Now Available for Leasing for $249/MonthElectric cars and plug-in hybrids have been doing pretty well in crash tests. The Chevrolet Volt got 5 stars, so did the Nissan LEAF, and while the official results aren't in yet, the Tesla Model S is engineered to get 5 stars too (Tesla has probably been doing similar tests in-house to what the rating agencies will be doing).
Well, the electric jellybean aka the Mitsubishi i MiEV (or just the Mitsubishi 'i' sometimes) now joins the party, though not quite with a perfect grade. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been smashing some jellybeans, as you can see in the videos below, and awarded the EV a 4 star overall rating. This model's weakness is with side crashes, which is really something that Mitsubishi should address, but it still does pretty well all things considered.Check out the videos:
We also learn that: "Consumers can now lease a Mitsubishi i at certified dealers nationwide for lease payments as low as $249 per month** for the base ES model equipped with a convenient high-speed CHAdeMO DC quick-charging port."
Here's the small print: "** Payments are for 2012 i-MiEV with Quick Charge package and are based on an agreed upon value equal to its MSRP of $30,675. Monthly payment assumes $3,498 due at signing, including security deposit. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. 36 monthly payments total $8,974. Option to purchase at lease end for an amount to be determined at signing. Ally must approve lease. Mileage charge of $0.20 / mile over 36,000 miles. Lessee pays for excess wear."
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