2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style

Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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62 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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7 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger.

30 mins.
DC fast charging DC fast charging

DC fast charging is the fastest way to charge and only available at pay-for-use public charging stations, though some EVs come with complimentary charging for a limited time. Real-world DC fast charging times can vary greatly, even on the same vehicle, because of this type of charging’s sensitivities to ambient and battery conditions.

16 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle.


Seating capacity

144.7” x 63.6”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Surprising interior space
  • Easy to park
  • 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

1 trim

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • ES


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Our 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Touch-screen navigation system now available
  • Four-door four-seater
  • Battery-electric drivetrain
  • 120- or 240-volt charging
  • Up to $7,500 federal tax credit

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The battery-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV four-door hatchback seats up to four people. It has a 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, and its primary competitor is the Nissan Leaf.
New for 2016
A 7-inch touch-screen navigation system with real-time traffic information is now available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 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 real-time traffic
  • LED cabin illumination
  • Rear parking sensors

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


The perfect city car

Before this car I had 2 current generation Mirages. I could easily get 40-50, 60 mpg if I tried. They were extremely economical cars. That being said, I have noticed a significant savings with the iMiEV. 90% of the time I charge it at home with the standard charger and I have not noticed a difference in my electric bill. I also drive a lot more than most people who own these cars (15k mi/yr). It is literally the most perfect city car, with it's compact size, excellent visibility, and it has a surprising amount of pep for a 66 hp car. This car is designed for city driving and in heavy stop and go traffic you can drive all day long (not really of course lol) while not adding pollutants to the air. It was not designed for much highway use and therefore is horrid for highway driving. The range plummets. Don't plan on trips of more than 30 mi for winter highway driving with the heater on. There is no cruise control and it is not at all smooth and shakes at speeds north of about 60mph. Again, it is a city car, so I am not at all complaining. The interior is simply amazing as far as passenger room and cargo room. It feels like a minivan, although significantly narrower. I love how simple it is and doesn't have a sea of buttons like most newer cars do. With the rear seats folded it is like a mini minivan. The cargo area is massive for such a small car and rivals a lot of small SUVs and crossovers. It is a flat area that does not dip down from the bumper and the wheels are below the cargo area, unlike the Leaf, which has a very choppy cargo area. Because it is a very tall car the cargo area has about a 36" height. I know this car gets a lot of hate for many reasons including the styling. It's different and personally I love it. I regularly meet people for my job and I tell them you can not miss my car, it will be the most unusual in the parking lot. If I could design a perfect car it would be this with about twice the range and cruise control, and push button start (I do miss that from the Mirage). Please make a 2nd generation iMiEV, Mitsubishi!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
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
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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