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Used Car: 2012 Mitsubishi i Review

Review Last Updated: 1/17/14

A weak electric motor, poor safety score and meagerly-equipped interior limit the appeal of the all-electric 2012 Mitsubishi i.

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Reviewers gave the Mitsubishi i lackluster reviews for its performance. Although one reviewer said that the 2012 Mitsubishi i handles better than expected, thanks to its rear-wheel drive design and low center of gravity, other test drivers noted that the i accelerates fairly slowly. The 2012 Mitsubishi i is rated at 126/99 mpg-equivalent and has a maximum driving range of 62 miles per fully-charged battery. By comparison, the 2012 Nissan Leaf achieves a slightly lower mpg-equivalent estimate, but has a greater driving range of 73 miles per charge. The Mitsubishi i also has a low safety score for the class.

The i has a fairly minimalistic interior, with one reviewer mentioning that only necessary controls are present on the center stack, while another noted that it feels “stripped and bare.” It seats up to four and comes standard with few notable standard features. Reviewers were generally impressed with the spacious cabin and generous headroom, though the seats received mixed reviews, as one critic had difficulty finding a comfortable driving position. Available features include an eight-speaker stereo, a backup camera, Mitsubishi’s FUSE infotainment system, a USB port and navigation, as well as upgraded seat upholstery. One reviewer said the Mitsubishi i’s cargo area is generously sized, and the i offers up to 50.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats folded, which is pretty good for a small car.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Nissan Leaf has about 11 more miles of driving range on a fully-charged battery. The Leaf also has a better array of standard and available features, and reviewers said it offers good driving dynamics and a relatively peppy electric motor.

The 2012 Toyota Prius c isn’t an all-electric car, but its fuel economy rating of 53/46 mpg city/highway is very good for the class. The Prius c also has strong safety and reliability scores, and reviewers said that its front seats provide good comfort and support.

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