smart fortwo electric  vs Mitsubishi i-MiEV 

smart fortwo electric coupe

  • $25k
  • 13 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 122 city 93 hwy
That’s because the electric Smart’s drivetrain never changes gears; as a result, power delivery is perfectly smooth.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

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)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of coupe vs SE


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 fortwo electric vs i-MiEV

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.

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

68 miles

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

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

9 miles

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
smart fortwo electric coupe

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Much higher battery specific energy 98.9 Watt-hour/kg vs 67 Watt-hour/kg Around 50% higher; suggests a more advanced battery
Way shorter charge time on 240V 4 hours vs 7 hours Around 45% faster charge time
More powerful motor 55 kW vs 49 kW Over 10% more powerful electric motor; will accelerate faster
Lower MSRP $25k vs $32k More than 20% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $5,585 vs $6,987 More than 20% less expensive per year
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Regenerative braking axles Rear vs None Supports regenerative-braking
Considerably larger battery 16 kWh vs 13 kWh Around 25% more energy when fully charged

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

$25,000 3.9¢/mile smart fortwo electric
Mitsubishi i-MiEV $31,975 4¢/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 smart fortwo electric 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
smart fortwo electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Price $5,000 ($25,000) $6,395 ($31,975)
Fuel $586 (24 MWh) $593 (24 MWh)
City 122 MPGe 112 MPGe
Highway 93 MPGe 99 MPGe
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Reviews Word on the street

fortwo electric  vs i-MiEV 

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

On sale in select states in 2012 and nationwide in 2013, the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the most fuel-efficient mass-production vehicle money can buy for under $30k.


6.2 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


fortwo electric  vs
Brand smart Mitsubishi
Model year 2013 2012
City range 76 miles 68 miles
Highway range 59 miles 54 miles
MSRP $25k $32k
Annual cost $5,585 $6,987

engine & drivetrain

Plug-in EV
Gearing type Continuously-variable Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD
240V charge time 4 hours 7 hours
Motor output 55 kW 49 kW
Battery capacity 13 kWh 16 kWh
Battery specific energy 98.9 Watt-hour/kg 67 Watt-hour/kg
Regenerative braking axles

stereo & entertainment

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

safety features

Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard

physical dimensions

Width 59.6 in 58.1 in
Front track width 50.51 in 51.6 in
Height 61 in 63.4 in
Ground clearance 5.2 in 5.9 in
Length 98.4 in 136.8 in
Wheelbase 73.5 in 100.4 in
Curb weight 2,000 lb 2,447 lb


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EPA smog score 10 10
EPA GHG score 10 10
Vapor canisters 0 0
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 0 0
Recirculates exhaust gas No No

power & handling

Max torque 96 ft-lb 133 ft-lb
Max HP 74 HP 66 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 27.03 lb/hp 37.08 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 28.7 feet 29.5 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Lower wishbone, McPherson strut, anti-roll bar MacPherson strut, coil springs with stabilizer bar, pillow ball
Rear suspension DeDion axle, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers 3-link de Dion
Front brakes 11 in Disc 10.1 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 8 in Drum 8 in Drum
Front wheel width 155 145
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 65


Front A/C Standard Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Navigation system Optional, $1,290, 6.5 in Optional
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power steering N/A Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
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