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2012 Mitsubishi i Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Mitsubishi i was new.


Interior: 5.2

Reviewers think the Mitsubishi i’s cabin is surprisingly spacious, considering it’s such a small car, but they really dislike that the cabin is equipped with so few features. Fewer amenities decrease weight, which increases range, but in this day and age, test drivers know shoppers want more tech.

  • "Inside, the Mitsubishi feels stripped and bare." -- Motor Trend   
  • "Roomy. Relative, of course, to overall size. Four fit comfortably in our time with the car." -- USA Today
  • "On the inside, they look the same. The materials are of decent quality but won’t win any awards." -- Cars.com 
  • "Be forewarned: The super compact i is in no way a luxurious vehicle. Mitsubishi's main priority was to be the most affordable electric car in the United States marketplace; the result of their efforts is a price that undercuts the Nissan Leaf by more than $5000 with superior efficiency, albeit with a Spartan interior." -- TrueCar


The i is small, but reviewers think tall adults can sit comfortably in the back seat, though some drivers may have a hard time getting comfortable because the floor is higher than in most small cars. One thing that is missing is a center armrest.

The Mitsubishi i seats four people.

  • "Elbow room is adequate for both driver and passenger in the front seats, and while the lack of a center armrest is a bit of an annoyance, it also means no one has to fight over it. Though the driver's seat is plenty adjustable, it was difficult to find a comfortable position. Perhaps that was because of the unusual height of the floor - likely due to the battery pack housed underneath. Whatever it was, my legs were always bent at an awkward angle." -- Motor Trend
  • "There are some similarities with the original i and i-MiEV models. For instance, the interior is much bigger than you expect it to be, and tall passengers will fit comfortably in front or back." -- Autoblog 

Interior Features

Several reviewers say that the interior of the Mitsubishi i is bland and skimpy. The controls are straightforward, but compared with the Nissan Leaf and even hybrids like the Kia Optima Hybrid, the Mitsubishi i doesn’t provide as much detailed eco-driving information as its green-car competitors. Also, the Mitsubishi i cannot be equipped with features like a sunroof – Mitsubishi omitted it to make the i as lightweight as possible – but navigation and a rearview camera are optional, as are Bluetooth and a USB port.

Standard on the Mitsubishi i is a four-speaker stereo, remote keyless entry and power windows and door locks, which is a short list of features for most new cars.

  • "A simplified instrument cluster and center console present the driver with the bare minimum of controls. A digital display at the center of the gauges does a good enough job of relaying the car's speed, and the battery life meter looks much more like a conventional fuel gauge than the one in the Nissan Leaf, referred to by some as the ‘guessometer.’" -- Motor Trend
  • "One area where Mitsubishi has skimped on details - we could be generous by saying the beancounters and engineers have kept the car's simplicity ethos intact - is on the information-sparse dashboard. All you see is a battery state-of-charge meter, a gear indicator, the speedometer, the eco/regen indicator and the odometer. Serious EV fans will want to know more." -- Autoblog
  • "Driver controls are all straight forward. There's no flashy wizardry. Everything works as intended, however the LCD instrumentation sometimes washes out in direct sunlight." -- Left Lane News 


The Mitsubishi i has a good amount of cargo space, considering it is small and carries a battery. With the rear seats in use, there is 13.2 cubic feet of space, which is comparable with the trunks of many affordable small cars, and with the rear seats folded, cargo space increases to 50.4 cubic feet.

  • "The cargo space is also generous, especially considering the backseat room, and there is a 50/50-split folding rear seat." -- Cars.com

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