2016 Toyota Mirai: 5 Favorite Things After 237.7 Miles
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on April 14, 2016
Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, Santa Monica, Playa del Rey, Burbank, Irvine, Costa Mesa and back to Santa Monica.
In just two days our new long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai and I covered this route together, which added up to 237.7 miles of driving.
Spend that many miles in that little amount of time behind the wheel and you learn a lot about a car. Here are five things I learned about the fuel-cell powered Mirai.
1) You can drive the Mirai in the carpool (diamond) lane regardless of how many passengers are in the vehicle. So long, suckers.
2) Its driver's seat and seating position are extremely comfortable. And its two-level (High and Low) seat heaters are plenty powerful.
3) It rides wonderfully, with its suspension soaking up everything it should but never feeling floaty or disconnected from the road. It's not sports car, but the Mirai feels planted, stable and easy to drive. It's smooth.
4) It's quick. At the test track it accelerated from 0-60 in 8.7 seconds. That doesn't exactly sound like a thrill ride, but in the real world the Mirai can leave traffic in its dust. And it will out accelerate a Toyota Prius easily.
5) This is a well-built car. Fit and finish is excellent. And everything works with precision. This is an expensive car, so it shouldn't ever feel cheap or tinny and it does not. The Mirai has a solid feel which I always find very desirable.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 2,665 miles