2016 Toyota Mirai: Old-School Parking Brake
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 26, 2016
In a hurry to get to the pharmacy before they closed, I hopped in the 2016 Toyota Mirai, hit the power button and looked for the electronic parking brake release button.
I quickly searched the center console. Nothing. I looked to the left of the steering wheel. Nothing.
"No way this thing has a manual foot-pedal parking brake," I thought, glancing down at the left side of the footwell. Again nothing.
Now feeling extreme gotta-make-the-pharmacy pressure, I resorted to exiting the Mirai, taking a deep breath, and getting back inside to look again.
With neighbors watching from their front lawn, I again got out of the car, this time bending down to look directly in the footwell.
Sure enough, there was a mechanical foot-pedal release, but fully depressed it is virtually invisible, as shown in the above photo.
Here's what it looks like when the pedal is disengaged.
Say what you will, even call me an idiot. But I had never driven the Mirai before, and never, ever did I expect that an advanced hydrogen-powered vehicle would still be using such old-school technology.
Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 6,825 miles