It's hard to believe that is this crazy car-buying market this model hasn't broken 100 sales yet.
Forbes says there’s a good chance that the record for most cars sold in a year (in the US) could be broken in 2016. The record is 17.5 million cars and was set last year. Even if the record isn’t broken sales are still ridiculously strong, well, for most models and automakers anyway. One model that isn’t contributing much to the record chase is the Mitsubishi i MiEV. The budget electric car has sold only 91 units in all of 2016. There is still time for the i MiEV to crack 100 sales on the year, a number it topped last year when Mitsubishi managed to sell 115 models.
If the budget EV doesn’t top the 100-sales mark it wouldn’t be shocking. The i MiEV is the cheapest electric car sold in the US with a base price of $23,845. Unfortunately that’s about all it has going for it. The 16-kWh battery delivers a max range of 62 miles. Its power output is a dismal 66 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. If you want a USB port in the car you’ll need to pay an extra $135, or you could drop $2,000 for the navigation package which, in addition to nav, also includes a USB port and steering wheel audio controls. There are three exterior colors available and only one interior color, the aptly and depressingly named “Black Fabric.”
We could go on but you probably get the point by now. The Mitsubishi i MiEV is confusingly named, woefully under-equipped and strikingly hideous. The Japanese automaker is headed in an electrified direction and should get to where it's going much faster now that it is part of the Renault-Nissan alliance. The first step in that new direction will be showing off a new eco-friendly crossover at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Eventually the Outlander PHEV will also go on sale...or not. Who knows at this point. The bottom line is that Mitsubishi will soon be in a place where it will be able to significantly update the i MiEV or kill it off outright. Hopefully it gets there sooner rather than later.