2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2019 Toyota Mirai

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Nexo has a standard Limited 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 Nexo and the Mirai have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Mirai’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The Nexo’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Mirai’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Nexo’s electric motor produces 10 more horsepower (161 vs. 151) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 247) than the Mirai’s electric motor.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mirai:

 

Nexo

Mirai

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.41 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo has larger standard tires than the Mirai (225/60R17 vs. 215/55R17). The Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirai (245/45R19 vs. 215/55R17).

The Nexo Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirai’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The Mirai’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Nexo has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Mirai has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Nexo has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Nexo has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Nexo flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Nexo is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Mirai.

For better maneuverability, the Nexo’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Mirai’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Nexo is 8.6 inches shorter than the Mirai, making the Nexo easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

The Nexo has 15.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirai (101.3 vs. 85.7).

The Nexo has .9 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 8.5 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirai.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nexo’s rear seats recline. The Mirai’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Mirai (29.6 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Nexo’s liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Mirai doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The Nexo 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 Nexo and the Mirai have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Nexo 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 Nexo has a standard rear wiper. The Mirai doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nexo Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Mirai doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Mirai doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Nexo Limited’s Remote Smart Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Mirai doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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