Although buyers might find the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV to be priced temptingly low, it comes short on utility, long recharging times, and barely adequate highway performance. Its date of release isn’t released yet but sources privy to the developments point to September 2017.
There is so much to be loved inside the new 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV with its long list of standard features and soft-touch materials. And similar to its counterparts, it comes with a relatively quiet cabin but you might occasionally hear a distinct sound when the electric motor kicks in.
Once you are on the highway, though, there is a notable increase in tire and wind noise which might allow for easy conversation. But this is a vehicle that is primarily meant for short city commutes since you have a very high probability of getting charging stations unlike on the highways.
While its sticker price is apparently affordable in its class, the i-MiEV isn’t as practical as its rivals. Long charging times compounded by a limited driving range are often concerns buyers have before EV ownership, and the new Mitsubishi i-MiEV happens to fall short on both areas.
This tiny EV offers you just 62 miles of driving range, which is rather little relative to other EVs in the segment that offer well over 80 miles before finally running out of power. With the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, you’ll need to stay at least 22 hours as the outdated 3.3kW charges it. Rumors allege level two and three chargers will hasten the time taken to 7 hours.
You will find the skinny tires and its short wheelbase to quite practical when you want to fit it in very tight spaces. Otherwise, it isn’t that strong. With 14.7 seconds of 0-60n acceleration, this is the first automobile we’ve ever recorded so far and therefore you shouldn’t expect things to be peachy on the highway.
Once you reach “top” highway speeds, you’ll realize the ride to be quite rough and busy and comfort is at a premium. And adding insult to injury are the uninspiring materials present inside its cabin.
With its low price, several thousand dollars below most of its rivals, in fact, the new 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV offers all the appealing features of an all-electric vehicle without costing you as much. But depending on your priorities, you may be better off paying more to get the ownership experience you are looking for.
That said, you might want to check out some of its rivals in the market. Although marginally expensive than the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV offers twice as much 0-60 mph acceleration and additional 20 miles of range. But if you are looking for something more invigorating, you will be better off with either the 2017 Ford Focus Electric or the Nissan Leaf. They offer better electric range and charging times than any other EV.
Last, but certainly not least, is the 2017 Fiat 500e trim that offers a fun-to-drive nature and better interior appointments. Even though the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV offers pure cost savings, a majority of EV buyers will be looking for a vehicle that offers a practical day-to-day driving and plenty of standard equipment and features. Unfortunately, the i-MiEV falls short on almost every item mentioned.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Trims Available
The four-passenger 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is available in only a single ES trim level.
Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Standard equipment to look forward to include a 50/50-pslit folding rear seats, automatic headlights, 15-inch alloy wheels, auxiliary audio jack, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, air-conditioning, heated side mirrors, and full power accessories.
Standalone features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, automatic climate control, a remote system, a quick charging port, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, blue LED interior lighting, rear parking sensors, Fuse hands-free link, a navigation system, a rearview camera, and a cargo net.
2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Engine Specs
The redesigned 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is powered by a 49kW electric motor and a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack that together produce 66 hp and 145 lbs. ft. of torque.
According to EPA, 30kWh/100 miles is what it estimates the energy consumption of the i-MiEV to be. Its top speed is put at 81 mph.
Price & 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Release Date
Its release date should be expected in September 2017. As for its price, expect it at around $22,995.