1. Toyota Mirai 2019 - the car of Future
The Japanese marque picked the name Mirai, with respect to what they project to be the future of motoring. In Japanese, “Mirai” means “Future,” - the 2019 Toyota Mirai is nothing short of that. It runs exclusively on hydrogen and its only emissions are water. We’d establish how that works in the next heading.
At the moment, you can only purchase the Mirai where the infrastructure for hydrogen fueling exists. This can be found in California, where it’s also being leased. Its range is around 300 miles and refueling takes approximately five minutes. This is considered to be a downside. Hydrogen fueling infrastructure is limited, and so the rest of the world will just have to wait.
To buy a 2019 Toyota Mirai, you have to order one from California
Toyota is offering a respectable warranty deal on the Mirai: Fuel is included for the first three years of ownership (worth $15,000), the powertrain has an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty, which covers key fuel cell vehicle components. You can check out the full warranty package here.
2. How does Hydrogen work in a Toyota Mirai?
According to Toyota, here’s how a Toyota Mirai is powered:
- When you pump hydrogen into the vehicle, the hydrogen gas travels to carbon-fiber-reinforced fuel tanks where it’s stored.
- The fuel cell electric vehicle front intake grilles deliver the outside air to the fuel cell stack.
- Hydrogen travels from the tanks to the fuel cell stack. There, it goes through a chemical reaction involving the oxygen in the air, creating electricity to power the vehicle.
- When you put your foot on the accelerator, electricity from the fuel cell stack is sent to the motor.
- In the end, the only by-product of creating electricity with hydrogen and oxygen in the Mirai’s fuel cell stack is water, which exits out of the tailpipe.
Water is the only tailpipe emission created by the fuel-cell system
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3. Toyota Mirai 2019 aerodynamic exterior
Considering the 2019 Toyota Mirai is a futuristic vehicle, it looks really good and attractive on the outside. With LED stop lights, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and a host of other striking exterior features, the Mirai will definitely turn heads in traffic.
The Mirai comes with a futuristic and aerodynamic exterior styling
Every aspect of Mirai is just as innovative as the fuel cell technology
4. Toyota Mirai 2019 Smart interior and infotainment
The seats are very comfortable for four adults. In the Toyota Mirai 2019, the middle rear seat is filled with hydrogen-related stuff. Climate controls are operated via a touchpad and as a standard feature, the front seats are heated.
Also, the Mirai uses a Prius-style drive shifter but does so with an electronic parking brake that’s activated by a round button with “P” on it.
Compared to regular Sedans, the cargo area in the back of the Mirai is smaller. This is so because of the hydrogen tanks, and it means four passengers will have to travel without so much load. Considering the unique "hydrogen nature" of the Mirai, this shouldn't be a problem. The Mirai will only be driven within locations that have hydrogen fueling stations, which are only located in California and Hawaii.
Mirais are equipped with 17-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, water release control, synthetic leather upholstery, integrated backup camera display with projected path, intelligent touch controls for heated seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Some of the infotainment features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay compatibility, 11 speakers including subwoofer, amplifier, two USB charge ports, Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon, Dynamic voice recognition, and Destination Assist Connect with 6-month trial.
The interior is nice and cozy for 4 people, plus the seats have high-quality leather
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5. Toyota Mirai 2019 Performance
As established earlier, the first aim of the 2019 Toyota Mirai is emission-free driving. For simplicity sake, the vehicle is powered by a 153-hp fuel-cell stack, which in turn is powered by compressed hydrogen. When this is combined with oxygen, it creates electricity to power a motor that drives the front wheels.
The steering weight is perfect for a luxury sedan, it's not too light, neither is it too heavy. For handling, the Mirai drives conveniently for daily use, and it's easy to maneuver in tight places.
Torque - 247 lb.-ft
Drivetrain - Front-Wheel Drive
Steering - Electric Power Steering (EPS); power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Refueling time - Approximately 5 minutes
The "Warm White" interior is nothing short of exceptional
6. Toyota Mirai 2019 Safety
A bundle of active safety features: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams, and a lot more sub-features. These advanced features are included in most new Toyota vehicles at no additional cost, designed to help protect you and your passengers from harm.
Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Front and rear parking assist sonar
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature
Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer
Regardless of mileage, ToyotaCare offers enhanced roadside assistance for three years, at no cost
7. How pricey is the Toyota Mirai 2019?
It costs about $58,500, which is the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price). Converted to Naira, we’re looking at a luxury fee of N21 million.
To be honest, with that amount of money, you can buy several brand new Toyota, Kia or Hyundai cars that run on fuel. However, it's up to you whether you want to protect the environment and enjoy a futuristic ride or not.
Watch the video below to better understand how it's like to drive a hydrogen car!
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