Great little car for the $$ - widely misunderstood
I've had it with 'experts' car reviews which compare all cars equally. This is especially misplaced when reviewing a 'limited purpose' vehicle such as the i-miev. The i-miev is a super cute, super cheap to buy AND run and very fun to drive vehicle. It is reasonably safe and comfortable, and extremely reliable with very little maintenance requirements. What it is not is something that can be used for a road trip or driven in snow, and it is certainly not a luxury car. Those of you old enough might compare it to the VW beetle. It's great as a 2nd car for suburbanites shuttling kids within a 10 mile radius to school and activities, or a station car, or for a college kid to have - with their parents knowing they cannot go on a road trip! For us in suburbia, we juice it up at home and use it for about 70% of our driving. It feels great to not burn gas, too - in addition to the enviro, benefits, consider that the U.S. does not import any fuel to make electricity, but imports more than half the fuel to make gasoline and diesel.
Hidden Gem of an electric car
"i didn't know Mitsubishi made an electric car" is the comment I hear most when showing this car to people. If you're looking for a fun driving, dependable in town vehicle, test drive this car. I have "owned" my car since February 2013. It's a 2012, ES model. Mitsubishi significantly reduced the price of the 2014 compared to the 2012. A 2013 model was not produced for the United States market. The battery pack, motor and controller are all the same from 2012 to 2014. The body is also exactly the same. The 2014 ES model includes many of the features that were additional price options on the 2012 ES or the higher priced SE model. For example, the DC/DC quick charger is now included with the base price. The 2014 comes with a dual amperage, EVSE. This is the electric cord used to charge the car. It plugs into a standard 120 volt outlet and can charge the car at either 8 or 12 amps. Many electric car owners also install a 240 volt (level2) EVSE at their house. Over the past 12000 miles the only service I have done with the car is putting air in the tires and water in the windshield washer dispenser. With the battery pack sitting under the passenger compartment, the low center of gravity makes driving this car feel like a sports car. The car seats four adults and has additional storage behind the rear seats. My car is on a two year lease that expires in February, 2015.