Mitsubishi i-MiEV All-Electric Mini Car (2014 Model Review)

Written By: EightySix

2014 Mitsubishi i-miev All-electric

The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is still the same quirky snub-nosed lunchbox it was in 2012 when the model was last updated. A few details have changed. The most important one is the price. Mitsubishi chopped over $6000 off the sticker to undercut the Smart FourTwo Electric Drive. The i-MiEV now sells for just under $23,000 before subtracting chunky national and state tax credits.

So what's it like owning the world's cheapest all-electric car? With a thirteen second 0-60, it's not a roller coaster. With a range of only 62 miles, you won't be roaming far. Like all single-speed electric cars, it does have respectable torque off the line, but with only 66 horsepower it dogs seriously over fifty miles per hour.

This car isn't for everyone, but it's good at what it does. If you don't expect it to take you down the highway for the weekend, you won't be disappointed. It's well suited to be a fleet car or a city delivery vehicle. A company should be happy to have a small herd of these supported by a network of charging stations. It is an affordable, clean, economical tool for a job.


What's New for 2014?

In addition to chopping the price, Mitsubishi added more standard features to the newest model. The CHAdeMO DC quick charge port is now standard, so it can use the same stations as the Nissan Leaf. A lamp has been added to the port to make nighttime charging easier. Heated seats and side view mirrors are included with no extra charge. It now sits on a slicker set of aluminum wheels. The interior is classier throughout, making it look less like a cheap base model.

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV All-Electric Mini Car


How Efficient is it?

The miles per gallon equivalent (equating 121.32 megajoules or 33.7 kilowatt hours to a gallon of gas) for the i-MiEV compares closely to its competition. According to fueleconomy.gov, it scores a highway and city combined 112 MPGe rating. The 2014 Nissan Leaf got a 114, the Honda Fit got a 118 and the Chevrolet Spark got a 119. Only the BMW I3 earned a notably better 124. The Smart FourTwo received a 107.

Considering the Mitsubishi is the cheapest car on that list and nearly half the cost of the BMW, it carries a very low cost of ownership. If you usually drive fewer than 50 miles a day, aren't often on the freeway, can charge the car without trouble and have an alternative means of taking long trips, an i-MiEV could be a happy part of your transportation family.


What's the i-MiEV's Future?

Sales have not been strong with this vehicle. The car sold hardly 200 models in the US in 2014. Apparently, consumers just aren't feeling the weird styling and are unable to work the short range into their lifestyles. America was built on muscle cars and is adapting slowly.

Rumor has it the car won't survive to see the 2016 model year. Mitsubishi has some bold concepts in the works and may move in a more thrilling direction.


What do owners love about the i-MiEV?

  • freedom from gas

  • nimble steering

  • quiet ride

  • new standard features

  • faster CHAdeMO port


What do owners dislike about the i-MiEV?

  • range anxiety

  • rattle-trap feel

  • no highway power

  • 2014 brake vacuum pump recall

  • getting funny looks