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.