The best hydrogen vehicle on the road comes with a 402-mile range.
Toyota made news at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show revealing its bz4x crossover to crowds of journalists and industry folks. And though the company has seemed behind in battery electric powertrains, it's been pioneering hydrogen fuel cells with its world record-breaking Mirai sedan. It came out in 2016, was refreshed for 2021, and now we have pricing on the 2022 model.
The 2022 Toyota Mirai will start at $49,500, before destination and handling, and before any tax credits. That's surprisingly the same price as last year -- usually MSRPs go up regardless -- and it continues to come with $15,000 in hydrogen fuel. Of course, if you don't live by a hydrogen station, you're still out of luck, which is why Toyota only sells them in California.
The Mirai rides on the company's GA-L platform and has a rear-wheel drive layout. That new layout debuted last year as the first generation was front-wheel drive only. Toyota says the new car is also more engaging to drive. And we believe it.
The system is still 650 volts, but the size of the fuel cell stack is down 20% and the weight is down 50% from the previous generation. Toyota even loaned a few out to Kenworth big rigs. Overall it has an output of 182 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The battery is smaller and lighter too, which leaves more space for people and stuff. Range is set at an impressive 402 miles.
Inside the base XLE trim, buyers get Toyota's SoftTex seats that are heated and power-adjustable, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, navigation and a 14-speaker JBL audio system. The two trims are again XLE and Limited. The Limited adds ventilation and extra power adjustments for the passenger seat. The Limited also comes with a two-tone color scheme, ambient light and digital rearview mirror. A 12.3-inch touchscreen is standard, as is an 8-inch driver cluster display.
The only option on the XLE is the Advanced Technology Package that adds the bird's eye view camera, parking assist and front seat foot illumination for $1,410. The more expensive Limited trim starts at $66,000; optional 20-inch wheels are offered for $1,120. Look for it to hit dealerships by the holidays.