2018 Toyota Mirai Sedan
- The 2018 Toyota Mirai is unchanged
- Part of the first Mirai generation introduced for 2016
- Long driving range bests most other battery electrics
- Comfortable and quiet to drive
- Limited production guarantees exclusivity
- Doesn't feel as expensive as it is
- Available only in California
- Hydrogen stations are few and far between
Which Mirai does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating3.5 / 5
If you're looking to stop burning fossil fuels for transportation but you don't find the driving range and recharging times of battery electric cars to be sufficient, the 2018 Toyota Mirai may be perfect.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, such as the Mirai, convert pressurized hydrogen into electricity that is used to drive an electric motor. Because they are electrically powered, there are no tailpipe emissions. Yet with its tanks full of hydrogen, the Mirai can go about 300 miles, which is more than most other similarly priced battery electric cars, and you can fill it up at a hydrogen refueling station in just a few minutes.
The main issue is that while you can quickly refuel a Mirai with hydrogen, the lack of filling stations will curb your desire for one. For 2018, there are just a handful of stations in California and none in the rest of the country. Also, with seating for four and no fold-down rear seats, the Mirai might not be the best for family use.
trim levels & features
Sales of the 2018 Toyota Mirai are restricted to California because the Golden State is the only state with a hydrogen refueling infrastructure sufficient to support a reasonable driving pattern. As a hydrogen fuel cell car, the Mirai is a laboratory on wheels. Toyota is limiting the production of Mirais to a relatively small number, so all Mirais will be equipped identically, with only one trim level and no options.
It comes pretty well-equipped, though. All Mirais have keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, a navigation system, premium audio, eight-way power-adjustable, and heated seats and a heated steering wheel. It's plenty comfortable.
The fuel cell electric powertrain develops 151 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. The EPA gives the Mirai a 66 miles per kilogram of hydrogen (mpkg) estimate. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell rates 67 mpkg. Read more about the Mirai's real-world fuel efficiency in our Mirai long-term test.
noise & vibration5
ease of use3
getting in/getting out4
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Mirai safety features:
- Pre-Collision System
- Automatically applies brakes when it detects a likely collision to reduce severity of the crash.
- Lane Departure Alert
- Provides visual and auditory alerts when the system detects an imminent lane departure.
- Automatic High Beams
- Switches the headlights' high-beam setting on and off automatically depending on circumstances.
Toyota Mirai vs. the competition
2018 Toyota Mirai
2018 Honda Clarity
Toyota Mirai vs. Honda Clarity
The Clarity is the only other hydrogen fuel cell car that's readily available in California. It is filled with just as many technology features as the Mirai, but they are easier to use thanks to some similarities with other Honda products. It's a little smaller than the Mirai, but that also makes it slightly more efficient.
Toyota Mirai vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Bolt doesn't have as much range as the Mirai, and it's smaller, but interior space is actually more useful thanks to its fold-flat rear seats. When equipped with DC fast charging, the Bolt becomes easy to live with, especially considering the number of charging stations that are now available nationwide.
Toyota Mirai vs. Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid
With a combination of gasoline engine and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Ioniq PHEV is a good toe-in-the-water test to see how tolerant you are of alternative energy sources. Unlike the Mirai, with its limited fuel availability, the Ioniq PHEV will run happily on regular gasoline and electricity. Of course, you're still burning fossil fuels, but at least the Ioniq is miserly with its fuel.
The 2018 Toyota Mirai is a midsize four-seat sedan that uses a hydrogen fuel cell to generate electricity to power its relatively typical electric drivetrain. Instead of storing its electricity in a big battery, the Mirai stores its energy in strong carbon-fiber pressure vessels. With a full tank of hydrogen, the Mirai can travel up to 300 miles, and the only thing to come out of the tailpipe is water.
Unfortunately, if you want to drive the future, you'll need to move to California. It's the only state so far with a reasonable number of hydrogen fueling stations, and most stations are clustered in major cities.
Toyota offers the Mirai in a single trim level, which comes nicely equipped with navigation, power seats, a premium audio system, adaptive cruise control and other luxury-oriented features. As this is a very limited-production vehicle, there are no options.
A 151-horsepower electric motor drives the front wheels, and it's powerful enough to accelerate the Mirai from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds. That's not a terribly quick time, but in real-world driving it's certainly sufficient. Unlike a gasoline engine, the electric motor can deliver all of its rated torque no matter how fast it's rotating, so there's a nice sense of urgency when you prod the accelerator around town. At highway speeds, however, the Mirai feels more sluggish.
The overall driving experience is similar to what you get with a typical EV. The steering is direct and accurate, and the Mirai's narrow width makes maneuvering easy. But if you drive it hard around turns, it begins to feel like what it is: a heavy car on low-grip, eco-friendly tires.
The Mirai's interior styling reflects the out-of-this-world nature of the exterior. The seats offer plenty of head- and legroom, but the Mirai's narrow width seems to squeeze its occupants at hip level. We like the center-mounted instrument screen, and the infotainment system is reasonably straightforward, but we don't care for the touch-sensitive climate controls. The Mirai has a decent-size trunk, but what you see is what you get. Because of the location of the hydrogen fuel tank, the back seat cannot be folded down, and there's no center pass-through.
The only other directly comparable vehicle is the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. Similar in execution to the Mirai, the Clarity is a little smaller on the outside and inside, but that translates to a little more efficiency and range.
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2018 Toyota Mirai Sedan Overview
The 2018 Toyota Mirai Sedan is offered in the following styles: , and 4dr Sedan (electric DD).
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