2014 Mitsubishi i-Miev Will Cost Just $22,995 Before Incentives, $6,000+ Less Than 2012 Model

With smaller range, less powerful motor, fewer seats and a smaller trunk than the Nissan LEAF, the dome-shaped Mitsubishi i-Miev hasn’t sold well in the U.S. since it was introduced there in late 2011. In fact, less than 2,000 Mitsubishi i-Mievs have been sold in the U.S. since December 2011. The Nissan LEAF has sold more than ten times that figure in 2013 alone.

2014 Mitsubishi i-Miev will be much cheaper than previous models and have more standard features too.

2014 Mitsubishi i-Miev will be much cheaper than previous models and have more standard features too.

From early next year however, the Mitsubishi i-Miev will be a lot more attractive says Mitsubishi, thanks to a massive price cut which will place the all-electric hatchback at $15,495 after Federal incentives. That’s less than a mid-range 2014 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback or an entry-level 2014 Chevrolet Sonic.

Of course, those in states which offer state EV incentives and tax credits alongside the U.S. Federal tax credit of $7,500 for qualifying plug-in cars will find the price of buying a 2014 Mitsubishi i-Miev will be even lower. Californians, for example, should be able to pick up a Mitsubishi i-Miev for $12,995, while Colorado owners could stand to save even more.

Thankfully, the price isn’t the only new thing about the 2014 Mitsubishi i-Miev. While previous model years have lacked some of the features most buyers now expect on all electric cars, Mitsubishi says this will be rectified for the 2014 model year.

In fact, a whole slew of items previously offered as optional extras will now come as standard, including driver and front passenger heated seats, leather-covered steering wheel, all-round speakers, battery warming system and most importantly, a CHAdeMO DC quick charge port. While most of these — along with aluminium wheels, front fog lights and new daytime running lights — will make the 2014 Mitsubishi i-Miev feel more like many of its direct competitors, the DC quick charge port will allow owners to make longer-distance trips beyond the car’s meagre 62-mile EPA range.

The Mitsubishi i-Miev isn’t the best electric car on the market by any stretch, but this latest price cut places it at the ideal price point for what we think of as its target market: urban, young first-time car buyers who are looking for a distinctive, cheap to own car to get them from home to school, university or work. Buyers who want something fun and funky, and are less worried about its small cargo area, tiny dimensions and small range.

Combine this with a price that’s nearly $5,000 cheaper than the base-model 2013 Nissan LEAF SV, and we think Mitsubishi will find more people willing to forgive the i-Miev’s flaws in favour of cheap, cheerful electric motoring.

The 2014 Mitsubishi i-Miev is expected to arrive at select dealers early next year however, so there’s plenty of time for Mitsubishi’s rivals — primarily Nissan, Chevrolet and Ford — to drop the price of their electric cars too.

Prepare for the next round of EV price wars…


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  • Matt Beard

    But will it have a clock?

    • Michael Thwaite

      Yes, secretly hidden in the stereo like the current one… Or did you mean so that you can measure the 0-60?

      • Matt Beard

        There’s one in the stereo? Not in the Citroen version (which seems to be the same as the Peugeot version)

        • Michael Thwaite

          That’s a bit weak, I have the ‘base’ stereo – it has the clock on the LCD up top. Clearly they kept all of the very posh bits in the Mitsubishi version.

  • Michael Thwaite

    You know, the i-MiEV is the best car for those that like it – I know, kind of obvious but, if you’re into driving a car that stands out from the crowd in the US and you like challenging people with the looks (I do), it’s fun and engaging to drive. I love that they’re adding all the toys in and at this new price it’s going to appeal to the new first time drivers who are just the sort of people to embrace change.

    • Dennis Pascual

      I keep hearing your voice “Cheap as chips” when I read the article. So, fifth EV?

      • Michael Thwaite

        I’m thinking that the Children are already arguing over the current i-MiEV – one of them needs to get a job and buy one!

  • Ad van der Meer

    In apocalytic weather I might seek shelter in one, but I prefer public transport over driving one of them. Ok, the last part is a lie, but it’s about as unattractive a car as they come and I can’t believe Mitsubishi can’t do better than this. So, Mitsubushi ditch this car and give the world a 2.0 version, preferably with at least 15 inch wheels.

    • Michael Thwaite

      I’m sure that they’ll keep the 15″ wheels that the current car has. Maybe they’ll revive the 2+2 coupu00e9 they were playing with a couple of years ago.

  • offib

    ” urban, young first-time car buyers”. I’d disagree. While the little i-MiEV is set very competitvly among the Prius C, Yaris, Mirage and so many other sub-compacts, but Mitsubishi has placed the 2014 i-MiEV deliberately in the direction of fleets, for businesses. Buyers who are looking for fleet working horses that will pay off very soon, and an inexpensive, maintenance free car that runs on cheap electricity that’s also exposed to various tax credits will get their attention.nnnThat may be a perfect fit for the parents who are looking to get their son or daughter their first car, but it’s not entirely suited for the young adults of today.nIt’s like getting a Renault Fluence (ICE) or a Dacia for a teenager.nnnThe lack of enticing and cheeky colours like the plum purple that just left it with utilitarian black, grey and white is one example.nA more realistic example would be that the top end model (SE) has been removed, along with Bluetooth, Sat Nav and gasp, USB port!nnnnWhat kind of new car aimed for young buyers would exclude USB or jack ports from being standard? Though, that kinda contradicts the effort of installing rear door speakers.nStill, those comfort features aren’t too important for fleet buyers.

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