The 2020 Toyota Mirai is an electric sedan powered by an onboard fuel cell in which hydrogen and oxygen react to make the electricity that powers the car. The only emission is water. Unfortunately, hydrogen fueling stations aren’t found around every corner, and the Mirai is sold only in California and Hawaii. Only about 6,000 Mirais have been sold since 2015.
If you live in one of these two states, you can buy or lease this 4-seat Toyota sedan, which is a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) with a range of 312 miles.
Unsurprisingly for a premium-class vehicle with an MSRP of nearly $60,00, the Mirai comes very well equipped with luxury, safety and tech features. Adaptive cruise control is standard, as are automatic emergency braking and heated seats. As a fuel-cell electric vehicle, the Mirai is eligible for a $4,500 rebate in California.
Other new FCEVs to consider are the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and the Hyundai Nexo, both of which are available only in California. See the 2020 Toyota Mirai models for sale near you
What’s New for 2020?
The Toyota Mirai is unchanged for 2020. Toyota has increased the warranty protection on the Mirai’s large nickel-metal-hydride battery, though. Last year, the battery warranty was good for eight years or 100,000 miles, and this year it has been improved to 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.
What We Like
- No need to plug it in
- Refuels in five minutes
- Complimentary hydrogen for three years
- Only emission is water
- No oil changes
What We Don’t
- Where’s the hydrogen station?
- Sold only in California and Hawaii
- Honda Clarity FCEV is roomier and has better range (366 miles)
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2020 Toyota Mirai is $58,550, plus a destination fee of $955. A 36-month lease is also available for $2,499 down and $389 a month.
The 2020 Toyota Mirai is rated by the EPA at 67 MPGe, and it has a range of 312 miles. At the hydrogen station, it takes about five minutes to fill the Mirai’s tanks, which have an operating pressure of approximately 10,000 psi.
Toyota, for the record, provides Mirai buyers with three years of free hydrogen, a benefit that’s capped at $15,000.
A few quick comparisons: The Honda Clarity FCEV is rated at 68 MPGe, and it has a range of 366 miles. The Hyundai Nexo is rated at 57 MPGe, and it has a range of 354 miles. The Hyundai Nexo Blue is better, with 61 MPGe and a range of 380 miles.
Standard Features & Options
The 2020 Toyota Mirai comes one way: generously equipped. Entune connectivity is standard, as are three years of Roadside Assistance and Safety Connect, which includes an app that helps you find hydrogen stations.
Other standard Mirai fare includes dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, an 11-speaker JBL audio system (with navigation) and push-button start. Adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking are also standard, along with a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert.
No factory options are offered on the Toyota Mirai.
The Mirai’s standard safety suite is called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. In addition to automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection) and a lane-departure alert, it includes adaptive cruise control and Road Sign Assist, which detects speed limit signs and displays them on the Mirai’s information display.
Safety Connect, Toyota’s emergency assistance feature, is also standard on the 2020 Toyota Mirai. Its services include roadside assistance, a stolen-vehicle locator and automatic collision notification.
In addition, the 4-seat Mirai has eight standard airbags and special sensors that disconnect the battery and close the hydrogen valves in a collision.
Behind the Wheel
The 2020 Toyota Mirai drives just like a standard electric car. You’d never know a fuel cell was at work below you turning hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. It’s a quiet car, and while the silence takes some getting used to, the driving experience is much like that of the Toyota Prius.
Once you press the start button and shift into Drive, it’s a simple matter of pressing the accelerator to begin driving. The good torque of the electric motor provides brisk acceleration, and the suspension tuning feels like that of the Prius – soft and comfortable but not especially sporty.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Toyota Prius — Sure, the Toyota Prius is not a fuel-cell vehicle, but this godfather of all gasoline-electric hybrids squeezes up to 58 miles out of a single gallon of gasoline.
2020 Honda Clarity FCEV — This Honda FCEV is roomier than the Mirai, and it has significantly better range. It’s much less expensive too, and it’s also quicker than the Toyota.
2020 Hyundai Nexo — The Nexo is a compact fuel-cell SUV with 380 miles of range when you order the extra-efficient Nexo Blue model. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
2020 Kia Niro — The Niro is available in three variants: a standard gas-electric hybrid, a plug-in hybrid (with 26 miles of EV range) and a pure EV that can go 239-miles on a single charge.
Used Toyota Mirai — Toyota’s Mirai FCEV has been around since 2015, which means you can find low-mileage used ones on Autotrader.com with considerable savings.
Questions You May Ask
What is the range of the Toyota Mirai?
The 2020 Toyota Mirai is a fuel-cell electric vehicle with a range of 312 miles.
How long does it take to refuel the Mirai?
It takes about five minutes to refill the Mirai with hydrogen.
How many seats does the Mirai have seat?
The Toyota Mirai is a 4-door sedan with four seats.
Is there an all-new Mirai coming out soon?
Yes. An all-new 2021 Toyota Mirai based on a rear-wheel-drive platform will arrive late in 2020. It looks almost identical to the Mirai concept revealed at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Where is the Toyota Mirai built?
The Toyota Mirai is built in Japan at Toyota’s Motomachi factory.
With its onboard hydrogen fuel cell, the 2020 Toyota Mirai generates its own electricity and never needs to be plugged in. Every few hundred miles, though, you’ll need to refill this Toyota at a hydrogen station, and those are currently only found in California and Hawaii.
If you live near a hydrogen station, life with a Mirai is good. It may be easier, in fact, to live with a fuel-cell electric vehicle than with a battery-electric car that needs to be charged each night. While the success of the FCEV relates directly to the hydrogen infrastructure, Toyota remains bullish on the technology. Need proof? An all-new 2021 Mirai arrives in the U.S. later this year. Find a Toyota Mirai for sale