Results for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) crash tests on the Mitsubishi i MiEV were released today, leaving the little electric vehicle trailing its competition.
Scoring four of five stars in the frontal crash test rating and three out of five for side-impact, Mitsubishi’s EV simply doesn’t measure up to the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt, which both earned five-star ratings in the overall category. Rollover scores weren’t great either, with a four-star rating.
Furthermore, NHTSA noted that a door panel hit the rear seat dummy’s torso during the side-impact test, which prompted the firm to note an increased risk of lower back injury as well.
While nether the Volt nor the Leaf earned five-star ratings in every category, both vehicles managed to secure that nod overall. Still, the Mitsubishi does have a leg up on the competition in some sense. The EPA ranked the i MiEV as the most fuel efficient car in the U.S. with 126 MPGe in the city and 99 on the highway.
The Volt, on the other hand, has a 93 MPGe rating and a 37 mpg rating once the extended range takes over while the Leaf offers 106 MPGe around town and 92 on the highway.