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.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 22, 2016
If you like futuristic touchscreen controls, you'll love the 2016 Toyota Mirai. It has them in spades, even where you don't want them. Thankfully, there are some redundant controls on the steering wheel that use actual buttons.
Are they enough to make up for the clumsy touchscreen on the center stack? Uh...sometimes.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on July 5, 2016
I was the last one to make it out of the house this morning, and as I walked through the garage, I found my kid had already taken my spot in the passenger seat of our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai.
Ed and I were dropping her off just a few miles down the road, so rather than ruin both our mornings by issuing a firm "Move your butt" command, I climbed into the backseat instead.
What I found was a pleasant surprise.
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?"
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 20, 2015
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.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 19, 2015
The 2016 Toyota Mirai is one of several new Toyota vehicles that comes with a Qi-compatible wireless phone charging pad. Different cabins locate the pad in different areas. In the Mirai's case, the charging pad is concealed inside the center armrest bin.
It sounds like a brilliant idea. Toss your phone on the pad, press the on button and *boom* your phone is charging without a cord.
But there is a catch, and it has led to complaints — especially among iPhone users. Your phone must have designed-in wireless charging capability or be fitted into a phone case or other adapter that is compatible. Apple iPhones up to and including the 6s do not have wireless charging capability, and some Toyota buyers were not made aware of the finer points of how the Qi charging pad works (or doesn't) before they bought their new car.
The iPhone problem can be rectified with a Qi-compatible phone case, which includes some newer Mophie backpack extended battery cases. Still, your case choices are limited.
But there is another way.
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 17, 2015
If you're going to pay nearly $60,000 for a Toyota, it had better not have the interior of a $30,000 Prius. Thankfully, our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai does not. Indeed, its cabin is what I would call "Lexus Lite," wherein it's a clear step above other Toyotas yet not quite to the level of the company's luxury division.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 3, 2016
Everything about our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai, from the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain to the overall design language, screams "IT'S THE FUTURE!" I think the fuel cell bit is very interesting and I'm happy Toyota is loaning us a Mirai for our long-term fleet. It's some of the other stuff that I'm not hot on.
Now, looks are subjective, and I'm subjected to the Mirai's hideous shape every time I walk by. Other people may not agree, and that's fine. Other people are wrong all the time.
Getting inside keeps you from looking at that fish face, but the weird, semi-futuristic design carries to the interior. The seats are blue and black leather, the center mounted digital gauges carry over nearly unchanged from the Prius, but what really irks me about the interior is the large, glossy-black infotainment and HVAC control panel.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on April 28, 2016
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.
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.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 8, 2016
With sales starting late last year, the 2016 Toyota Mirai qualifies as the first fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle (FCHEV) available for public sale in North America. That's a big deal. The technology has been simmering in the background for a couple of decades, but Toyota has now reached the point where it feels comfortable selling it outright.