Home > Lists >

Gas stop: The 11 Best Mileage Cars for 2016

4. Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Some like it cheap
Base price: $23,845
Fuel economy rating: 112 MPGe

The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a prime example of how electric propulsion has become more affordable.

This subcompact four-door hatchback is, by far, the least-expensive battery-powered vehicle you can buy. It becomes even cheaper when you factor in a $7,500 one-time tax credit from the U.S. government, and depending on where you live, you may qualify for additional incentives from your state government, local municipality, and/or private-sector employer. Naturally, the i-MiEV’s low price brings with some noticeable compromises. The interior feels cramped, even for moderately sized adults; interior materials quality is as bargain-basement as they come; and the car’s projected driving range is a paltry 62 miles. Mild weather, judicious use of the throttle, climate control, and power accessories can extend the range (we’ve broken 80 miles in some tests), however if you live in a climate where cold is common, we would strongly advise you to look elsewhere to get your electric-vehicle fix.

About Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]