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 Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on September 30, 2016
For the return voyage on our alt-fuel road trip from Santa Monica to Lake Tahoe, Dan Edmunds and I switch cars. This time, I'll be in our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai and he'll take the 2016 Tesla Model X.
There's a wrinkle, though.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 15, 2016
This morning I stopped at the hydrogen pump on Long Beach Blvd. to fill up and had a quick conversation with a representative of True Zero, the company that maintains the system. As I started the fill process, he came over to tell me that the pump was registering the wrong numbers on the screen, so he would have to take a minute to reset things.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on June 22, 2016
Heavy steering can be good. And heavy steering can be bad. In the case of the 2016 Toyota Mirai it is both. Let me explain...
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 14, 2016
Just to the left of the steering wheel in our our 2016 Toyota Mirai is a cluster of buttons. You might recognize the buttons on the outside (auto high beams, instrument panel brightness), but that one in the middle is unique to the Mirai. So what does it do, exactly?
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on June 10, 2016
Attention Air Products, Inc — get your act together.
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 Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 28, 2016
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.