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2021 Toyota Mirai Review - Release Date, Range, Charging Time, Interior, Specs, And Rivals Compared

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S. Kulshrestha

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November 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM

The Hydrogen-Powered Toyota Mirai is all set to enter its Second-generation. The 2021 Mirai is offered in 2 trims - XLE and Limited, with an estimated EPA of more than 400 miles range. Compared with the 2020 model that had a range of about 312 miles, the second generation Mirai is proving out to be a more practical car that could be used all over the world, and not just in California and Hawaii. The 2021 Toyota Mirai is expected to start with an MSRP of $60,000.

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Toyota is back with its hydrogen-powered-fuel-cells car with the announcement of the all-new 2021 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen-powered Electric Sedan. Yoshikazu Tanaka, the chief engineer of the Mirai, and his team have made some significant changes to its fuel cell car. The 2021 Mirai will be setting its benchmark not only in terms of zero-emission but also in comfort, power, and style and is priced from an MSRP of $60,000.


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It sure has a lot of Lexus Charm to it by the looks of it and is also a steeper generation upgrade in the right direction. Compared with the 2020 model, the second generation Mirai is pitched in as a more practical car that could be used all over the world, not just in California and Hawaii. It grows in size as well, with a more spacious interior layout and redesigned dashboard, and now comes in 2 trims - XLE and Limited.

2021 Toyota Mirai

Model Specs

MSRP Range

$60,000 - $66,000

Release Date

December 2020

Engine

Fuel Cell coupled electric motor

Transmission

1-Speed Direct Drive

Drivetrain

FWD

Trims

2 trims - XLE / Limited

Colors

5 Exterior Shades - Oxygen White / Black / Supersonic Red / Heavy Metal / Hydro Blue (Exclusive to Limited trim)

Changes

  • Redesigned design language to mark the entry into its 2nd Generation
  • An increase in dimensions now makes it a mid-size sedan as opposed to the last-gen entry-level sedan.
  • Redesigned cabin with a redesigned dashboard and two 12.3-inch full digital displays
  • RWD layout for a more efficient and fun driving experience
  • Improved Hydrogen fuel cell with improved performance and efficiency

Let us dig deep into the concept of this car, and look at the new features and technology it has brought for us. The 2021 Toyota Mirai continues to compete against the likes of Hyundai Nexo, Honda Clarity, and Tesla Model 3 but now stands at a much better proposition in terms of technology and comfort features. The addition of an RWD layout also helps it improves driving dynamics up to an extent.

What are the Prices, Trims, and Features of the 2021 Toyota Mirai?

The 2021 Toyota Mirai is expected to be priced from an MSRP of $60,000 and is quite a bump as compared to the $58,500 of the 2020 model year. And the major change is in terms of the trims on offer, as the 2021 Toyota Mirai is offered in two trims - XLE and Limited, as opposed to the single trim that was offered for the 2020 MY. This also gives the all-new Mirai a diverse nature that can help cater to a wider audience.

Toyota has done quite an extensive upgrade to back this bump in pricing. It gets a completely redesigned exterior which is a welcome move as it won't have to be related to the Toyota Prius with which it used to share most of its design cues. It now gets a more laid-back design language that mimics a more premium approach with a long sweeping hood-line and a sleek coupe rear quarter layout.

Trim

XLE

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$60,000

$66,000

Key Features

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ All the features in the XLE trim added and:

 

12.3-Inch Multimedia Touchscreen with 14-Speaker JBL System

Panoramic Sunroof

 

Dual-zone climate control Heated and Ventilated front seats

 

Heated front seats Optional 20-inch alloy wheels

 

19-inch aluminum wheels Exclusive Hydro-Blue exterior color

The hydrogen fuel cell also gets a revamp with added performance and improved efficiency. Technology features the interior layout has been bumped up to 2021-standards and it all looks quite appealing. A notable technology upgrade that it gets is the Toyota Sensing 2.5+ safety suite that gives it a curated bunch of active and passive safety features, that puts it in the spotlight among other efficient offerings.

How does the Hydrogen Fuel Cell powertrain stand out in the 2021 Toyota Mirai?

The Mirai has a unique fuel-cell engine that uses hydrogen on board, to produce electricity. If you remember some basics of your chemistry class, you would understand how this vehicle gets its power from hydrogen as a fuel. You must be knowing that electricity is nothing but a flow of electrons, these electrons are supplied by the hydrogen atom and the hydrogen gets bonded to oxygen in the air to create water as an exhaust.

Electricity is produced by the supplied electrons by hydrogen, and this is used to power the engine. This is just like an electric vehicle system, but the only difference is in fueling and byproducts. The 2021 Mirai powertrain produced 161 hp and 257 lb-ft torque which is a marginal bump of 10 hp and 10 lb-ft as opposed to 2020 MY. But couple this with the RWD layout and improved programming, the new Mirai, could change the dynamics notably.

Model

2021 Toyota Mirai

2021 Hyundai Nexo

2021 Honda Clarity

2021 Tesla Model 3

MSRP

$60,000

$62,845

$59,410 

$39,190

Engine

Hydrogen fuel electric

Hydrogen fuel electric

Electric

Electric

Drive

RWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

1-Speed Automatic

1-Speed Automatic

1-Speed Automatic

1-Speed Automatic

Power

161 hp

161 hp

174 hp

283 hp

Torque

257 lb-ft

291 lb-ft

221 lb-ft

330 lb-ft

The 2021 Mirai does not stand out in engine and performance, due to some obvious reasons. Tesla Model 3 is surely a winner in this segment, and it's a lot cheaper than the rest of its competitors. The 2021 Mirai is all set to change these numbers, and the price range would be comparable to Hyundai Nexo.

How quick is the 2021 Toyota Mirai from 0-60 mph?

With a one-speed direct transmission and fwd, the sluggish engine could take this car from 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds. The 2021 Mirai would be having the same fuel combustion system, but with better performance and a larger tank. So, don't expect a change in the rush it provides, but it will give an improved driving range for the same pace which is a good thing in itself.

As it has now been converted to RWD, which would improve its acceleration and traction and make it a whole lot more fun to drive. Environmentally friendly cars are gravely criticized for offering a bland driving experience, at least for the radically powered ones like the Mirai that runs on Hydrogen. 2021 revamp is a crucial step for this technology to come in line with the electric motors that have become quite thrilling to ride, san the exhaust note!

Model

2021 Toyota Mirai

2021 Hyundai Nexo

2021 Honda Clarity

2021 Tesla Model 3

0-60 mph

8.9 secs 9.5 secs 8.1 secs 4.4 secs

Quarter-Mile

N/A N/A 16.4 secs 13.1 secs

Top Speed

N/A N/A N/A 145 mph

Tesla Model 3 is the only electric car of this bunch that gets its juice from a Li-Ion battery pack that has actually come a long way since its inception. For that matter, it happens to be the most powerful and quickest of the bunch. The only other Hydrogen-powered car that undercuts the Toyota Mirai is Honda Clarity which still takes over 8 seconds to cross the 60 mph mark. Hydrogen-cars clearly have a long way to go forth.


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What are the MPG-estimate Figures of the 2021 Toyota Mirai?

The Mirai runs on a fuel cell engine that splits hydrogen atom electrons to produce electricity to power the engine. The emission is water vapors, due to the bonding of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. With a tank capacity of 32.3 gallons, the 2021 Mirai had a range of around 312 miles with an economy of 66 mpg in the city. It's all set to improve exponentially for the next-gen 2021 Mirai.

Details are still under the curtains, but with the level of refinement that has gone in the fuel cell unit over these years, expect a wider jump in terms of the driving range with over 400 miles to a full charge. Toyota is all set to get on the highways with a focus on improving the charging infrastructure of hydrogen fuel stations. As it is now an RWD layout, the MPGe figures might go down marginally due to the power losses.

Model

2021 Toyota Mirai

2021 Hyundai Nexo

2021 Honda Clarity

2021 Tesla Model 3

MPGe (city)

70

58-62 kW-hrs/100 mile

44

148

MPGe (highway)

71

52-57 kW-hrs/100 mile

40

132

MPGe (combined)

70

N/A

42

141

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

32.3

41.4

N/A

N/A

Range (Combined)

400

380

240

250

The 2021 Mirai has a pretty good range on the highways, and the MPG figures also look good compared to the Hyundai Nexo and Honda Clarity. The range of the 2021 Mirai is expected to be around 400 miles, with an increase in the tank capacity. So, it’s ready to change these figures, and would be on the top in terms of Fuel Economy and Range in the competition with the electric fuel vehicles.

What are the various features of the redesigned 2021 Toyota Mirai Interior?

The 2021 Mirai's Interior has gone through a complete transition from a typical Hydrogen-fuel car into a practical and luxurious car that ensures zero-emission in the environment. With a stylish exterior matching to that of the Lexus and an interior found in the Premium models of the Toyota Highlander, the Mirai 2021 is proving out to be one of the most innovative cars in the world, that uses hydrogen for its combustion.

The 2021 Mirai has revolutionized its interior and converted it into a classic sedan with all the features and comfort that you would expect in a premium BMW offering. The second-generation Mirai will have a modern look to its dashboard, with all the infotainment you would expect. The seating capacity of 4 passengers is the same, but the seats are made smart, with heating and power adjusting features.

Model

2021 Toyota Mirai

2021 Hyundai Nexo

2021 Honda Clarity

2021 Tesla Model 3

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

First (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

38.5/ 54.3 / 42.5

39.4/ 57.2/ 41.5

39.1/ 59.7/ 42.2

40.3/ 56.3/ 42.7

Second (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

36.8/ 53.5/ 42.5 

38.0/ 55.5/ 38.6

37.1/ 57.3/ 36.2

37.7/ 57.0/ 35.2

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

12.8 30.0 11.8 15.0

The 2021 Mirai would be a lot more comfortable with increased space for you as well as your luggage. The faux-leather seats would add to your comfort with the quietest interior due to the electric engine. The passenger capacity would be the same, due to the engine placement. Notable comfort features in the 2021 Toyota Mirai are:

  • Redesigned dashboard with a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster
  • New dual-tone interior upholstery layout with various options
  • Available Heated and ventilated front and rear seats
  • Improved seating with added comfort and improved space in both rows
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control System
  • 2 driver memory seat settings
  • Heated steering wheel

What are the Infotainment and other Technology Features in the 2021 Toyota Mirai?

The 2021 Mirai is packed with an infotainment system similar to the premium variants of the Toyota Highlander. The 7.0-inch touchscreen is now replaced by a 12.3-inch screen with standard features like Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, navigation, Bluetooth. It is angled towards the driver for better visibility and ease of usage.

The audio system is top-notch with 11-speaker JBL speakers with USB-connectivity, SiriusXM, Android Auto. So there’s everything to keep you entertained in this smooth and quiet car. It also comes with a Qi-wireless charging dock that is located at arm's length on the center console. This driver-centric design layout of the cabin is well appreciated and does remind up of the Fourth-Gen Toyota Supra's cabin.


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How has Toyota transformed the 2021 Toyota Mirai Exterior?

This is a noteworthy design overhaul as Toyota has finally decided to get the 2021 Mirai its own distinctive identity which was in the previous Generations, overshadowed by the Toyota Prius with which it shared most of the design cues. With an increase in its length and width, it has changed its style converted itself into a classic sedan that you would buy for luxury and comfort.

It has now increased rapidly in size because of which it enters the mid-size sedan category. The design language now gives off an uncanny "Lexus" vibe which is a good thing as it will have a much more premium appeal. The LED headlamps and taillamps are very distinctive and most of the design elements have been retained from the 2019 Mirai Concept showcased at the "Future Expo" in Japan.

Model

2021 Toyota Mirai

2021 Hyundai Nexo

2021 Honda Clarity

2021 Tesla Model 3

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,080

4,000

4,106

3,552

Length(in.)

193.5

183.9

192.7

184.8

Width(in.)

72.5

73.2

73.9

72.8

Height(in.)

62.5

64.2

58.2

56.8

Ground clearance (in.)

5.9

6.4

5.2

5.5

The connected taillamps will stand out to be a notable distinguishing feature of the all-new Toyota Mirai. Toyota has also gone for a more coupe-ish roofline with a shorter more linear rear third quarter. This also helps it stay out of the cliche sedan bunch as well. (As if seeing "FUEL CELL" when you pop open the hood, wasn't noticeable enough!) Notable exterior features of the 2021 Toyota Mirai are:

  • Redesigned exterior with a coupe-ish roofline
  • LED projector headlamps with DRLs
  • LED taillamps with a connected layout
  • Shark-fin rear center-mounted roof antenna
  • Touch Sensor Lock/Unlock door feature
  • 17-inch Machine Chiseled Alloy Wheels

What are the Safety Features of the 2021 Toyota Mirai?

The 2020 model itself had a variety of safety features that you would find in any of the luxury sedans. And if you are worried about the hydrogen tank, please calm down. The 2021 Mirai stores the hydrogen fuel in a carbon fiber tank, that has sensors to detect accidents and collisions. The hydrogen flow would stop instantly, and there’s no chance of leakage of fuel and explosion.

The most notable revamp is the addition of standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ that now includes various other safety features that were earlier optional. With safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system, automated emergency braking, and pedestrian detection, the 2021 Mirai has everything to keep you safe on the road. Notable safety features of the 2021 Toyota Mirai are:

  • 8 Standard Airbags
  • LATCH Setting on Rear Seats
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Proximity Notification System
  • Front and Rear Parking Assist SONAR
  • Anti-Theft System with Engine Immobilizer
  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+
  • Star Safety System

When will the all-new 2021 Toyota Mirai launch and is it worth the buy?

There’s no doubt that Tanaka and his team had put all their efforts to give the world a zero-emission car, that has all the features and comfort of a luxury sedan with no compromise in performance. The all-new 2021 Toyota Mirai has a Release Date of December 2020 and will be the perfect revival of a very underrated power source and engineering advancements.

Currently, the Mirai runs only in California and Hawaii, but the 2021 Mirai is coming with a big plan and is expected to be sold all around the world. This also explains Toyota's current shift in for the focus of building more Hydrogen charging stations to make this fuel source more accessible for the masses. Hydrogen is finally gaining up to the electric bunch and things are going to get interesting.


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2021 Toyota Mirai FAQs

Is the 2021 Toyota Mirai AWD?

No, the 2021 Toyota Mirai is available only in RWD.

When will the 2021 Toyota Mirai launch?

The 2021 Toyota Mirai will launch in December 2020.

Will the 2021 Toyota Mirai be redesigned?

Yes, the 2021 Toyota Mirai marks its Second Generation with a completely redesigned exterior and interior, and a revamped powertrain layout.

Which cars does the 2021 Toyota Mirai computer against?

The 2021 Toyota Mirai despite being a Hydrogen-powered car, completely more closely with the electric bunch that includes the likes of Hyundai Nexo, Honda Clarity, and Tesla Model 3.

What is the driving range for the 2021 Toyota Mirai?

The 2020 Toyota Mirai is rated for a driving range of 312 miles on a full refuel of Hydrogen that takes just 5 minutes and the 2021 model year is slated to get over 400 miles of driving range.

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