2016 Toyota Mirai vs. Its Competition

2016 Toyota Mirai

It's debatable which cars the 2015 Toyota Mirai competes with.

The only zero-emission vehicles over $50,000 are the Tesla Model S range, which are better-looking, offer far higher performance, can hold five people, and benefit from an expanding Supercharger network of DC fast-charging stations.

The all-new 2016 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid expected toward the end of this year is closer to the Mirai in size, packaging, and performance, but will have limited electric-only range.

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which will go on sale around the same time as the Mirai, will have the most electric range of any plug-in hybrid, and is likely to be far cheaper than the Mirai--but both it and the Prius have gasoline engines.

Then there's the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling battery-electric car--but its range is only a third to a quarter that of the Mirai.

At the other end of the cost scale, there's the plug-in hybrid version of the Porsche Panamera S luxury sport sedan--but we doubt that potential Porsche owners will consider the Mirai for long, if at all.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Toyota Mirai sedan, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, is Toyota's counter to electric cars, yet it's odd-looking, not particularly fast, and limited to four seats—not to mention capable of fueling in very few places.
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The new 2016 Chevy Volt improves on its predecessor in every way that counts, and its 53-mile range is unsurpassed among plug-in hybrids—meaning its biggest weak spot is GM’s ability to explain and market it.
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The 2016 Nissan Leaf remains a somewhat appliance-like drive, but its new range rating of 107 miles raises it to the top of its class—and it's still smooth, quiet, and calming to drive.
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The 2016 Toyota Prius has moved much closer to driving like a regular car, while maintaining the highest fuel economy of any car without a plug; that should attract new buyers—if they can overlook the styling.
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There's still no direct competition for the 2016 Tesla Model S, which offers elegant design, 240 miles or more of all-electric range, and jaw-dropping acceleration in the higher-end models. It's one of a kind.
MSRP From    
$57,500$33,170$29,010$24,200$68,000
Gas Mileage    
43 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine    
ElectricGas/Electric I4ElectricGas/Electric I-4Electric
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan5-Door HB LT4-Door HB S *Ltd Avail*5-Door HB Two (SE)2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 60
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45555
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback 2016.5
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic
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