2019 Fiat 500e vs. 2019 Toyota Mirai

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 500e has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Mirai doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 500e and the Mirai have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The 500e comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Mirai’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Fiat 500e is faster than the Toyota Mirai:

 

500e

Mirai

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

16.8 sec

17.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 500e gets better fuel mileage than the Mirai (121 city/103 hwy vs. 67 city/67 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The 500e stops much shorter than the Mirai:

 

500e

Mirai

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The 500e has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mirai doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The 500e handles at .77 G’s, while the Mirai pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 500e’s turning circle is 6.1 feet tighter than the Mirai’s (31.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Fiat 500e may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1100 pounds less than the Toyota Mirai.

The 500e is 4 feet, 2.1 inches shorter than the Mirai, making the 500e easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 500e is 7.4 inches narrower than the Mirai, making the 500e easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

The 500e’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mirai doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 500e has a standard rear wiper. The Mirai doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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