The 2012 Mitsubishi i (what it’s called here) is the most efficient DOT-legal vehicle for sale in the U.S. market, with an official MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating of 112.
The i’s driving range is shaping up to be about ten miles shorter than the Nissan Leaf—which is all the more impressive considering its 16 kWh battery capacity, versus the Leaf’s 24 kWh. Simply put, the Mitsubishi is even greener in this respect.
While the official EPA range for the i is 62 miles, Mitsubishi says that a real-world range of 85 to 89 miles is possible with gentle driving and light use of accessories. With very cautious driving and no accessory use, some MiEVs have seen just over 100 miles on a charge. Our editorial team will update this after our first longer-term loan of an i, but in a first drive we were on track for seeing about 75 miles from a charge, in somewhat gentle driving.