2015 Toyota Mirai

The Odd Face of Tomorrow. Fuel cell-powered electric sedan.

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A hydrogen fuel cell-powered sedan whose name means "future," the Toyota Mirai is set to become available starting fall 2015. Initially, the Mirai will be available to lease in select markets where a hydrogen refueling infrastructure exists, such as California. The Mirai has a range of about 300 miles and should take about five minutes to refuel, comparable to a gasoline-powered car, according to Toyota. The Mirai's styling has drawn mixed reviews at the various auto shows. While it's true that Toyota has made sure no one will mistake the Mirai for anything else, it's also true that "anything else" must be said to include "a handsome vehicle." Still, the Japanese auto giant deserves some credit for making a bold statement. The Prius, after all, looked bizarre when it was first released as well and it went on to be the car that virtually defined the hybrid category in the first decade of the 21st century.

While many consumers are unsure of how a hydrogen fuel cell works, its primary advantages are low tailpipe emissions and speedy refueling. First proposed in 1838, a fuel cell uses an oxidation reaction to convert chemical potential energy directly into electric current. Unlike battery-powered vehicles, which take an appreciable amount of time to recharge, fuel cell cars can be refueled on the go. Finding a hydrogen station, for now, remains challenging, unless you happen to live near one of the scattered gas stations offering the diatomic fuel in Southern California. Pricing for the Mirai is expected to be around $60,000, but with lease prices in the $300 per month range. In addition, Mirai customers will initially be offered free refueling for the duration of their three-year lease terms.

Warranty/Service: 8-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, 3-year/36,000-mile free maintenance, roadside assistance and refueling

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Specs

Base Price: $60,000

  • 56 / 59 mpg
  • EPA
  • 9 sec
  • 0-60
  • 151 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: AC synchronous electric motor
  • Horsepower: 151 hp
  • Torque: 247
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct
  • Curb Weight: 4,015 lbs
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc with regenerative braking
  • Suspension: n/a
  • Traction: n/a
  • 0-60 mph: 9 sec
  • EPA City: 56 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 59 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: n/a

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