2016 Toyota Mirai: Everything Is Heated
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 20, 2016
For a car that's only available in California at this point, the 2016 Toyota Mirai sure doesn't skimp on providing things that are heated. This panel at the bottom of the center stack includes controls for driver and front passenger seat heaters, the heated steering wheel and even heated windshield wipers.
Why all the heat? I have no idea. The seat heaters aren't unexpected, but a warmed steering wheel is a little bit extravagant in a car like this. I've seen a few vehicles with heated windshield wipers, but those cars were usually all-wheel drive models that were destined for duty in some hamlet in New England.
For the record, the seat heaters warm up quickly and maintain a comfortable temperature. They are two-stage heaters, so you can put it on low if you just want to soothe a sore back. Same goes for the rear seats, which get the same dual-level setup.
Since there hasn't been a chill in the air around here for many months, I can't vouch for the effectiveness of the heated windshield wipers. Someday when the temperature drops below freezing, I'll turn them on and stick a food thermometer in them to see just how warm they really get. I'm guessing they'll barely rise above 32 degrees F. Which, technically, is enough.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,269 miles