InsideLine recently took a 2012 Coda Sedan to a test track to run it through its paces. While they weren’t all negative about the Coda Sedan, they weren’t excited about it either.
The vehicle they tested was the 2012 Coda Sedan EV with 2,100 miles on it and a base price of $38,145.
During hard acceleration, Inside Line reported that it felt like the electric motor’s torque was being metered and not allowing full acceleration. Top speed was 80mph reached only seconds past the quarter mile mark.
When braking, the stopping distance was nothing exciting, and the pedal went softer the more stopping they did. Skid pad results had mild understeer and in the slalom test InsideLine found the steering ‘expectedly distant and reasonably precise’. Their biggest complaint was when the car takes control – “there comes a point when understeer begins and that’s what the ESC does not allow. It (over) applies the brakes to bring the speed down below the threshold for intervention and then releases; really crude system without the ability to dab brakes to trim heading.”
Based on a Mitsubishi design licensed by a chinese carmaker, the 2012 Coda Sedan EV has 134 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Using a 31 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the EPA rates it at a range of 88 miles – higher than the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-Miev and Ford Focus Electric.