Despite its weirdness, driving the i is unexceptional. It’s slow—0 to 60 takes 13.0 seconds—but there’s nothing abnormal about how it operates. The electric power steering, reportedly tuned by Lancer Evolution engineers, feels surprisingly alive. An electrically powered, vacuum brake booster delivers a firm pedal. The i is relatively light—2552 pounds—but stops from 70 mph in an unremarkable 183 feet, thanks in large part to its low-rolling-resistance tires. The ride is smooth, the structure quiver-free.