Toyota Mirai FCV
In the months since Toyota unveiled the Mirai at last year’s Los Angeles auto show, the world’s been abuzz with talk of its homeliness. Toyota would like to take some of the chatter about the fuel-cell-juiced hydrogen car away from its questionable aesthetics and toward its capabilities. With the first cars due for delivery to California customers this fall and numbers from the EPA now in hand, maybe they can.
The pertinents? An estimated 312-mile range and 67 miles per gallon equivalent city/highway/combined. That bests Hyundai’s fuel-cell variant of the Tucson by 47 miles of range and 18 MPGe city, 16 MPGe highway, and 17 MPGe combined. The Tucson, of course, looks like a normal, everyday, average crossover, while the Mirai, well, the Mirai looks like a mechazoid Dizzy Gillespie whose cheeks just exploded.
For the first three years of your Mirai stewardship, the hydrogen’s on Toyota, along with three complimentary years of Toyota’s Entune, Safety Connect, and roadside-assistance services. They’re also throwing in scheduled maintenance for three years or 35,000 miles and an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the fuel-cell stack, fueling ECU, power control unit, fuel-cell air compressor, the hybrid battery pack and its ECU, and the power-management control module.
Will the numbers be convincing enough to get customers to see past the Mirai’s ungainly appearance? Who knows? One might recall that the first-gen Prius wasn’t exactly a looker, either.