2019 Toyota Mirai vs. 2018 Ford Focus Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Mirai’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Toyota Mirai are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Focus Electric has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Mirai has standard Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Focus Electric doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Mirai’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Mirai has standard Parking Assist Sonar to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Mirai’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mirai’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mirai and the Focus Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Toyota Mirai weighs 435 pounds more than the Ford Focus Electric. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Mirai 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Focus Electric. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Focus Electric ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Mirai for 3 years and 35000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Focus Electric.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Mirai’s reliability 57 points higher than the Focus Electric.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

The Mirai’s electric motor produces 8 more horsepower (151 vs. 143) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (247 vs. 184) than the Focus Electric’s electric motor.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Mirai is faster than the Ford Focus Electric:

 

Mirai

Focus

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

10.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.9 sec

10.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.8 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Mirai’s maximum driving range is 312 miles with a full tank of fuel of hydrogen, over two and a half times as far as the Focus Electric’s 115 mile range. After it exhausts its range, the Mirai can then refuel in five minutes, while the Focus Electric has to recharge for 5 hours and 30 minutes. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 20 hours.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Mirai

Focus

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

10.9 inches

Rear Rotors

11.41 inches

10.7 inches

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mirai’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the Focus Electric (109.5 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mirai is 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Focus Electric.

Passenger Space

The Mirai has .2 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Focus Electric.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Mirai offers cargo security. The Focus Electric’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Mirai. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Mirai, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mirai’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the Mirai’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Focus Electric can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Mirai’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Focus Electric’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Mirai detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mirai has standard extendable sun visors. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Mirai is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Focus Electric’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Mirai has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Focus Electric has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Mirai and the Focus Electric have standard heated front seats. The Mirai also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Focus Electric.

On extremely cold winter days, the Mirai’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Mirai and the Focus Electric offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Mirai has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mirai has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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