2021 Toyota Mirai Electric

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2021 Toyota Mirai electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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Toyota has been a big name in the business and has always been a pioneer in bringing up something that creates a base for other brands and leads by example. From launching the very first foreign brand pickup truck in the states (Tundra) to colonizing the concept of hybrids (Prius), Toyota has been there, making a killing with its rich and innovative research and development.

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Pros

Nill emissions

Great range

Long list of standard features

Cons

Available only in California as of now

Average looking exteriors

Bland interiors

What's New?

The car remains unchanged for 2020


2021 Toyota Mirai electric Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$59825

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

151 hp @4,700rpm

torque

247 lb-ft @3,500rpm

transmission

1 Speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/11.4

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

192.4 in.

width

71.5 in.

height

60.5 in.

curb weight

4075 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

66/66/66 mpg


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Ratings

Features

8.2

Engine And Performance

7.2

Fuel Economy

8.8

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.2

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.8

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Toyota Mirai electric Base

Base

power
379 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$59,825


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (electric DD) Starting at $59,825 MSRP (25/27/31) 379 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, flat 6, regular unleaded
1-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 4

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The latest metamorphosis of this can be seen in the Toyota Mirai, which kick starts the niche of hydrogen fuel vehicles. Mirai is a Japanese term that literally translates to “the future” in English. Imagine driving a car that results in absolutely 0 contributions towards the degradation of the environment. Fascinating, right? Well, with a Permanent magnet AC Motor delivering the octanes to hydrogen constituting for the primary fuel source, the Mirai is more of a thankyou note to the Mother Earth. 

The Mirai is one of a kind and one of the first cars to explore this aperture. However, it still receives some fight from a homeland innovator, which is none other than the Honda. The Toyota Mirai locks its horns with the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. So now, the question remains which car serves as an overall better package? Well, scroll down to find out...

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan Front View
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan Rear View

8.2/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

6.8/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Features

8.2/10

The Toyota Mirai is a stand-alone trim and does not offer any other procurable configurations, except for the one and only default version. The prices for the Mirai starts at $59,285. 

Trim

Toyota Mirai

MSRP (FWD)

$59,825

Key Features

LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off and Auto High Beam Assist and LED DRL's

 

17" Machine Chiseled Alloy Wheels

 

Body-Colored, Heated, Powered ORVM with Memory, Turn Indicators, Blind Spot Warning

 

Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Heated Windshield Wiper with De-Icer

 

Keyless Entry with Push Button Start and Soft touch Entry

 

7" Touchscreen infotainment system with JBL Speakers and Entune Audio with Clari-Fi

 

USB, AUX, SiriusXM, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple Car Play Compatibility

 

Power adjust Front seats while Heating functionality in Steering and all other seats

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Since the Mirai is offered only in one trim, no scope of getting choosy here. However, fret not, the car packs in all the bells and whistles you’d expect from such a futuristic car. 

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Engine and Performance

7.2/10

The 2020 Toyota Mirai obtains its octane mainly via a Permanent magnet AC Synchronous motor. This engine generates 151 hp and 247 lb.-ft. Of the peak spinning force, that kicks in at 3500 rpm.

To aid the engine to deliver a more engaging ride, there sits a high voltage Nickel-Metal Hydride drive battery, which accounts for enhanced regenerative braking and somewhat provides a boost of performance at low speeds where the engine feels slow to react and respond. 

Another element of the Toyota Mirai’s powertrain is a pair of High-Pressure Carbon Fiber Hydrogen Tanks which store hydrogen and expand it accordingly.

Models

Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell*

MSRP 

$58,500

$58,490

Engine

Permanent magnet AC Motor

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stack w/Electric Motor

Drivetrain FWD FWD

Transmission

1-Speed Automatic

1-Speed Automatic

Power

151hp@4,700rpm

174hp@4,500rpm

Torque

247lb-ft@3,500rpm

221lb-ft@3,500rpm

How fast is the Toyota Mirai?

Cars like the Toyota Mirai are not meant to sprint down the lanes at blazing speeds but are more of a tankful gesture towards Mother Earth and your pockets. However, the Mirai still presents us with respectable off the line figures and can compete with other humble sedans any given day. 

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan Three Quarter View

The Mirai goes from 0-60 in a span of 8.6 seconds and can cover the quarter of a mile distance in around 17.2 seconds. The Mirai knocks a top speed of 111 mph.

Model

Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell*

0-60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed N/A N/A

Engine

Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stack w/Electric Motor

What about the braking performance of Toyota Mirai?

The 2020 Mirai's low profile and scrawny wheels add to the ride’s MPG figures yet degrade the execution of brakes. What additionally hampers the braking performance is the heft that ranges above the 4,000lbs mark. 

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan has Front Brake of 11.6 in.

The brake pedal feel is modest in day to day conditions but gets edgy under panic braking scenarios. The Toyota Mirai pulled a 60-0 panic brake test distance of 130 feet.

Model

Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell*

Brake Rotors Front

11.6"

12.3"

Brake Rotors Rear

11.4"

12.2"

Curb Weight

4075 lbs

4134 lbs

60-0 MPH

130 ft

N/A

What about its driving dynamics?

The Toyota Mirai is not going to provide you with any of the most distant vibes of engaging or enthralling driving experience. First of all, the Engine feels slow to react and respond at low speeds. Secondly, the car’s skinny wheels further degrade the experience, accounting for instability at high speeds and rather trembly experience. 

The Mirai handles decently under regular conditions, but think of pulling off a high-spirited corner stunt with it, and you are in for some big trouble. Apart from that, the steering wheel of the car feels rightly weighted and provides a decent amount of feedback to the driver. 

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Fuel Economy

8.8/10

Alright, so after a certain amount of criticism in the above sections, the Mirai meets us in its very own forte, which is the fuel efficiency offered by this car. The Toyota Mirai with its electric motor powertrain, and hydrogen fuel, delivers spectacular mpg figures. 

The Toyota Mirai delivers the same mileage figure in all conditions, which is 67 miles per gallon. Though it’s a great set of figures, yet seems a bit meek in comparison to the figures posted by the contending Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. 

Model

Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell*

MPG (City)

66

69

MPG (Highway)

66

67

MPG (Combined)

66

68

Fuel Capacity

32.3 gallons

37.3 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) N/A N/A

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

N/A

N/A

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Interior

8.0/10

The Toyota Mirai’s cabin emits an airy and spacious vibe, while the big glass area further accentuates the roominess and increases outside visibility. The Mirai can seat up to 4 passengers only, yet all 4 of them are bound to enjoy a laid back and leisurely drive, accrediting to the plenty of space on offer. The Mirai provides ample space to all the occupants in all directions at all times.

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan Cockpit Area

Speaking of the seats, they are nicely sculpted and generously stuffed, along with an eight-way power adjustment feature. The rear row consists of 2 comfy bucket seats, with a console armrest mounted in between. 

Model

Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell*

Seating Capacity

4

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/54.3/42.5

39.1/59.6/42.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.8/53.5/30.1

37.1/57.2/36.7

The dash design is simple yet sensible, and the knobs and buttons enforce the Mirai’s futuristic approach. The fit and finish of the interior seem decent, however, some of the materials used inside the car do not match with the almost $60,000 price tag of the Mirai.

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan Cup Holder

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Mirai houses Toyota’s very own Entune 3.0 infotainment arrangement, which displays all the information on a 7.0-inch focal touchscreen panel. The Mirai is packed with a number of advanced entertainment features such as a Premium Entune Audio System with 11 JBL Speakers and a Dynamic Real-Time Navigation that can guide you to the nearest Hydrogen Filling Stations. Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the Toyota Mirai are:

  • 11 premium speakers
  • Internet access
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Entune 3.0 Smart device integration
  • Radio data system
  • Window grid antenna
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • The clari-Fi digital signal processor
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player
  • Automatic equalizer
  • Voice-activated radio
  • Amplifier
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

Creature comforts on offer in the Toyota Mirai

The Toyota Mirai packs in a number of convenience features that ensure that all the occupants are at ease at all times. Some of the most prominent comfort features on offer in the Toyota Mirai are:

  • Proximity key
  • Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 1-touch down
  • Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
  • Memory seats
  • Retained accessory power
  • Mechanical cargo access remote release
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • 1 12V DC power outlet
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls, distance pacing
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Emergency communication system
  • 2 driver memory seat settings
  • Heated steering wheel

What about utility?

The Toyota Mirai offers just 12.8 cubic feet of space to stow your luggage into. The space on offer is marginally greater than that of the Honda Clarity, yet the basic drawback for the Mirai here is that the rear seats cannot be folded down. 

Model

Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell*

Cargo Capacity 

12.8 cu.ft.

11.8 cu.ft.

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Exterior

8.2/10

The Mirai wears the typical Toyota facia which is very much similar to other offerings by the auto-marquee. From the front angle, the Mirai looks pretty much like the Avalon, however, its the repulsive side profile that spoils the game for this car. 

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan Left Side View

At the rear, the attempted fastback shape seems like a bit overdone, as it overshadows other design elements. Apart from that, the 2020 Toyota Mirai resembles other Gas-powered sedans in terms of the exterior dimensions. It doesn't look small or overly big and has decent proportions overall.

Model

Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell*

Curb Weight

4075 lbs

4134 lbs

Length

192.5"

192.7"

Width

71.5"

73.9"

Height

60.5"

58.2"

Ground Clearance

5.1"

N/A

Wheelbase

109.4"

108.3"

What are those eye-catching features?

  • Automatic LED Low and High Beam Headlamps with Auto On/Off
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps and Stop Lights
  • Auto-Dimming Heated Outside Powered mirrors with Memory Function, Turn Indicators and Blind Spot Warning Indicators
  • 17" Machine Chiseled Alloy Wheels
  • Rain Sensing, Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers with Heated Windshield and Wiper De-Icer
  • Noise Reducing Windshield on the front, rear, and side glass
  • Keyless Entry
  • Touch Sensor Lock/Unlock door feature
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan
2021 Toyota Mirai electric Sedan

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Safety

8.0/10

The Mirai is Toyota’s take on future vehicles and standing true to the notion that the future beholds safer cars, the Mirai houses a number of standard safety features. Some of the most eminent safety features on-board the Toyota Mirai are:

  • 8 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
  • Star Safety System
  • Safety Connect System

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Competition

6.8/10

Toyota Mirai Sedan vs. Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

The Toyota Mirai and the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell are arch and the only rivals to each other. Both the cars are a step from their respective auto-marquees towards a better and greener future. The prices for the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell start at $58,490. The car houses a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stack w/Electric Motor that belts out 174 hp and 221 lb.-ft. Of torque, thus giving the Clarity an edge in the power comparison. These figures also make Clarity faster than the Mirai, sprinting from 0-60 in 8.1 seconds. The Clarity also takes a better poll at the mpg fixture, churning out a city/highway/ combined mpg figure of 69/67/68. 

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

2021 Toyota Mirai electric Final Verdict

The Toyota Mirai is a progressive step towards a greener and better future, and the auto-marquee definitely deserves applause for putting forward such an enforced step towards the preservation of nature. The Toyota Mirai is a great car in all terms, except for the exterior appeal, and has the caliber of making it big in the hydrogen fuel niche.