There are two Toyota Mirai models: XLE and Limited. Both use the same drivetrain, a single electric motor driven by a hydrogen fuel cell. It produces 182 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels. Toyota claims fuel consumption figures of 76/71/74 MPGe for the base XLE, resulting in a range of just over 400 miles.
Both models are handsomely equipped. The XLE gives you everything you need, while the Limited adds $16,500 worth of nice-to-have luxuries. Both have power-adjustable heated front seats, a digital instrument cluster, climate control, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system mated to a 14-speaker JBL sound system.
Toyota's Safety Sense 2.5 + is also standard, and both models get pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, auto high beams, full-speed range active cruise control, road sign assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic assist.
The Limited model adds heated and ventilated seats front and rear and a separate touchscreen interface is hidden in the rear middle seatback. It also gets a color head-up display and a surround-view monitoring system.
The entry-level XLE has an MSRP of $49,500, while the top-spec retails for $66,000. These prices exclude the destination charge of $1,025.
At the time of writing, the Honda Clarity fuel cell was only available for lease at a monthly rate, while the Hyundai Nexo fuel cell crossover starts at upwards of $9,000 more for the entry-level version.
There aren't many upgrade options available. You can order the Advanced Technology Package for the XLE, which adds a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking assist with automatic braking, and front-seat foot illumination for $1,410.
The only option available for the Limited is a set of 20-inch Super Chrome alloy wheels for $1,120. A host of standalone accessories are available for both models, though, which include rear bumper applique, a cargo tote, carpet mats for the trunk, and a cell phone quick charge cable pack.
If you don't feel the need to go full luxury, the base model makes absolute sense. If the Mirai's drivetrain is for you, $49,500 for a mid-size Lexus sedan with six years or $15,000 worth of free fuel is one hell of a deal. You could look at it as pre-paying the fuel and getting the car for $34,500 as justification. Then, if you think you'll keep the car longer than five years, you're just betting the cost of hydrogen drops by then. Of course, you could also justify paying the extra $16,500 for the Limited model and the $15,000 in fuel offsetting it. However, for the base $49,500 with its already extensive feature list and free fuel, that's one hell of a temptation if lifestyle and location line up perfectly. The Advanced Technology Package would tempt us for the XLE, but 20-inch wheels on the Limited trim don't do ride quality any favors, and we don't believe it improves the look of the Mirai enough to justify the trade-off.