2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV  -  $23,845

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $23,845
Base Invoice: $23,350
Destination Charge: $850
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr HB ES
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: | Hwy:
Body Style: 4dr HB ES
Transmission: Transmission: Single Speed Fixed Reduction Gear
Engine: Engine Immobilizer


All-electric powertrain; enough range for most commuters; seating for four; available quick-charging system; incredible maneuverability; simple and intuitive to drive; affordable

Model Highlights

The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an all-electric micro-car, based on a Japanese-market gasoline-powered version. The rear-drive i-MiEV is powered by a 49-kW (66-horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor, which draws from an 88-cell, 330V lithium-ion battery pack. The unit produces 145 foot-pounds of instant torque and is mated to a single-speed reduction-gear transmission. It is capable of going 62 miles or more on a charge, with a top speed of 80 mph.

The 5-passenger i-MiEV can be recharged in one of three ways: A standard household (110V) socket takes about 22 hours for a full charge; a 220V Level-2 charging system replenishes the car in 7 hours; or a Level-3 quick-charging CHAdeMO DC station provides an 80% full charge in just 30 minutes.

The batteries are housed in a waterproof stainless-steel safety cell below the passenger-compartment floor, and if they become too warm, cooled air from the ventilation system is circulated to the pack. During normal driving, regenerative braking helps recover some energy during coasting or braking. The i-MiEV comes three drive settings: "D" position generates 100% torque and allows for maximum performance; "ECO" position maximizes energy usage by reducing power output and battery consumption; while "B" position increases regenerative brake bias to augment energy recycling, while still offering 100% torque.

While the little Mitsubishi is designed to be an urban vehicle, it's not completely out of place on the highway. The car has what are pretty typical small-car components for steering and suspension -- a front strut setup and deDion 3-link configuration in the rear. Staggered tires -- wider in back than in front -- help keep this rear-wheel-drive vehicle stable and secure.

The i-MiEV is just 145 inches long, yet it can accommodate four adults if needed, thanks to the relatively high roofline and short overhangs that help maximize passenger space within the small overall footprint. And thanks to a wheelbase of 100.4 inches -- relatively long for such a short vehicle -- the Mitsubishi i-MiEV rides smoothly, without bobbing fore and aft as some microcars tend to do. Also, the interior is surprisingly quiet most of the time, with the near-silent electric powertrain never obtrusive.

For 2014, the i-MiEV is offered in ES trim. This includes many standard features that were previously optional on the 2012 model. The car offers alloy wheels, fog lights, heated front seats and side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a quick-charge DC port, air conditioning, a 4-speaker, 100-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback, a remote system to pre-activate the air-conditioning, heater and timed battery charging, 50/50 split-fold rear seats, and more. Optional extras include an LED Interior Illumination Package, Rear Park Assist Package, a Cargo Package and body side moldings.

On the safety front, the i-MiEV includes front seat-mounted side airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain bags. Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are also included.

Model News

First introduced in 2012, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV took a year off and now returns for 2014. The biggest difference is that while the new car is virtually unchanged, it costs more than $6,000 less than the 2012 model. New standard features include aluminum wheels, fog lights, front heated seats and heated mirrors, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, a quick-charge port and a battery warmer.

Value Writeup

The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the lowest-priced, fully electric passenger car available to Americans, priced at just $23,845, which is $6,130 less than when the car last appeared on our shores in 2012. After a $7,500 federal tax credit, the price will be a quite-affordable $16,345. This is thousands less than the Chevrolet Spark and Nissan LEAF. At an EPA-rated 112 miles per gallon equivalent, it's one of the most energy-efficient cars on the market.

Although the i-MiEV is quite a bit smaller than the Nissan LEAF, it offers nearly as much passenger space, and for those who plan to stay in the city, it offers even better maneuverability and parking ease than the trend-setting Nissan.

Rear Wheel Drive

Engine Type

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
66 @ 3000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

EPA MPG Equivalent - City

EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy

EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined

Battery Range
155 mi

EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
84.7 ft³

Front Head Room
35.6 in

Front Leg Room
33.8 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.8 in

Front Hip Room
49.4 in

Second Head Room
34.3 in

Second Leg Room
30 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.8 in

Second Hip Room
47.8 in

100.4 in

Length, Overall
144.7 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
62.4 in

Height, Overall
63.6 in

Track Width, Front
55.9 in

Track Width, Rear
54.3 in

Min Ground Clearance
6.1 in

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
13.2 ft³

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
50.4 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2579 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 X 5.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 X 6.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
30.8 ft

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.1 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
8 in

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Rear Drum Diam x Width
8 in

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Hybrid/Electric Components Years

Hybrid/Electric Components Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
SEP 01, 2014


Potential Number of Units Affected

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 i-MiEV electric vehicles manufactured September 15, 2009, to March 25, 2014. Due to either software programming or corrosion caused by road salt, the brake vacuum pump may stop functioning.

If the brake vacuum pump stops functioning, the distance needed to stop the vehicle may be lengthened, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and depending on the affected vehicle, dealers will either reprogram the brake vacuum pump controller, replace the brake vacuum pump or do both, free of charge. The recall began on October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-007.

Dates of Manufacture
SEP 14, 2009 to MAR 24, 2014

Manufacturer Recall No.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Side Pole Rating Note
Due to the intrusion of the left rear door during the side impact test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing a high lower spine acceleration. High lower spine accelerations, in excess of 82 g's, indicate a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Motor: Electric AC Synchronous -inc: Permanent magnetic motor

Transmission: Single Speed Fixed Reduction Gear

Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode

Rear-Wheel Drive

7.07 Axle Ratio

80-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection

3329# Gvwr

Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers

Front Anti-Roll Bar

Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering

Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs

Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs

Regenerative Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist

Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/22 Hrs Charge Time @ 110/120V and 6 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V

Wheels: 15" Aluminum Alloy

Tires: P145/65R15 Fr & P175/60R15 Rr -inc: H-rated

Spare Tire Mobility Kit

Clearcoat Paint

Body-Colored Front Bumper

Body-Colored Rear Bumper

Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim

Body-Colored Door Handles

Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding

Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster

Light Tinted Glass

Variable Intermittent Wipers

Fully Galvanized Steel Panels

Liftgate Rear Cargo Access

Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks

Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps

Front Fog Lamps

LED Brakelights

Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio w/6 Speakers -inc: 100-watt, digital signal processor, speed compensated volume & equalization

Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Aux Audio Input Jack

Integrated Roof Antenna

Heated Front Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat (sliding, reclining & height adjustable) and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat

Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Traction Battery Temperature and Trip Odometer

Power Rear Windows

4 Person Seating Capacity

Leather Steering Wheel

Front Cupholder

Rear Cupholder

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button

Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Charge Port Door

Manual Air Conditioning

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts

Glove Box

Driver Foot Rest

Fabric Seat Trim

Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Interior Accents

Full Cloth Headliner

Leather Gear Shift Knob

Day-Night Rearview Mirror

Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors

Partial Floor Console, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet

Front Map Lights

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats

Carpet Floor Trim

Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit

Cargo Space Lights

Driver And Passenger Door Bins

Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down

Delayed Accessory Power

Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Digital Display

Seats w/Cloth Back Material

Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints

2 Seatback Storage Pockets

Perimeter Alarm

Engine Immobilizer

1 12V DC Power Outlet

Air Filtration

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

ABS And Driveline Traction Control

Side Impact Beams

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags

Low Tire Pressure Warning

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags

Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags

Airbag Occupancy Sensor

Rear Child Safety Locks

Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

















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