Gallery: TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Chilly But Impressive Ride in th...

 
The shape of the rear doors is the most noticeable detail on the body of the i, setting it apart from other electric cars.

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  1. tahrey March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Small city cars are _usually_ pretty good on snow (as, counterintuitively, are bikes and motorbikes). Light weight, but skinny tyres, meaning not much force is needed to move/stop them but you still get plenty of pressure on the snow/ice giving you a better contact (less slipping from the aquaplaning layer of water that builds up under fatter tyres). Plus front wheel drive, a lower powered (and so easier to feed in minimal torque) engine, and often a manual gearbox (a godsend for snow driving)

    The surprise to me is that a heavy, rear wheel drive, high torque and effectively auto-shift one like the MiEV was still as good!

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