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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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Hatchback
4 Seats
112 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(4.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Surprising interior space
  • Flat cargo floor (seats folded)
  • Heated front seats standard
  • Quick-charge port standard
  • No tailpipe emissions

The Bad

  • No gasoline generator backup
  • Steering wheel doesn't adjust
  • Uninspired handling
  • Long charging time on a household outlet
2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Four-door four-seater
  • Battery-electric drivetrain
  • 120- or 240-volt charging
  • Up to $7,500 federal tax credit
  • EPA-rated range of 59 miles

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a budget-friendly electric four-door hatchback that seats up to four people. It starts around $24,000, including the destination charge, but that's before any available tax credits. The i-MiEV has a 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and an EPA-estimated range of 59 miles. Its primary competitor is the Nissan Leaf.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 66-horsepower electric motor
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • LED taillights
  • System emits a synthesized sound when the car is traveling at low speeds to alert pedestrians
  • Battery warming system for cold climates
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated front seats
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen and real-time traffic updates
  • LED cabin illumination
  • Rear parking sensors

 

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a budget-friendly electric four-door hatchback that seats up to four people. It starts around $24,000, including the destination charge, but that's before any available tax credits. The i-MiEV has a 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and an EPA-estimated range of 59 miles. Its primary competitor is the Nissan Leaf.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 66-horsepower electric motor
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • LED taillights
  • System emits a synthesized sound when the car is traveling at low speeds to alert pedestrians
  • Battery warming system for cold climates
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated front seats
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen and real-time traffic updates
  • LED cabin illumination
  • Rear parking sensors

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
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Value For The Money
(5.0)
(4.0)

Zippy RWD electric city car, good value

by KevInSac from Sacramento, CA on June 25, 2018

A worthwhile electric city car (considering you can buy the 2012 version used for ~$5k) Zippy rear-wheel drive performance with incredible turning radius Great visibility Surprisingly large on the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
3 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
3 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
2 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
2 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mitsubishi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    123-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The i-MiEV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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