Toyota doubles down on hydrogen fuel cell tech with a redesign of the Mirai

The completely redesigned 2021 Toyota Mirai is a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle that sheds the awkward design of its predecessor. But is a sleek shape, more elegant cabin, and better driving range enough to make this hydrogen car more than a quirky automotive footnote?

The first-generation Mirai went on sale in the 2016 model year.
This latest Mirai sports a more upscale look and premium interior dominated by touch-screen panels.
Toyota TM, -0.33% expects 30% better range than the previous model…

We know the 2021 Mirai will be rear-wheel drive and have “30%” more range than the current model, according to Toyota’s estimates. This pegs the distance at more than 400 miles per tank, nearly double the range of the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan NSANY, -0.51% Leaf. About the only electric vehicle that matches this figure is a Tesla Model S in Long Range trim. Starting at nearly $75,000, this long-running Model S offers 402 miles of electric driving range.