Toyota Mirai

Toyota Mirai Review: “A quiet and luxurious cabin like that of a premium sedan” by Tomoko Fujishima

The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Mirai released by Toyota Motor Corporation is getting attention as the next generation eco-friendly vehicle.

Its electric motor is powered by the energy produced by the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. Therefore, the acceleration is smooth and linear since there is neither a transmission structure nor an engine to produce unwanted vibrations. On top of that, a set of high-quality soundproofing glass is installed created a cabin that is quiet and peaceful. You could say that the cabin noise is similar to that of a luxury sedan.

Step on the accelerator and you get a powerful jolt from behind, which is something you’d expect from a car powered by electric motors. But the way it accelerates doesn’t come forcefully not does it feel like it’s in a hurry. It’s power delivery is typical for a Toyota, but moreover, there is a sense of cleanliness to the whole machinery.

As for the packaging, the trunk capacity is not very large due to the position of the hydrogen tank and the FC Stack. However, rear seating space is optimal, especially around your knees. Up front, a TFT Color Meter is found exhibiting the status of the vehicle at all times and the climate control panel is all touch-operated.

Seats come in colors such as blackish blue, warm white, and bluish white which have no problem encapsulating a large body. The soft-touch leather feels high quality and the overall design gives off a modern feng shui. In the end, the futuristic yet luxurious interior gives off a sense of making you want to sit and indulge in its finish.

â– Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★
Interior/Livability: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★
Footwork: ★★★
Recommendation Level: ★★★

Tomoko Fujishima | Automotive Journalist

“A car fanatic since her youth, she has been entering into one-make races since 2002. It doesn’t matter which genre, from normal cars to formula cars, she participates in various kinds of races. In 2007 she became the first female class champion at the Mazda Roadster Race. Currently she is spreading the joy of driving through contributions to auto magazines, print media, TV, and web. With perspectives as someone who loves driving and as a woman she supports car life from all fronts. Her criteria for COTY focuses on how much a vehicle can improve every day life.”

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)