Mitsubishi i-MiEV vs Cadillac ELR

The Cadillac ELR is nearing release (see here), and there’s been lots of rumors floating around about whether or not Mitsubishi will continue to offer the i-MiEV in North America. Currently, there are no 2013 models available, only 2012 models, and Mitsubishi has not announced the 2014 model. Mitsubishi has said the i-MiEV will still be offered, but the idea of no more Mitsubishi electric vehicle has given way to the conversation about what EVs would fill its place.Cadillac ELR vs Mitsubishi i-MiEV

We realize that the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is based on a Japanese Kei car (albeit slightly larger for the North American market), and that the Cadillac ELR is a premium luxury 2 door coupe, but the ELR will soon be available to purchase (January 2014), and we like comparing things!

With a largely unchanged Chevy Volt drivetrain, the Cadillac ELR is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that offers 35 electric miles of range and a 100+ mph all-electric top speed.

The i-MiEV has a range of 62 miles, and a top speed that isn’t even mentioned in most literature, and after digging, we found listed at 81 mph.

Both vehicles seat 4 passengers. The i-MiEV is built with 4 doors and seats for 4 adults, and the Cadillac ELR has 2 doors, and although it has 4 seatbelts, the legroom and the headroom in the rear is only suitable for smaller people.

As for overall dimensions, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is almost 50 inches shorter and 12 inches narrower than the Cadillac ELR making it a better fit for tight urban locations.

If you already own a Mitsubishi i-MiEV and you’re looking for a second electric vehicle, the ELR could be a great choice for a second vehicle due to it’s range extending capabilities. And if you can’t afford the $75,000 US plus it costs, you could settle for the same drivetrain in the cheaper Chevy Volt wrapping.

To learn more about the ELR, take a gander at the Cadillac ELR Forum.

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  • vike says:

    I’m amused by the blended graphic, but really, this is a very peculiar piece. Saying “we like comparing things!” doesn’t really cut it, and noting that both are plug-in cars coming (back) to the market in 2014 is barely better. I realize the writer’s tongue is planted firmly in cheek in making these comparisons, but I’m not sure how much more useful this piece is than comparing a Smart ForTwo to a Mercedes SLK Roadster (they’re both 2-seaters from Daimler, but….)

    To one factual point, Mitsubishi has confirmed that there will be a 2014 i-MiEV for the U.S. market, with general specs now listed on their web page. What can be gleaned from there is that the car will be almost completely unchanged, the baseline ES trim level is almost certainly gone (which is understandable), and there are doubts as to whether the 2014 U.S. car will get the Canadian 2013’s heated passenger seat and 12A L1 EVSE (which would make no sense). To the all important questions of “How much is the price being dropped?” and “Will the i-MiEV continue to be sold nationwide or only as a compliance car?” (the questions are more intertwined than is at first obvious), well, nary a peep.

    • admin says:

      Hi Vike, this comparison was partially done because I was looking into the ELR personally. I do realize there isn’t much reason to compare the 2.

      And thanks for the update, I do see the 2014 i-MiEV listed on Mitsubishi’s site now. We’ll just have to wait and see if there is a price drop like there was in Japan!

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