It's a snap to operate. In seconds, I had it unplugged, tossed the charging cable in the backseat and was inside rolling down the power windows (yes, it has those too!). The driver's field of view is good from all angles, and once it was popped into Drive, I was off and running, quite comfortably.
I zipped down Pacific Coast Highway, (past the new Tesla dealership) to a street called Newport Coast Drive, where supercars are a dime a dozen. On any given day you can see Ferraris, Lambos, Maseratis and more (I once saw a Bentley Continental that had been pulled over by the police because the LUMBER they were transporting in the backseat was sticking too far outside the passenger window). Yes, it's that part of town. But it's also this insanely fun, steep hill that spans a few miles and is super fun to drive. So, this is where I took the little i-MiEV.
I tromped on the throttle and the power output was as far to the right as it go could (leaving the Eco setting far behind), but it didn't stay there for long, it leveled out and I was easily able to keep up with regular traffic.
After many more miles, I found the i-MiEV to be a livable and simple way to get around, and quite fun to boot! Am looking forward to seeing these on the road in the U.S. soon.
**Note to Jonathan: This would make a fun long-term test car.