2019 Chevrolet Bolt vs. 2019 Toyota Mirai

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Bolt are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Mirai doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Bolt Premier has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Mirai only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Bolt and the Mirai have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Bolt the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mirai has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Bolt’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mirai’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Bolt’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Bolt third among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Mirai isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Bolt’s electric motor produces 49 more horsepower (200 vs. 151) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 247) than the Mirai’s electric motor.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Bolt is faster than the Toyota Mirai:

 

Bolt

Mirai

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.5 sec

17.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Bolt gets better fuel mileage than the Mirai (128 city/110 hwy vs. 67 city/67 hwy MPGe).

Brakes and Stopping

The Bolt stops much shorter than the Mirai:

 

Bolt

Mirai

 

70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Bolt’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirai’s standard 55 series tires.

The Bolt has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Mirai doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires standard on the Bolt can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Mirai doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Bolt Premier handles at .80 G’s, while the Mirai pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Bolt’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Mirai’s (35.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Bolt may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Toyota Mirai.

The Bolt is 2 feet, 4.5 inches shorter than the Mirai, making the Bolt easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Bolt has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Mirai can only carry 4.

The Bolt has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirai (94.4 vs. 85.7).

The Bolt has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 6.4 inches more rear legroom than the Mirai.

Cargo Capacity

The Bolt has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Mirai (16.9 vs. 12.8 cubic feet). The Bolt has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Mirai (56.6 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

The Bolt’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mirai doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The Bolt has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Mirai doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Bolt and the Mirai have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Bolt is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mirai prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Bolt has a standard rear wiper. The Mirai doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® chose the Chevrolet Bolt as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Bolt first among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Mirai isn’t in the top three.

The Bolt was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2017. The Mirai has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Bolt was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The Mirai has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Bolt as the 2017 North American Car of the Year. The Mirai has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Bolt outsold the Toyota Mirai by almost 11 to one during 2018.

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