2016 Toyota Mirai: First Impressions
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 18, 2016
Our new 2016 Toyota Mirai is a very different kind of car. It's not only driven by an electric motor, it uses a hydrogen fuel cell to generate the electricity. Yet as revolutionary as it is from a technology standpoint, it's still very much a traditional sedan once you're behind the wheel.
The one thing that struck me the most about the Mirai over the course of a weekend was how quiet the cabin is on the road. Obviously, not having any engine noise helps, but it also has very little wind and tire noise. On some of the rare stretches of smooth highway pavement in L.A., this Mirai is as quiet as any high-end luxury car.
Seat comfort was also another surprise. I wasn't expecting anything special, but the driver seat in the Mirai fits my six-foot two frame perfectly. It has excellent bolstering along the sides and plenty of support for my thighs. I wasn't behind the wheel enough to judge long-distance comfort, but I would be surprised if they got any worse over the long haul.
There will be much more to tell as the Mirai racks up the miles, but so far it feels like a comfortable and practical sedan, as long as there are enough hydrogen stations nearby.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,136 miles