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2019 Toyota Mirai Sedan - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Toyota reliability and durability
  • Zero tailpipe emissions, other than water
  • Smooth, quiet operation
  • You could have the only one in your ZIP code
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Toyota Mirai: Everything You Need to Know

About the Mirai

The Toyota Mirai is a midsize four-door sedan that can seat four passengers. It’s one of only three hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles available in the U.S., and sales are limited to California and Hawaii. Over four years, only about 5,000 Mirais have been delivered.

The Mirai It emits only water from its tailpipe, and drivers fuel up at dedicated hydrogen stations in the two states. California has about 40 retail hydrogen stations; Hawaii has one, on Oahu.

One of the Mirai’s main attractions is three years of free fuel and relatively low lease costs. And in California, drivers get access to the state’s carpool lanes—even with only a single occupant. But drivers have to be aware that, because of range limitations, they need to know where to find the nearest hydrogen station.

What’s New in the Current 2019 Toyota Mirai?

The Mirai has changed very little since it went on sale in the U.S. as a 2016 model, though it now has a few more active safety systems than it did on launch. Specifications haven’t varied:

  • The electric motor produces 150 horsepower, and 247 pound-feet of torque
  • A full tank of fuel holds 11 pounds of hydrogen, compressed at 10,000 psi
  • The EPA rates the Mirai’s range at 312 miles on a full tank
  • The Mirai is available in just one trim level and six colors

What Does the 2019 Toyota Mirai Compete With?

The 2019 Toyota Mirai competes with both long-range battery-electric cars and two other hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. These include:

The Mirai can be a good choice for commuters who appreciate the low running costs and free fuel, want access to HOV lanes, and don’t mind car’s unusual looks and sedate performance.

Exterior Design of the 2019 Toyota Mirai

To many shoppers, the 2019 Mirai may be the least visually appealing car in the Toyota lineup. It was the first model to break from that company’s historically bland designs. The result was somewhere between startling and bizarre, with a cacophony of shapes, accent lines, swoops, and angles. Still, some buyers find its styling quirky and refreshing.

The hood appears to “float” above the fender behind huge vacuum cleaner-like grille openings. Its 17-inch alloy wheels look too small for its slab sides, especially on lighter-colored cars. Standard features include LED lights, heated power mirrors, and a roof-mounted shark-fin antenna.

Interior Style in the 2019 Toyota Mirai

The 2019 Toyota Mirai’s interior materials are a mix of hard and soft plastic, and it has three digital display screens. The seats are comfortable, if fairly upright. There’s adequate, if not lavish, space for four adults. Cargo room is a middling 12.8 cubic feet, due in part to the crosswise hydrogen tanks. The seatback of this sedan doesn’t fold down, so larger items can’t be stored in the trunk.

From the driver’s seat, most controls are easily reachable. But some are less familiar than others. Understanding where and how some functions are accessed via touchscreen may require practice. Standard features include heated seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. Storage space for oddments is good, including the usual suite of cupholders.

What Technology Comes in the 2019 Toyota Mirai?

The 2019 Toyota Mirai’s main technological achievement is its powertrain, which is more complex than a battery-electric car. It feeds hydrogen into the fuel-cell stack, where a chemical reaction produces electricity to power the motor. A small battery provides extra oomph when maximum power is required, just as in a hybrid.

The Mirai has color display screens for driver information, infotainment, and climate-control functions. Standard features include an 11-speaker JBL premium audio system, navigation system, and various app-based connectivity features. Neither Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is offered.

What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Toyota Mirai?

Toyota has recently prioritized fitting all its cars with a suite of advanced safety systems, and the 2019 Mirai is no exception. It comes standard with safety features that include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure alert with steering assist
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking assist

Other useful safety-related systems include automatic high beams, which we found to work well, and a driver alertness monitor. A less familiar feature for U.S. drivers may be road-sign assist, which identifies signs and shows them in the driver’s display.

What is the 2019 Toyota Mirai Like to drive?

On the road, the 2019 Mirai is rather like an older Toyota Prius. It moves you along with a comfortable ride, but the controls feel numb and somewhat disconnected.

Acceleration is smooth, though not particularly speedy. Toyota quotes a 0-to-60-mph time of about 10 seconds. It’s fine around town, but acceleration falls off toward highway speeds. That means short, swift merging demands careful attention. It’s all due to the modest power (150 horsepower) dedicated to moving a car that weighs more than 4,000 pounds.

The main sounds on the road are tire noise and a little background whine, with occasional whirring and gurgles from the hydrogen system and its pumps. Once drivers learn the instrumentation and screen displays, they’ll find everything they need. Outward vision is about average.

Should I Buy a Current 2019 Toyota Mirai?

If you decide you want to drive a 2019 Toyota Mirai, leasing is a far better bet than outright purchase. You get the benefit of low operating costs and carpool-lane access without having to worry about the future of hydrogen cars and their infrastructure. It’s also more economical, since good lease deals are generally available.

Customers in multiple dwellings or those who park on the street may not be able to plug in an electric car overnight. For them, the Mirai may be a good alternative for cheap, green, high-tech transportation.

Should I buy a Used Toyota Mirai? Are There Any I Should Avoid?

Since it’s a relative new model, used Toyota Mirais have been scarce until now. But with the first Mirais coming off three-year leases, used Mirais might become more available. Still, because they can only be used practically in California and Hawaii, their resale market will be limited.

Mirais likely won’t retain automatic access to HOV lanes indefinitely. And without free fuel after the first three years, they become less financially advantageous. It remains to be seen how Toyota will address these concerns as more Mirais come off lease.

How Much Does the New 2019 Toyota Mirai Cost?

The 2019 Toyota Mirai carries a list price of $58,500, plus a mandatory delivery fee of $930. That’s squarely in imported luxury-sedan territory, and the Mirai is far from that. The vast majority of customers will lease their Mirai, and Toyota has been advertising attractive lease rates. In either case, the company offers free fuel for three years or $15,000, whichever comes first.

More affordable long-range battery-electric cars are entering the market each year. That makes the Mirai’s 300-mile range and zero-emissions qualities less distinctive. With fast-charging stations for EVs opening at a rapid clip, the limits of hydrogen infrastructure are more constraining.

Pros and Cons of the 2019 Toyota Mirai


  • Toyota reliability and durability
  • Zero tailpipe emissions, other than water
  • Smooth, quiet operation
  • You could have the only one in your ZIP code


  • Only available in two states
  • Limited hydrogen fueling stations
  • More trip planning required than long-range electric cars
  • Only four seats
  • Pokey acceleration at highway speeds
  • Exterior styling might be a deal-breaker for some shoppers
Model History

The History of the Toyota Mirai: Four years of Mirai

The Mirai is Toyota’s first production vehicle powered by hydrogen. It debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and went on sale in Japan in December of that year. U.S. sales began in August 2015, with the Mirai being introduced to North America as a 2016 model.

Production volumes have been low so far, and sales are restricted to regions where public hydrogen fueling stations have been set up. Halfway through 2019, only about 5,000 units had been delivered in the U.S. The Mirai is still in its first generation, and few features have changed over those years.

Toyota as a company has not invested in pure electric cars. Instead, it offers an array of hybrid models and has placed its bets for a zero-emission future on hydrogen fuel cells. Mirai means “the future” in Japanese, and the company is spending billions on developing fuel-cell vehicles.

Specs & Key Features of the 2019 Toyota Mirai


Body Style
AC Synchronous Electric Generator
151 hp
1-Speed Automatic
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • CD Player
  • Cruise Control
  • Heated Seats
  • LCD Monitor
  • LED Lights
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Monitors
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: AC Synchronous Electric Generator
  • Transmission: 1-Speed Automatic
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Steering
  • 32.3 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
  • Nickel Metal Hydride Traction Battery
  • Wheels: 17" Aluminum
  • Tires: P215/55R17 AS
  • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Black Grille
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • LED Brakelights
  • Laminated Glass
  • Radio: Entune 3.0 Premium JBL Audio w/Navigation -inc: Entune 3.0 w/dynamic navigation (3 year complimentary trial) and Entune 3.0 connected services: safety connect (3 year complimentary trial), Wi-Fi connect (6 month complimentary trial), and destination assist connect (6 month complimentary trial)
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and Entune External Memory Control
  • 11 Speakers
  • Regular Amplifier
  • Automatic Equalizer
  • Digital Signal Processor
  • Streaming Audio
  • Window Grid Antenna
  • 3 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Heated Power Front Bucket Seats -inc: power driver lumbar
  • 8-Way Driver Seat
  • 8-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Power 2-Way Lumbar Support
  • Bench Front Facing Heated Rear Seat
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Heated SofTex Leatherette Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Power Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Distance Pacing
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • SofTex Seat Trim
  • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, Rear Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat, Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Entune Safety Connect Tracker System
  • Smart Device Integration
  • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital Display
  • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
  • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Air Filtration
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Blind Spot Sensor
  • Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0 and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

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Safety Ratings for the 2019 Toyota Mirai

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2019 Toyota Mirai Sedan:

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Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating