Mitsubishi i-MiEV Reliability

Mitsubishi Motors is a well-known Japanese car company that has been around for many years and it is famous for its cheap price. The i-MiEV is a fully electric hatchback by Mitsubishi. The small body of the car is very appealing to the customer even after the discontinuation of the car.


The i-MiEV was first introduced in 2011 in the US and was officially discontinued in 2017. The car has a 16 kWh battery pack which supports the car on up to 62 miles estimated. The car is still a cheaper option to buy as an EV.


Reliability in a car is one of the most important factors before buying a car. Mitsubishi has been famous for its cheap prices, but the quality of parts has never been the best. The cars had issues with their cheap engines burning oil and getting useless even before 100,000 miles. The i-MiEV has been a pretty reliable option for a cheap EV.


Safety measures in a car are the most important factor to judge the reliability of a car. Mitsubishi cars often test their safety through crash tests held by IIHS and NHTSA. The i-MiEV was not crash-tested in the US, but it has achieved a great rating in the EuroNCAP.

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Depreciation rate

The depreciation rate is also pretty vital to judging the reliability of a car. Mitsubishi, being a Japanese brand holds its value very well and it depreciates on average of 40% after 5 years, which is great in terms of cars.

Maintenance and repairing

Maintenance and repairing costs are the biggest deal-breaker in buying a car. Mitsubishi cars, however, being a Japanese brand costs less as compared to many other cars. The average maintenance cost of Mitsubishi cars is around $300. The i-MiEV costs around $500 yearly for all of its maintenance, but it is mainly dependent on the car’s mileage.


Is Mitsubishi i-MiEV a Front-Wheel-Drive, Rear-Wheel-Drive or All-Wheel-Drive car?    

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a Rear Wheel Drive car.    

How many seats are in the Mitsubishi i-MiEV?    

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a car with 4 seats. The EPA Classification for this car is: Subcompact Cars    

What is the horsepower in a Mitsubishi i-MiEV and does it have a turbo?    

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has 66  horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The engine is a Electric.

How much ground clearance does the Mitsubishi i-MiEV have?    

6.1 inches ( 15,49 cm )    

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What type of wheels does it have?    

Mitsubishi i-MiEV has 15 X 5.5 inch Aluminum Front Wheels and 15 X 6.5 inch Aluminum Rear Wheels.

What is the range of a 2012 Mitsubishi I-MiEV?

The i-MiEV’s electric motor is a 66-hp and 145-lb-ft unit that is fed by a 16kW-hr battery pack. Although the EPA rates range at 62 miles (though a full charge often shows more), it is usually longer than that indicated by the range estimator.

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