2016 i-MiEV New Car Test Drive
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the least-expensive all-electric car sold in the U.S. Small, nimble and easy to park, it's a good electric car for running around town.
The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV has a range of 62 miles, according to the EPA, which gives it an efficiency rating of 112 MPGe Combined, whatever that means. A $7,500 federal tax credit is reportedly available, and some states and localities offer tax incentives for buying an electric car.
Mitsubishi's electric car seats four, and with its roomy interior it's convenient for errands in the suburbs, and it's great for parking in the big city. It is not suited to fast freeways and long distances, however, due to its short range, its lack of efficiency at high speeds, and its diminutive size.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV sold as a 2012, a 2014, and now a 2016 model, skipping the odd model years. The 2016 i-MiEV is pretty much the same car as the 2012 version launched in the U.S. Introduced prior to that in Japan, i-MiEV was the first modern electric car, small and simple. Electric cars introduced since then are more versatile and practical.
The 2016 i-MiEV ES ($22,995) is the only model. The navigation package includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, 3D mapping, real-time traffic data, Bluetooth hands-free phone pairing, a USB port, and a rearview camera.