The 2019 Toyota Mirai is a four-seat, hydrogen fuel cell sedan available in California. One of the challenges for consumers is the lack of a fuel distribution network. As of this writing, nearly all hydrogen fuel stations are found in California, which is why you can only purchase one in the Golden State. Toyota is one of several parties helping to build out a hydrogen fuel network, but it lacks federal and corporate support.
If you want a 2019 Toyota Mirai you’ll find it in one trim. Toyota prices the Mirai from $59,430, including the $930 destination charge. This price includes complimentary fuel for three years, up to a maximum of $15,000. There are no package upgrades available.
Powering the 2019 Mirai is a hydrogen fuel cell system comprised of a fuel cell stack, electric motor, drive battery, a boost converter, and a hydrogen storage unit. It makes 153 horsepower, which equals the typical four-cylinder gas engine. The Mirai accepts compressed hydrogen fuel, which takes about five minutes to fill.
Once filled, the Mirai delivers a zero-to-60 mph time of about nine seconds. This front-wheel-drive model has an EPA-estimated 312-mile driving range, and achieves 67 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe) city, 67 MPGe highway, and 67 MPGe combined. Other models in this segment include the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, and the new-for-2019 Hyundai Nexo.
The list of standard features includes full LED lights (headlights, daytime running lights, and stop lights), rain-sensing wipers, power-operated and heated side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and keyless entry. Inside, the cabin features push-button start, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, fabric seats, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Among the tech features is an 11-speaker JBL audio system with Bluetooth, navigation, satellite radio, and HD Radio. You’ll also find Wi-Fi, USB ports, and wireless charging. On the safety front, all models come with a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, road edge detection, sway warning, automatic high beams, road sign assist, and adaptive cruise control.
You’ll need to work closely with your California Toyota dealer to find a 2019 Toyota Mirai. We recommend leasing one, as the long-term value of this car may not hold up. Also, if the hydrogen segment doesn’t grow, you can cut your losses and move on to a Prius.
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