We Need to Talk: 2015 Mitsubishi iMiEV


After spending almost two weeks getting to know the 2015 Mitsubishi iMiEV inside and out, I feel like I’ve come to a place of understanding. Both of understanding the car’s limits, and of understanding what the car is all about. Here’s some “real talk”, then, about Mitsubishi’s battery-powered commuter car.


It’s Been Real

My first few encounters with the Mitsubishi iMiEV had me going back and forth between how much I wanted to like the little Mitsu and how much the car’s relatively short range stressed me out. To be fair, I never got stranded on the side of the road- but I had enough close calls that I built up a feeling of mild distrust of the range-o-meter. I say “distrust” because the range I was given was sometimes pessimistic, but other times slightly optimistic, too.

Be one, or be the other. Just don’t make things up as you go along, you know?

It’s that basic mistrust of the range-o-meter on the Mitsubishi iMiEV’s dash that ruined the car for me. Despite being relatively fun to drive and easy to spend time in, I found myself constantly looking at that one gauge, wondering when it was going to pull the plug on the good times. And, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good times to be had behind the new-for-2014 wheel of the Mitsubishi iMiEV- it’s just not the type of car that you can depend on, rain or shine, to get you where you need to go on a moment’s notice.


Final Thoughts

A few years ago, I found myself dating a woman who could ruin a day at a theme park. It’s not that she wasn’t a lovely person or that she wasn’t any fun- it’s that she was fun to a point. We’re all fun “to a point”, and we all reach that place where we’re too tired or too hungry to deal, but her point of “I’m done.” was always reached way before I reached mine. The same was true of me and the Mitsubishi iMiEV. More than once I wanted to head out to meet up with someone after work or on my lunch break, and more than once the Mitsubishi was simply done.

That said, there’s nothing for me to point as especially “bad” about the car. In fact, if someone was asking me about a budget EV for city driving in a generally temperate climate, I’d tell them to test drive an iMiEV for themselves. If they can get over the car’s limited range and glacial charging speeds, I honestly believe the 2015 Mitsubishi iMiEV could make them very happy. As for me, however, I just need a little more operating range.


Original content from Gas 2.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.