2016 Toyota Mirai Review –

The Toyota Mirai is a quiet, comfortable and very inexpensive vehicle to operate. There is a long list of various standard equipment that comes with it as well. The instant torque of the electric motor means it offers plenty of punch for overtaking. However, it is still quite difficult to recommend purchasing one, since there are very few filling stations available that will meet the specific circumstances for buyers to be able to run one of these vehicles. Even then they will pay dearly for the privilege. At this time, we simply cannot recommend purchasing one. However, we do applaud Toyota for offering the future in 2016 to the marketplace.

The Toyota Mirai is among the first of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being offered for sale in the UK. Mirai is the Japanese word for ‘future.’ It is all part of the auto maker’s plan for forging ahead by offering alternative fuels as soon as they can.

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It is hydrogen in this case, which has the great advantage of being available at fuel stations in pressurised form just like diesel or petrol. That means that although an electric motor powers the Mirai, you have the ability to top it up in a couple of minutes just like a regular car. Its range is similar as well, at about 300 miles.

– Is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle really some you can live with?

Electricity is generated by the fuel cell through mixing oxygen and hydrogen and storing it inside the battery. The motor is powered like all of the other Toyota hybrids. What that means is that the only emission coming out of the tailpipe is water. Water is periodically purged from the system. There is even a button located on the dash, for getting rid of it whenever you want to. You just need to be sure it isn’t released right when you get home and are pulling into your garage.

The electric motor offers 335Nm and 152bhp of torque. However, the bulky motor, fuel cell, and batteries result in the car weighing around 1,850kg. This results in a top speed of 111 mph and 0 to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds. However, don’t let those figures fool you. The instant torque off of the line means that the Mirai feels plenty fast enough.

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In corners, the weight can be a problem, and the Mirai feels quite hefty there. It isn’t bad at all to drive. However, the hydrogen Toyota is best suited for motorways journeys and town driving rather than on twisting country roads. Its soft suspension does best on a route that is more relaxed.

Up front, the centre console unit, dashboard and steering wheel all feel like they are built well. However, the small buttons and touch interface are fiddly to use while on the move. We prefer to have an interface that is more logical. However, it’s quite a small niggle in all honesty.

That said, the biggest problem for Mirai comes when its rivals are considered. Nearly every car that is about the same size is a lot less expensive to purchase compared to the Toyota, with its £66,000 list price. That is more than twice what a rival car will cost, making any running cost savings practically negligible. If your purchasing decision is focused on the bottom line, then really it is impossible for us to recommend this expensive car to you. However, a proposed (but as yet unconfirmed) Government grant may result in a several thousand pound price reduction.

Even those people who are considering purchasing the car for its green credentials may need to think twice. Most hydrogen fuel is currently produced through using fossil fuels. This makes its claim of water-only coming out of the tailpipe somewhat questionable and you could also ask yourself if how the Toyota will fit into the quality used car market.

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Kazuki Nakajima | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

Kazuki Nakajima | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s finest put Toyota’s finest to the test.

In this episode, Kazuki Nakajima swaps the cockpit of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid for the driving seat of the new GR Supra. The track? Fuji International Speedway.

The Full Throttle Review series gathers the best drivers from the worlds of WRC, WEC, NASCAR and more get behind the wheel of the new GR Supra to give a true racer’s perspective on how the car behaves on track. Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes over the next few months.

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Paul Van der Burgh’s Career Journey | Toyota Talks


Welcome to Toyota Talks, a series of interviews that offer a unique insight into the worlds of senior staff at Toyota GB.

In this film, we talk to Paula Cooper, Director of Consumer One and the Academy for Toyota GB, who explains how her career has developed since joining Toyota in 1991.

If you’re interested in a career in the automotive sector, visit the Toyota GB careers website here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/world-of-toyota/careers/

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Sébastien Buemi | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

Sébastien Buemi | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s finest put Toyota’s finest to the test.

In this episode, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Sébastien Buemi gets comfortable behind the wheel of the Toyota GR Supra.

The Full Throttle Review series gathers the best drivers from the worlds of WRC, WEC, NASCAR and more get behind the wheel of the new GR Supra to give a true racer’s perspective on how the car behaves on track. Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes over the next few months.

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Paula Cooper’s Career Journey | Toyota Talks


Welcome to Toyota Talks, a series of interviews that offer a unique insight into the worlds of senior staff at Toyota GB.

In this film, we talk to Paula Cooper, Director of Consumer One and the Academy for Toyota GB, who explains how her career has developed since joining Toyota in 1991.

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Introducing the Toyota Camry

Introducing the Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry returns to the UK this year.

The all-new eighth generation Camry combines the best in hybrid performance and efficiency with a stylish package, inside and out.

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This is Spinal Track | A Rally Experience with a Difference

This is Spinal Track | A Rally Experience with a Difference
The UK’s first rally experience designed specifically for disabled drivers has been launched. The new Spinal Track Rally Experience will offer participants the opportunity to drive a modified Toyota GT86 on a gravel rally stage.

Find out more about Spinal Track on the Toyota GB Blog: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/disabled-drivers-rally-toyota-gt86s

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Kyle Busch | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

Kyle Busch | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s finest put Toyota’s finest to the test.

In this episode, go onboard with NASCAR driver Kyle Busch as he finds out what the Toyota GR Supra offers on the track.

The Full Throttle Review series gathers the best drivers from the worlds of WRC, WEC, NASCAR and more get behind the wheel of the new GR Supra to give a true racer’s perspective on how the car behaves on track. Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes over the next few months.

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Energy Observer | Toyota Driven

Energy Observer | Toyota Driven
This is the story of Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, team members of the Energy Observer. Pioneers in environmentally friendly sea transport. Innovators. Idealists.

What drives them to go on an odyssey for the future, aboard the first hydrogen vessel? How do they draw energy from nature, without damaging it? Why do they dream of a different future? How do they want to change the world on a big scale? And why do they find it so symbolic to moor in Venice?

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Driven: A documentary series about the people, not the cars

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Energy Observer | Toyota Driven

Energy Observer | Toyota Driven
This is the story of Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, team members of the Energy Observer. Pioneers in environmentally friendly sea transport. Innovators. Idealists.

What drives them to go on an odyssey for the future, aboard the first hydrogen vessel? How do they draw energy from nature, without damaging it? Why do they dream of a different future? How do they want to change the world on a big scale? And why do they find it so symbolic to moor in Venice?

⬇ Discover the Driven series ⬇

Driven: A documentary series about the people, not the cars

This series is not about Toyota cars. Driven is a story about the people who drive our cars. And more importantly: it is about what drives them. It is a story about their direction in life rather than their destination. We are not selling you a car. We are showing you a dream. We are telling you a story and hopefully taking you along the road. Where are you heading?

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Mike Conway | GR Supra Full Throttle Review

Mike Conway | GR Supra Full Throttle Review
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s finest put Toyota’s finest to the test.

In this episode Mike Conway, Toyota TS050 driver and the sole Brit in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s World Endurance Championship, gets to grips with the Toyota GR Supra.

The Full Throttle Review series gathers the best drivers from the worlds of WRC, WEC, NASCAR and more get behind the wheel of the new GR Supra to give a true racer’s perspective on how the car behaves on track. Keep your eyes peeled for new episodes over the next few months.

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