The Mirai made its debut back in 2014, featuring the Toyota Fuel Cell System or TFCS. Now in its second generation, the hydrogen-fueled sedan has clearly come a long way from its initial days. The 2023 Toyota Mirai is the third model year for the more stylish, efficient, and luxurious second-gen model. Here’s everything you need to know about it:
The angular yet chiseled front fascia of the 2023 Toyota Mirai is striking to look at, with the bulging but sleek main lights pairing with another set of LED lights in the bumper. The blue-hued Toyota emblem sits right at the tip of the nose, underscored by a massive air dam that’s partially covered for lower drag. The latter even wears a wide chrome ‘wing’ for that luxury appeal. Note that the hood looks and feels smooth, devoid of any unnecessary creases or bulges – all in the name of aerodynamics.
The side profile of the Mirai looks elegant and sporty – courtesy of the smooth lines, a coupe-esque roof, and the squatted stance. A thin strip of chrome runs between the A- and C-pillar, while the front fenders have been flared outwards, and the rear portion features a pronounced curvature as well. If optioned with the chrome-finished 20-inch wheels, ignoring a passing Mirai would be difficult. However, the oversized wing mirrors look ungainly in an otherwise tidy design.
The steeply-raked rear windscreen leads to a ducktail spoiler at the back, which certainly adds to the sportiness of the design. There’s the blue-hued Toyota logo here as well, flanked by full-LED taillights that feature distinctive 3D elements inside. The ‘upside-down’ design element from older Mirais can be seen here as well, though it isn’t as jarring anymore.
|Dimension||Toyota Mirai Specification|
|Turning Diameter||38.5 ft.|
|Curb Weight||4,255 lbs. (XLE)/4,335 lbs. (Limited)|
|Cargo Volume||9.6 cu. ft.|
|Ground Clearance||5.9 in.|
Interior & features
The interior of the 2023 Toyota Mirai is a uniquely-styled yet comfortable place to be in. The most pronounced aspects of design inside the Mirai come from the peculiar manner in which certain parts of the dashboard and center console have been styled. Moreover, the dual-tone cabin makes the whole space feel airier and ups the perceived quality and luxury quotient. Toyota has also integrated ‘Mirai’ above the driver’s-side air vent while making plentiful use of copper-colored & gloss black trim in the key areas.
The texture and feel of materials differ from one location to the next, while the cool ambient lighting accentuates the interior’s overall feeling of calm and comfort. The perforated leatherette seats look great while also being supportive and comfortable. While the operation of the gear selector might feel finicky to some, the orientation of the center screen is certainly apt for those in the driver’s seat. Tall occupants might complain about the headroom being a bit tight, but the windows are big enough and the seats have ample padding as well. However, the rear of the Mirai is only perfect for carrying two adults.
Those wanting an extensive list of features won’t be disappointed with the 2023 Mirai. It can be had with heated & power-folding ORVMs with integrated puddle lights, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-operated steering wheel with memory, 8-color LED ambient lighting, Active Sound Control, climate-controlled seats, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, plus a wireless charger. Rear passengers of the 2023 Mirai also get a touchscreen control unit, allowing them to control the HVAC system, rear sunshade, seat heating & ventilation, and audio controls.
Finally, buyers have access to Toyota’s Advanced Drive System Services with a 10-year trial subscription. Connected Services brings separate entities such as Drive Connect, Remote Connect, and Safety Connect. Depending on the services, customers can avail of features like cloud-based navigation with Google Points of Interest (POI) data & Intelligent Assistant, remote vehicle-status tracking via a smartwatch, or devices with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and Stolen Vehicle Locator plus Emergency Roadside Assistance.
New for MY2023
The 2023 Mirai comes fitted with the new Toyota Audio Multimedia system, comprising a 12.3-inch touchscreen head unit that supports wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, along with SiriusXM radio and Amazon Music. There’s also a 14-speaker premium audio system by JBL, plus an AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot.
As mentioned earlier in the story, the Mirai uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS). Basically, the system consists of 3 hydrogen tanks with a combined capacity of 5.6 kg (12.3 lbs.), a 1.24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and a fuel cell stack consisting of 330 cells. The fuel cell stack mixes the hydrogen from the tank with oxygen from the air, and a chemical reaction produces current.
The second-gen Mirai’s fuel cell stack is about 20% smaller and 50% lighter than the first-gen model’s unit, so fits easily under the hood. The smaller footprint of the stack allowed Toyota to give the car RWD drivetrain layout instead of FWD like the first-gen model, in which the fuel cell stack was located under a raised section of the passenger compartment floor.
A rear-mounted AC synchronous motor then powers the rear wheels with 182 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque, enabling the Mirai to hit 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. Any excess electricity goes into the small battery pack for later use. Toyota claims the hydrogen tank can be refueled in 5 minutes, while the EPA-estimated maximum range is between 357 and 402 miles.
|Aspect||Toyota Mirai Specification|
|No. of Electric Motors||One (rear)|
|0 to 60 MPH||9.2 seconds|
|Fuel Capacity (3 Hydrogen Tanks)||5.6 kg (12.3 lbs.)|
|Battery Capacity||1.24 kWh|
|Refueling Time||5 minutes at 87.5 MPa|
|Projected EPA-est. Range||402 miles (XLE)/357 miles (Limited)|
|Projected EPA-est. Energy Efficiency (city/highway/combined)||XLE:76 MPGe/71 MPGe/74 MPGe|
Limited: 67 MPGe/64 MPGe/65 MPGe
Price & Release Date
The 2023 Toyota Mirai costs USD 49,500 and USD 66,000 in the XLE and Limited trims, respectively. Do note that this doesn’t take into account the delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of USD 1,095. What is fascinating to note here is Toyota hasn’t increased the prices of the Mirai, despite almost every other model in its line-up having had their MSRPs hiked due to various reasons.
The second-gen Mirai is only available in California – primarily in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Apparently, the main reason behind this is reportedly the lack of sufficient hydrogen fuel stations across the rest of the United States. The updated, 2023 version could begin reaching dealerships in the coming weeks.
The latest iteration of the Mirai goes to show Toyota’s prowess in all forms of powertrain and fuel systems. Being as tricky as it is, hydrogen-fueled cars are few and far in between. While you could get yourself its Korean alternative, the Mirai is the only one right now that’s available in a sedan form factor.
2023 Toyota Mirai FAQs
What is the 2023 Toyota Mirai release date?
The 2023 Toyota Mirai should begin arriving at dealerships in the coming weeks.
What is the 2023 Toyota Mirai price?
The 2023 Toyota Mirai costs USD 49,500 (excl. USD 1,095 DPH fee) onwards.
Which models are 2023 Toyota Mirai alternatives?
The 2023 Hyundai Nexo is the only hydrogen fuel-cell electric EV remotely comparable to the 2023 Toyota Mirai.
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