The 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the least expensive electric car sold in the U.S., at about $23,000 before incentives.
Its most direct competitor may be the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, which will be replaced by a brand-new model for 2017 that we haven't reviewed yet.
Even the carryover Smart has more power and a longer range, though it will only carry two adults to the i-MiEV's four, at just $2,000 more.
For buyers in California, the three-door Fiat 500e compliance car offers cheeky looks and fun-to-drive character, and good lease deals are available.
Moving up in size, the Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-selling electric car in the world.
It got a range boost to 107 miles for 2016 (against the i-MiEV's 62 miles), and will likely carry over unchanged to 2017.
It's pricier, but larger, faster, and offers far more features.
The high-tech BMW i3 offers the highest efficiency rating of any vehicle on the market, but starts at more than $40,000—justifying a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body shell on an aluminum chassis.
But the most powerful competitor will be the Chevrolet Bolt EV, on sale early in 2017, which will offer a range of 200 miles or more in a subcompact-sized car with the interior volume of a mid-size sedan.
Its price is roughly $15,000 more than the i-MiEV, but it's a fully modern electric car with surprising space inside, the latest in safety, electronic and comfort features, and a large enough battery to dispense with range anxiety.
It simply highlights how outmoded the i-MiEV's 10-year-old design and powertrain are today.
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