2018 Toyota Mirai vs. Its Competition

2018 Toyota Mirai

If you want a zero-emission vehicle that carries four people, you can have one from Chevy, Honda, or Tesla.

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, like the Mirai, is powered entirely by hydrogen, but it’s larger, more comfortable, and has a longer range, even if its design isn’t our favorite.

The Chevy Bolt EV electric car has 238 miles of battery range, seats four comfortably, and is good despite its economy hatchback looks.

But for a true zero-emission sedan that can travel coast to coast, the only choice is the Tesla Model S and that company’s Supercharger network of fast-charging sites.

A Tesla will take you places the Mirai can’t go because there’s no available hydrogen.

Assuming Tesla gets its smaller, less expensive Model 3 into volume production during 2018, that car will likely equal or undercut the Toyota Mirai on price, not to mention style, performance, and of course long-distance travel.

Finally, Toyota’s own Prius Prime plug-in hybrid gives partial zero-emission travel (25 miles of rated electric range) at a price little more than half that of the Mirai.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Toyota Mirai, according to its maker, is the future of cars; we strongly suggest waiting to see whether the future is powered by hydrogen or electricity.
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, the only version distributed nationally, is spacious, comfortable, competitively priced, and offers excellent electric range.
The 2018 Toyota Prius wins our minds with its fuel-efficiency and low running costs. Our hearts are a different story.
The 2018 Tesla Model S still delivers unequaled battery-electric performance, though its style and safety are beginning to show their age.
The 2018 Tesla Model 3 promises Tesla chic at mass-market prices, at least when less expensive versions arrive, but build quality should be any buyer’s biggest worry.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
66 MPG City / 66 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
ElectricElectricGas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4ElectricElectric
EPA Class     
Subcompact Cars- TBD -Midsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
Sedan5-Door HB LTTouring SedanOne (GS)75D AWDMid Range Battery RWD
Front Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
AutomaticNACVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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