The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car has four seats, five doors, and the lowest price tag (about $23,000 before incentives) of any plug-in car sold in the U.S.
It probably competes most directly with the Smart ForTwo Electric, which has only two seats, more power, a longer range, and a price tag $2,000 higher.
The Nissan Leaf is the de facto electric car; the larger Leaf costs about $6,000 more than the little Mitsubishi, but has five seats, more cargo capacity, better performance, and a longer rated range (84 miles vs the i-MiEV's 62 miles).
The Leaf is also far more capable at highway speeds, with a more powerful motor and a larger battery pack.
Then there's the high-tech BMW i3, with unusual looks, a body shell built of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic riding on an aluminum chassis, and the highest efficiency rating of any vehicle on the market.
But it starts above $40,000, with an extra charge for its optional range-extending small engine.
Finally, two small "compliance cars" are viable competitors, but only for buyers in California: They are the Fiat 500e, which only has three doors, but offers cheeky looks and fun-to-drive character.
The Chevrolet Spark EV is closest in its small size to the i-MiEV, but far more powerful; it also has a more stylish interior and modern infotainment features.
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