What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Toyota Mirai? What does it compare to?
The 2022 Toyota Mirai is a large sedan powered by hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The Mirai, which emphasizes a luxurious ride, feels at times like it could wear the Lexus badge, and it goes up to 402 miles on a tank of hydrogen. Availability is limited to where a hydrogen infrastructure has been built to support it—which in the U.S. is in select regions of California. It compares to the Hyundai Nexo and Honda Clarity Fuel Cell.
Is the 2022 Toyota Mirai a good car?
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When judged purely for what it is, and not the logistics surrounding keeping it fueled, the Mirai is attractive, well-designed, and comfortable—with engaging steering and handling. It earns a TCC Rating of 7.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2022 Toyota Mirai?
For 2022, the Mirai gets a version of Toyota’s Teammate system, which otherwise for the U.S. debuts on the Lexus LS. It includes a set of assisted-driving functions, allowing auto-steering, automated lane changes, and automated passing—all with the assumption that the driver will still be paying attention to the road ahead.
Everything else carries over for this hydrogen-powered technology flagship, which was completely redesigned for 2021. Everything. The 2021 Mirai had nothing to do with its predecessor other than the fuel, and it marked the debut of a a new sport-sedan shape, a new rear-wheel-drive layout, and a new generation for Toyota’s fuel-cell stack, which produces electricity, allowing the Mirai to deliver its power as an electric car.
To get that fast roofline, the long-nose sport-sedan proportions, and the strong stance, the Mirai starts with the platform from the latest Lexus LS luxury flagship. The Mirai looks great from about every angle—and with that you can simply forget the gawky front-wheel-drive predecessor that had this name prior to last year.
A 1.2-kwh battery pack helps buffer the energy from the fuel-cell stack, and the Mirai makes 182 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque through a rear-mounted electric motor. Just about 12 pounds of the lightest element is compressed to about 10,000 psi, in three cylindrical hydrogen tanks, enabling a driving range of up to 402 miles.
Interior space isn’t a strong suit here, though. Although the Mirai is about 196 inches long—Avalon-sized—it feels barely Corolla-sized on the inside. Be prepared for a back seat that simply isn’t comfortable for 6-footers. If that’s acceptable, it’s a classy affair inside, with a pleasing mashup of top-level Toyota trims mated with design themes that feel more Lexus.
How much does the 2022 Toyota Mirai cost?
Toyota hasn’t hiked the Mirai’s price despite the supply issues that have affected the auto industry last year. The 2022 Mirai XLE costs $50,455, including the $955 destination charge. Both versions include a full array of active-safety features. The Limited model, at a starting price of $66,955 feels even more like a luxury car, adding perforated upholstery, heated and cooled seats all around, and a fold-down armrest/console in back.
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