it is, we love it. As far as reliability, too soon to tell. Don't forget there's a $7500 federal tax credit (assuming you have taxes to at least that amount.) There was a $2500 Massachusetts credit also. Brand new electric car for $15K. Beat that!


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