Toyota BZ4X 2023 is not the first Japanese-made electric car on US soil. It has been selling the Toyota RAV4 EV in California since 1997, and has even worked with Tesla for the second generation RAV4 EV unveiled in 2012. However, the all-new bZ4X is Toyota’s first electric vehicle to ride on an e-platform. TNGA joint exclusive with Subaru for the Solterra EV. Instead of only showing sales of the old RAV4 EV in California, the new bZ4X will hit Toyota dealerships in the US in all 50 states nationwide.
Toyota’s bold approach to designing the bZ4X is commendable, and we’re confident it has Toyota’s levels of quality, reliability and family-friendly equipment. The better question is, will the bZ4X make a convincing case against such impressive competitors as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ford Mustang Mach-E, VW ID.4, Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6, Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric?
2023 Toyota bZ4X: What’s new?
The Toyota BZ4X 2023 is a five-passenger all-electric crossover co-developed with Subaru, a partnership that has paid off in the past with the still non-turbocharged GR86 and BRZ sports cars. Contrary to Solterra’s planetary name origins, the bZ4x name is short for “beyond zero” and 4X. The latter, in Toyota’s talk, refers to a compact crossover like the RAV4.
The automaker said the bZ4X is Toyota’s first to be launched under the bZ global series, and it plans to launch 15 battery-electric vehicles by 2025 – seven of which will descend from the bZ family. The bZ4X is slightly longer, wider and lower than the RAV4, but it has a 6.3-inch longer wheelbase than Toyota’s best-selling compact SUV. The result is 42.1 inches of legroom in the front and 35.3 inches in the rear with 27.7 cubic feet of luggage space behind the second-row seats.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X will arrive at dealerships in two variants: XLE and Limited. Both are available as either a single-engine FWD or a dual-motor AWD and drivetrain. The FWD variant puts out 201 hp, while the AWD version has 215 hp. The bZ4X single-motor is a good match for the Kia Niro EV and VW ID.4 FWD, but the twin-motor doesn’t quite measure up to the equivalent Hyundai Ioniq 5/Kia EV6, which delivers up to 320 horsepower.
How fast is the Toyota bZ4X?
Toyota claims the bZ4X FWD can go from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, while the AWD version does so in 6.5 seconds. Top speed 99 mph (160 km/h).
2023 Toyota bZ4X Driving and Charging Range
The bZ4X FWD comes with a 63.4 kWh battery, while the all-wheel drive version has a slightly larger 65.5 kWh power unit. Toyota claims that FWD achieves up to 252 miles of range, and it quotes 228 miles of range for the bZ4X AWD. Regenerative braking is standard for extending the range.
The EPA rates the bZ4X FWD at 131/107 city/highway with 119 combined MPGe, while the bZ4X achieves 114/94 city/highway AWD and 104 MPGe combined.
When the batteries are dry, the bZ4X has a 6.6 kW charger to replenish juice in about nine hours using level 2 charging. Additionally, the bZ4X is compatible with fast chargers up to 150 kW of DC power to recharge in less than an hour. Buyers also received a one-year free charge at EVgo charging stations.
Custom design inside and out
For the bZ4X, Toyota designers wanted to “challenge the tradition” with a sleeker design, flowing character lines and futuristic elements. We’d be hard pressed to distinguish the bZ4X from the Subaru Solterra when looking at it from any angle, but we somehow prefer the Toyota over the Subaru’s exterior vibe. Inside, the bZ4X has Softex cloth seats and piano black trim, while acoustic-insulated glass ensures a quiet ride with less wind and road noise.
Standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with over-the-air (OTA) updates, voice control, cloud-based navigation, and dual-wireless Bluetooth with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Meanwhile, other features like WiFi, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, a 9-inch subwoofer, and an eight-channel subwoofer are also available.
Toyota Safety Sense 3.0.0 Update
The Toyota BZ4X 2023 is the first to have the TSS 3.0, the automaker’s latest generation of advanced driving assistance systems. It now has a single camera and millimeter wave radar to offer updated safety features such as pre-collision system with low-light cyclist detection, handrail detection, and daytime biker detection.
It also has lane recognition with lane tracking, blind-spot monitoring, safe exit assist, a 360-degree bird’s-eye camera with surrounding scanning and sidewalk viewing (available for bZ4X Limited).
Toyota bZ4X warranty
The new Toyota bZ4X leaves the factory with a three-year/3,600-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and an eight-year/100,000-mile electric motor warranty and battery pack. On top of that, the bZ4X comes standard with ToyotaCare, including two or 25,000 miles of factory scheduled maintenance and three years (unlimited miles) 24-hour roadside assistance.
It makes sense to consider an extended warranty if you drive more miles than the average person. This comprehensive guide will help you decide if Toyota’s Extended Warranty is right for you.
2023 Toyota bZ4X: Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the 2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE FWD starts at $43,215, while the Limited FWD starts at $47,915. The bZ4X XLE AWD, on the other hand, starts at $45,295, while the Limited SUV starts at $48,780. All price figures are inclusive of the $1215 destination fee.
The bZ4X is eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits, although Toyota’s electric vehicle tax credits may run out by June 2022. The first deliveries will arrive at Toyota dealerships this spring.
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