Mitsubishi i-MiEV  vs Chevrolet Spark EV 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE

  • $32k
  • 16 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 112 city 99 hwy
The braking feels pretty good overall, but not as natural as the Leaf's, which itself doesn't quite match a regular car.
by (May, 2012)

Chevrolet Spark EV 1LT

  • $27k
  • 0.0L Plug-in EV
  • 128 city 109 hwy
. Recalibrated springs, dampers, and suspension components strive to make good on Chevy's promise that the Spark EV is “fun to drive,” and they mostly succeed—the handling felt pleasantly balanced and responsive on Portland's curving parkway roads, the steering a little sharper than in the gas model, if still lacking in feel.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of SE vs 1LT


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

EPA greenhouse gas score

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of i-MiEV vs Spark EV

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Spark EV 1LT

Driving Range on a Charge How far can you go before you need to recharge?

68 miles
Spark EV 1LT
88 miles

Time to Charge Battery From zero to ready to go, charging time in hours.

7 hours
Spark EV 1LT
7 hours

Range Gained Per Hour of Charging How quickly the car regains driving range.

9 miles
Spark EV 1LT
12 miles

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE

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Reasons to consider the
Chevrolet Spark EV 1LT

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More powerful motor 104 kW vs 49 kW Over 2x more powerful electric motor; will accelerate faster
Higher battery specific energy 83 Watt-hour/kg vs 67 Watt-hour/kg Around 25% higher; suggests a more advanced battery
Slightly lower MSRP $27k vs $32k More than 15% cheaper sticker price
Slightly cheaper annual cost $5,930 vs $6,987 More than 15% less expensive per year
Higher EPA city mileage 128 MPGe vs 112 MPGe Around 15% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Higher EPA highway mileage 109 MPGe vs 99 MPGe More than 10% better on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$31,975 4¢/mile Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Chevrolet Spark EV $27,010 3.5¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Chevrolet Spark EV is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Chevrolet Spark EV
Price $6,395 ($31,975) $5,402 ($27,010)
Fuel $593 (24 MWh) $528 (21 MWh)
City 112 MPGe 128 MPGe
Highway 99 MPGe 109 MPGe
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Reviews Word on the street

i-MiEV  vs Spark EV 

Overall, the i's cabin space is well-divided, for surprising versatility.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


i-MiEV  vs
Spark EV 
Brand Mitsubishi Chevrolet
Model year 2012 2014
City range 68 miles 88 miles
Highway range 54 miles 75 miles
MSRP $32k $27k
Annual cost $6,987 $5,930

power & handling

Max HP 66 HP 130 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 37.08 lb/hp 22.99 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 29.5 feet 33.8 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension 3-link de Dion Beam
Front brakes 10.1 in Ventilated Disc 10.12 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 8 in Drum 10.12 in Disc
Front wheel width 145 185
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 55

safety features

Rear side
Rear side w/head
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard

physical dimensions

Width 58.1 in 64 in
Front track width 51.6 in 55.5 in
Height 63.4 in 62.6 in
Length 136.8 in 146.5 in
Wheelbase 100.4 in 93.5 in
Curb weight 2,447 lb 2,989 lb


i-MiEV  vs
Spark EV 
EPA smog score 10 10
EPA GHG score 10 10

engine & drivetrain

Plug-in EV
Gearing type Continuously-variable Traditional
Transmission Automatic 2WD 1-speed Automatic 2WD
240V charge time 7 hours 7 hours
Motor output 49 kW 104 kW
Battery specific energy 67 Watt-hour/kg 83 Watt-hour/kg
Regenerative braking axles

stereo & entertainment

Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard N/A
CD player Standard N/A
CD changer N/A N/A


Front A/C Standard N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Navigation system Optional N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power steering Standard N/A
Power windows Standard Standard
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