2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV vs. Its Competition

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

As the least expensive electric car sold in the U.S., the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV offers four seats, five doors, and an all-electric powertrain.

The Nissan Leaf is almsot $6,000 more, though it's a more capable commuting car at highway speeds and offers 75 miles of range against the i-MiEV's 62 miles.

There are also three small "compliance cars," limited-volume battery-electric cars sold only a few locations, that may be worth evaluating for buyers in California.

The Fiat 500e only has three doors, but its cheeky looks and fun-to-drive character--plus cheap monthly leases--recommend it.

The Honda Fit EV is a surprisingly good conversion of the well-respected subcompact hatchback, though it's only offered for lease, not purchase.

And finally, the Chevrolet Spark EV is closest in its small size to the i-MiEV, but far more powerful and with a more stylish interior and modern infotainment features.

Again, though, those last three cars are available only in California and a handful of other locations--so they're not viable choices for all buyers.

Finally, we doubt that anyone will seriously compare the i-MiEV to the very successful Tesla Model S battery-electric luxury sport sedan, which offers 208 or 265 miles of range at a price that can triple the i-MiEV's--or more.

They may share propulsion technology, but so do the gasoline Mitsubishi Mirage and Mercedes-Benz S 550 luxury sedan, and they don't get cross-shopped either.

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The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the least expensive electric car on the market, and it can carry four adults despite its tiny size and nimbleness around-town, though it's less good at highway speeds.
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The 2014 Nissan Leaf is the world's most popular battery electric car, and the greenest--but it can take time to get used to real-world ranges of 60 to 90 miles.
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Now in its third year, the 2014 Tesla Model S has no direct competitor. It remains the undisputed top choice in the growing world of plug-in electric cars, and there's a good case to be made that it's the most advanced car of any kind on the planet.
MSRP From   
$22,995$28,980$25,000$69,900
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ElectricElectricElectricElectric
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Subcompact CarsMid-Size CarsTwo-SeatersLarge Cars
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4-Door HB ES4-Door HB S2-Door Coupe Passion4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery
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Passenger Capacity   
4525
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N/AN/AN/AN/A
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HatchbackHatchbackCoupeSedan
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AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic