2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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9 reviews
Available Price Range $5,416-$11,120 Trims2 Combined MPG 114 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Our Take

Based on a model that has been sold in Japan since 2009, the i-MiEV will be Mitsubishi's first battery-electric car in the U.S. starting in November 2011, beginning with launch markets in Cal... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • No gasoline generator backup
  • No cruise control
  • Steering wheel doesn't adjust
  • Uninspired handling
  • Lacks web/smartphone connectivity
  • Modest interior surfaces

Notable Features

  • Most affordable EV
  • Four-door four-seater
  • Battery-electric drivetrain
  • EPA-estimated 62-mile range
  • 120- or 240-volt charging
  • Up to $7,500 tax credit


Our Expert Reviews

With a more accommodating and versatile interior than its small size suggests, the 2012 Mitsubishi i makes plenty of sacrifices to arrive at its relatively low price.At a starting price of $29,125, the wee 2012 Mitsubishi electric car named "i" is (as of this writing) the most affordable full-use EV in the U.S. market, priced $6,075 below a base Nissan Leaf. Like the Leaf and the new 2012 Ford ... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

Based on 9 reviews

The EV is back and with a vengeance

by Niagara EV Driver from Niagara Region, NY on August 14, 2012

I have owned this car for six weeks and have enjoyed every minute of it. There is nothing like drivng an electric car, they are so smooth, quiet and comfortable. Not having to pay for gasoline or rout... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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