2021 Toyota Mirai

MSRP range: $49,500 - $66,000
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MSRP$52,424
Edmunds suggests you pay$50,991

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  • Longer driving range than most battery electrics
  • Spacious interior
  • Comes with up to $15,000 of free hydrogen
  • Loads of standard safety features and driver aids
  • Hydrogen stations are few and far between
  • Initial availability limited to California
  • The 2021 Mirai has been completely redesigned
  • Maximum range increased by 30% to 402 miles
  • Built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the Lexus LS
  • Kicks off the second Mirai generation
What is the Mirai?

If you believe that there are multiple timelines and in each there exists an alternative universe to this one, then perhaps in one of those timelines, using hydrogen to power an electric battery is as commonplace as gasoline engines are here. For us, the 2021 Toyota Mirai is sci-fi stuff — a car that uses compressed hydrogen gas to create electricity and power an electric motor, emitting only water as you drive quietly to your destination. It feels like an escapee from one of those alternate universes, where hydrogen stations are commonplace and the landscapes are well-watered by automotive emissions.

While the first-generation Mirai was an interesting — albeit quirky-looking — front-wheel-drive sedan, the redesigned Mirai features rear-drive underpinnings and a stylish new exterior. It's longer and wider than its predecessor, and maximum range is increased by roughly 30%. The cabin undergoes a thorough rethink as well, with luxurious materials throughout and (finally) seating for five.

It's lonely, though, to be outside your timeline. The Mirai, along with the Honda Clarity and Hyundai Nexo, can only be fueled at hydrogen fueling stations, which are currently few and far between. At the time of writing, there are just 43 public stations in California and one in Oahu, Hawaii. Unless the three automakers can lobby operators to increase the number of accessible fueling stations, the Mirai's universe, even with its 400-mile range, is a rather small one.

How does the Mirai drive?

The Mirai may have a lab's worth of chemistry under its hood, but it doesn't drive like an experiment. Since the wheels are driven by an electric motor, the Mirai feels like any other EV. Hitting the accelerator delivers immediate and adequate forward momentum, but nothing that's going to put a dent in the faux leather headrest. There's also no noticeable transition from when the battery power gives way to fuel-cell cruising. It's just smooth sailing on seas of your own H2O. There's not enough regenerative braking after throttle liftoff for one-pedal driving, but the brake pedal feels natural in operation.

With the fuel cell upfront and the electric motor and fuel tank in the rear, Toyota was able to get a near 50-50 weight distribution. This balanced weight distribution — along with the Lexus LS-based underpinnings — makes the Mirai feel stable and nimble around corners and at speed. Steering, on the other hand, is light as angel food cake, which is more preferable in baking than driving. Even in the Sport setting, which Toyota says tightens steering and sharpens acceleration, the Mirai remains smooth but not quite sporty.

How comfortable is the Mirai?

The switch to the RWD platform didn't just make more room for the drivetrain. The new Mirai's cabin is larger than the previous generation, allowing for roomier seats and an airier cabin. The thrones themselves are softly padded and heated on the XLE trim. You'll have to step up to the Limited if you want them cooled as well.

The Mirai's ride is nearly silent, with just the whir of its pedestrian warning sounds and clicks and hisses of electronics behind the dash to keep you company. Oh, there's also the annoying beep of the speed limit monitor included in the Road Sign Assist driving aid. You're going to want to turn that one off. 

How's the Mirai's interior?

Step into the Mirai's cabin, and you'll first notice the sculptural dash and horizontal 12.3-inch touchscreen. The dash kicks up at the edges like a pair of cat's eye sunglasses, while the center stack runs a ribbon of Toyota's SofTex synthetic leather down the console. Almost every touchable surface that isn't a control panel is covered in SofTex, and the material lives up to its name with a texture so smooth you'll be asking the steering wheel for its skin-care routine.

The front seats are a good mix of supportive and cushioned without morphing into overstuffed blobs, and the back seats have shaped bolsters and a reasonable amount of legroom. The Mirai now seats five, but nobody's going to volunteer for the middle seat.

How's the Mirai's tech?

The Mirai comes with a solid list of tech features, starting with an 8-inch LCD digital gauge cluster and the aforementioned central touchscreen. The latter features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility, and we can attest that the standard 14-speaker JBL stereo system can drown out all of the Mirai's electric whirs. Fuel usage can be tracked in the instrument panel or on the touchscreen, but amusingly, the embedded navigation system only lists gas stations, not hydrogen filling options.

Safety and driver assistance options abound, from a very good multi-view camera to Toyota's newest suite of safety features. Dubbed Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, the system now features pedestrian detection, which recognizes bicyclists and foot traffic in addition to four-wheeled traffic. Adaptive cruise control must be engaged above 30 mph but can bring the car down to a full stop and resume from one. It also recognizes the turn signal and can adjust speed to aid in passing and changing lanes.

One note on the Mirai's tech interface. It is easy to find the menu for the various safety-enhancing features — it's just a few clicks over in the main gauge cluster menu — but you do need to know Toyota's acronyms for the various features or you'll never be quite sure what you just engaged or disengaged. A picture symbol for lane centering assist next to "LTA" would not be unwelcome here, Toyota.

How's the Mirai's storage?

For a big car, the Mirai has a tiny trunk. This is partially because of the placement of the electric motor and fuel storage tank, and partially because of the thick rear decklid to protect said fuel storage tank. The end result is a trunk that measures 9.6 cubic feet and a small opening to get to it. Interior storage doesn't add much to that. The center console can hold a phone or two and a wallet, and there are the usual cupholders and map pockets, but you're not going to be hauling much home from the local DIY store in the Mirai.

How economical is the Mirai?

Ah, now we get to the troubles and the temptations of the Mirai. First off, while the 2021 Mirai costs less than the outgoing model, it's still nearly double the cost of a Prius, and hydrogen — if you can find a working station — is expensive. During our long-term test of a 2016 Toyota Mirai, we calculated that it cost four times more per mile than our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius. Toyota currently helps defray this cost by providing new owners or lessees a card good for three years of free hydrogen up to a maximum of $15,000, and this program will continue for the 2021 Mirai as well. It's still not a budget move, but the Mirai exists as encouragement for other manufacturers and city planners to invest in the infrastructure for hydrogen. It's a car you buy as a statement of belief, not for the most logical dollar-per-mile outlay.

What are the Mirai's trim levels?

The previous-generation Mirai came in only one trim level, but for 2021, you can get the Mirai in XLE and Limited forms.

XLE

Feature highlights include:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Eight-way power driver's seat and four-way power passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Imitation leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • 14-speaker JBL audio system
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa connectivity
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

Every Mirai comes with a suite of advanced safety features. These include:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Toyota and the car in front)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)

The optional Advanced Technology package adds:

  • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Mirai and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

Limited

Builds on top of XLE features with:

  • Advanced Technology package
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Automatic wipers
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Eight-way power passenger seat
  • Heated and ventilated front and rear seats
  • Rear touchscreen control panel
  • Ambient lighting
  • Rear sunshades
  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)

The sole option for the Mirai Limited is a set of 20-inch wheels.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The 2021 Toyota Mirai is an electric car for a small audience. Stations that supply its hydrogen fuel are limited in number and largely unavailable outside of California's urban centers. But the redesigned car is pleasant and attractive, and its green cred is untouchable. Plus, you get to thumb your nose at Tesla drivers having to plug in and wait for their cars to charge.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Toyota Mirai.

Average user rating: 3.4 stars
5 total reviews
5 star reviews: 60%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 40%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

1/5 stars, Lack of Hydrogen Supply - Always OUT!
Parked Mirai,
XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT)
As an owner of a Toyota Mirai, they are really great cars, but the major drawback is NO Hydrogen supply. Its TWO weeks now that the car has been sitting on the driveway waiting for hydrogen. Unless you have a secondary car, hey something else. If you check the online hydrogen station website, there are very few, and those that have Hydrogen rarely have them in stock. Until they fix the infrastructure, it's a lot of money sitting on the driveway.
5/5 stars, Range
Granddental,
XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT)
I like everything except range. The actual range may be 279 to 330.Not 402. I don't know how they drive to get that.
1/5 stars, Toyota Mirai makes no sense - the worst choice!
SergeZ,
Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT)
Poor handling and acceleration. Also, Don't be fooled with $15,000 fuel card. Its worth nothing since there is no hydrogen! Toyota promised 312 miles of range and in reality you get only 200 miles with full fuel tank. Additionally, there is major issue with refueling the car. Sometimes, you can fill only half of tank because refueling issues that Toyota do not want to admit and they do not want you to know that when you are signing the lease. With 100 miles of range this car is unusable. You will be just paying for car that sits in your garage and collect the dust. Worst decision I'v ever made. Shame on Toyota!
5/5 stars, Astonishingly fast, free fuel for ~3 years, pretty
TimP,
Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT)
The new 2021 model is superb inside and out. I have the Limited Edition which comes with sunroof, larger wheels, Heads-up-display and other titillations. They have taken all prior quibbles and tried to address them producing the best Toyota (any model) ever. Superbly fast, unbelievable corner handling, extremely high equipment level, stylish and sporty good looks and a sports mode for when you have the space to use it. H2 is the fuel of the future - you just don't know it yet.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$49,500
MPG & Fuel
76 City / 71 Hwy / 74 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: N/A capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
N/A cylinder
Horsepower: 182 hp @ N/A rpm
Torque: 221 lb-ft @ N/A rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 195.8 in. / Height: 57.9 in. / Width: 74.2 in.
Curb Weight: 4255 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 9.6 cu.ft.
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FAQ

Is the Toyota Mirai a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Mirai both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Toyota Mirai fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Mirai gets an EPA-estimated 65 mpg to 74 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Mirai has 9.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Mirai. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Toyota Mirai?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Toyota Mirai:

  • The 2021 Mirai has been completely redesigned
  • Maximum range increased by 30% to 402 miles
  • Built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the Lexus LS
  • Kicks off the second Mirai generation
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Is the Toyota Mirai reliable?

To determine whether the Toyota Mirai is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Mirai. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Mirai's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Toyota Mirai a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Toyota Mirai is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Mirai is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Toyota Mirai?

The least-expensive 2021 Toyota Mirai is the 2021 Toyota Mirai XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $49,500.

Other versions include:

  • XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT) which starts at $49,500
  • Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT) which starts at $66,000
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What are the different models of Toyota Mirai?

If you're interested in the Toyota Mirai, the next question is, which Mirai model is right for you? Mirai variants include XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT), and Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT). For a full list of Mirai models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Toyota Mirai

2021 Toyota Mirai Overview

The 2021 Toyota Mirai is offered in the following submodels: Mirai Sedan. Available styles include XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT), and Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT).

What do people think of the 2021 Toyota Mirai?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Toyota Mirai and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Mirai 3.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Mirai.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Toyota Mirai?

2021 Toyota Mirai XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT)

The 2021 Toyota Mirai XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,424. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Mirai XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT) is trending $1,433 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,433 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $50,991.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Mirai XLE 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT) is 2.7% below the MSRP.

2021 Toyota Mirai Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT)

The 2021 Toyota Mirai Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $68,609. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Mirai Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT) is trending $1,883 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,883 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $66,726.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Mirai Limited 4dr Sedan (electric (fuel cell) CVT) is 2.7% below the MSRP.

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