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2012 Mitsubishi i Review

When it was new, reviewers said a weak electric motor and meagerly-equipped interior limit the appeal of the all-electric 2012 Mitsubishi i.

Pros & Cons

  • Good cargo space for its size
  • Sparsely-equipped interior




Critics' Rating: 4.1
Performance: 4.4
Interior: 5.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 10.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Mitsubishi i Overview

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 i has a fairly minimalistic interior, with one reviewer mentioning that only the most necessary controls are present on the center stack, while another mentioned that it feels sparsely equipped. 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 scores, and reviewers said that its front seats provide good comfort and support.

Compare the i, Leaf and Prius C »

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