Car And Driver Reviews 2016 Toyota Mirai: Not A Sport Sedan, Unsurprisingly


2016 Toyota Mirai

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California customers can now place orders for the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, and the first vehicles are expected to be delivered in October.

With the new sedan set to appear imminently on public roads, it's time for a greater range of media outlets to take a closer look at what is sure to be a somewhat controversial new automobile.

One of those outlets is Car and Driver, which recently embarked on an instrumented test of the Mirai, as well as the fueling infrastructure that supports it.

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With a Toyota engineer onboard, testers drove the Mirai around the greater Los Angeles area, stopping at multiple fueling stations along the way.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the magazine wasn't too impressed with the Mirai's recorded 0 to 60 mph time of 9.4 seconds.

However, testers did have positive things to say.

2016 Toyota Mirai

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The Mirai was described as a "pleasant means of enduring clotted freeways," thanks to its comfortable ride and "isolation-chamber quiet" interior.

Suspension tuning, steering feel, and the ride quality afforded by the Mirai's Michelin Primacy tires also got some praise.

Meanwhile, testers' experiences at different hydrogen fueling stations around Los Angeles varied from place to place.

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Over two days of driving, testers stopped nine times at seven locations, drawing hydrogen from a total of four working pumps.

Some of the hydrogen was dispensed free of charge, while at one station it was being sold at $13.99 per kilogram ($6.35 per pound).

Over 400 miles of driving, the Mirai averaged 56 miles per kilogram of hydrogen, or 57 MPGe.

2016 Toyota Mirai

2016 Toyota Mirai

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That's somewhat shy of the 66 miles per kilogram the Mirai achieved in EPA testing, across all three categories (combined, city, highway).

Car and Driver says the Mirai cost $0.25 per mile to operate, which it claims is nearly four times the cost of driving a Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The review also brought one other wrinkle to the surface, although it wasn't mentioned in the article copy itself.

Looking at photos published with the review, readers from InsideEVs spotted an unusual warning label.

Located on the inside of the fuel-filler door, it appears to say "Do Not Refuel After 2029."

It's unclear exactly what that refers to, and Toyota has not made any official statement on the matter.

[hat tip: Randall Hamlet]

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