2016 Toyota Mirai: Can't Say You Weren't Warned
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 2, 2016
This is what you see on the dashboard when you power up our 2016 Toyota Mirai. It's a little startling to say the least. I can't help but think, "Is there really that much stuff that can go wrong?"
Turns out there's nothing to be worried about. The Mirai is no more prone to issues than any other conventionally-powered car. Most of these warnings are for fairly mainstream things like a low tire or leaving the parking brake on.
The reason it looks so daunting is the fact that they're clustered all together on one screen instead of being spread out across the dashboard like most cars. The centrally-mounted display screen is one of the Mirai's more unusual design elements.
It certainly looks different, but it's not my favorite setup. Having to look to the right to see your vehicle speed or one of these warning lights isn't the most natural driving habit. Sure, you grow accustomed to it, but a more conventional layout would be preferable. Then again, Toyota wants people to be constantly reminded that the Mirai is anything but conventional so it's no surprise that it features such an unusual layout.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,314 miles