Mitsubishi i Test Drive Review

Mitsubishi i Test Drive Review

Posted 07.25.2012 in Articles by Dan

The Mitsubishi i, formally the iMiev, is the only available EV available from Mitsubishi and is a pure electric four-door compact. For our test drive of the Mitsubishi i we were able to take out a 2012 standard model for an extensive test drive, hitting the highway and some city traffic to truly test out what the vehicle offers.

The Mitsubishi i does fit four decent-sized grown-ups, but shoulder room is very tight. The Mitsubishi i's performance will also have to work to dispel some of those myths. The electric version replaces the “i” engine, transmission, and fuel tank with a 16-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack, a 47-kilowatt motor producing 133 foot-pounds of torque, an inverter, and the car’s power electronics.

The Mitsubishi i is among the highest rated cars by the EPA, with an efficiency at 112 MPGe, but the incremental edge on efficiency doesn’t mean much if you don’t feel comfortable or safe, or if range and performance are weak.

In our test drive, carrying four adults, the car was a bit tentative off the line when the light changed. But it kept up with traffic, and like any EV, power delivery was smooth and linear. The tiny car rode well. With a very short turning circle and a center of gravity lower than a gas equivalent, the Mitsubishi i handled perfectly for quick urban cut-and-thrust driving.

Mitsubishi i is an unexceptional drive. Its 0 to 60 acceleration takes 13.0 seconds and is noticeably slow. The electric power steering, reportedly tuned by Lancer Evolution engineers, did have a lively response. The i is relatively light, 2552 pounds, but stops from 70 mph in an unremarkable 183 feet, thanks in large part to its low-rolling-resistance tires.

One noticeable aspect of the test drive experience however, was how unfamiliar the sales people were with the Mitsubishi i. They weren't positive on basic aspects of the car, including charging ports and charging times, the available features on the different models, and the battery specifics such as cooling and lifetime expectancy.

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