Comparative Automotive Research has identified no less than 11 advantages that the Mitsubishi i-MiEV has over the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
|Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid|
Mitsubishi's corrosion warranty provides better protection than Toyota's. This warranty protects against rust-through (sheetmetal perforation).
|Corrosion Warranty Months|
|Prius Plug-In Hybrid||60|
Cost to Own
The base MSRP on the i-MiEV is less than the base MSRP on the Prius Plug-In Hybrid as shown in the table below.
|Base Price MSRP|
|Prius Plug-In Hybrid Base||32,000|
|Prius Plug-In Hybrid Advanced||39,525|
Both the i-MiEV and the Prius Plug-In Hybrid feature Standard driver and passenger air bags.
The i-MiEV is equipped with Standard RWD.
Fog lights are very effective at improving visibility in foggy and other difficult driving situations. You are more likely to find fog lights on the i-MiEV than on the Prius Plug-In Hybrid, as detailed below:
|Prius Plug-In Hybrid||Not Available|
The i-MiEV has more interior space than the Prius Plug-In Hybrid in the following areas:
|Shoulder Room, Rear|
|Prius Plug-In Hybrid||53.1 in.|
The Standard second row split seat allows i-MiEV owners the flexibility for both storage and passenger seating. A second row split seat is Not Available in the Prius Plug-In Hybrid.Suspension and Handling
The i-MiEV, with its higher minimum ground clearance, 6.1 in. vs. 5.3 in., is more capable than the Prius Plug-In Hybrid of traversing rough terrain without problems.
The i-MiEV is shorter than the Prius Plug-In Hybrid , 144.7 in. vs. 176.4 in., so it will be easier to handle and maneuver.
The i-MiEV is narrower than the Prius Plug-In Hybrid, 62.4 in. vs. 68.7 in., so it will be easier to maneuver and park, especially in tight parking spaces.
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