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3.6 (Good)

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2023 XLE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $42,000
2023 XLE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,080
2023 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,700
2023 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,780

Overview

What's New

As an entirely new EV, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X represents the first in a series of battery-electric Toyotas which will bear the bZ brand. This zero-emission SUV offers a choice of FWD or AWD drivetrains, with prices rising to just under $50,000.

Choosing Your Toyota bZ4X

The two-trim bZ4X range is familiar from other Toyota line-ups, with front and all-wheel-drive versions of both XLE and Limited trims.

The cheapest way into bZ4X ownership is an FWD XLE, costing $43,215 including destination. The flagship AWD Limited comes in at $49,995, with AWD XLE costing $45,295 and FWD Limited retailing at $47,915. It’s worth noting that available tax credits on EVs are likely to be phased out in the near future.

Engine Choices

Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, the bZ4X produces 201 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque in FWD mode, with AWD models increasing their power output to 214 hp. Fuel economy stands at an EPA-estimated 131 MPGe city, 107 highway, and 119 combined in XLE FWD models, which drops to a less impressive 112/92/102 MPGe in AWD Limited models. Other trims return their own figures, depending on their configuration and specifications.

The bZ4X has an estimated range of up to 252 miles and can fully recharge to 80% in as little as 30 minutes when using Level 3 DC Fast Charging. When using a Level 2 240-Volt charger, Toyota says it can take 9.5 hours to charge to 100%. With a Level 1 120-Volt outlet, the time is approximately 50 hours.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy MPGe (City/Highway/Combined)
FWD201 hp196 lb-ft

131/107/119 (XLE)

125/103/114 (Limited)

AWD214 hp196 lb-ft

114/94/104 (XLE)

112/92/102 (Limited)

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity for the five-seater bZ4X stands at 27.7 cu ft with the rear seats in place, dropping to 25.8 cu ft in models with the optional JBL speaker kit installed.

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Safety Features

Safety is extremely impressive across the bZ4X range. AWD models receive downhill assist control, and Limited buyers get a bird’s eye camera with a 360-degree overhead view. Otherwise, an extensive roster of safety equipment is fitted to every model, including the Toyota Safety Sense suite. These aids include pedestrian detection, lane tracing assistance and departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high beams. The cabin is packed with eight airbags, blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alerts come as standard, and the front/rear parking assist incorporates automatic braking.

Connectivity

EVs are synonymous with digital display screens, and the bZ4X has a 12.3-inch interface with full smartphone compatibility, satellite radio, cloud navigation, and vehicle tracking for roadside assistance and theft location purposes. A subscription is required for this after the first year of ownership. Qi-compatible device charging is a welcome standard addition, with five USB ports including A and C connectors. However, you’ll have to upgrade Limited models to receive a nine-speaker JBL system in lieu of the rather weedy six-speaker stereo that comes as standard.

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2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE – MSRP from $43,215

XLE models are equipped with LED daytime running lights and taillights, rear privacy glass and heated folding power outside mirrors with turn signals, puddle lights, and blind-spot warning indicators. Inside, the dual-zone climate cools a cabin with power locks and windows, a customizable 7.0-inch information display, a leather steering wheel, and a power sunshade hiding the panoramic fixed glass roof. Buyers in colder states will appreciate the de-icer function in the rain-sensing windshield wipers, too.

The only option on XLE models is a $500 Weather package, which adds heating elements to the steering wheel and front seats.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited – MSRP from $47,915

It’s possible to spot Limited models with their gray-accented 20-inch wheels, chrome detailed and multi-LED headlights, while the foot-activated power liftgate is height-adjustable. Internally, the steering wheel is heated, the SofTex-trimmed driver’s seat receives eight-way power adjustment including lumbar support, and both front seats are heated and ventilated. It’s also possible to remotely access, pre-heat/cool, charge and even find your vehicle remotely, all through a subscription app accessible via Alexa or Google Assistant-powered devices (including smartwatches).

For $350, you can add heated rear seats and front radiant legwarmers. An additional $580 adds to this a nine-speaker JBL premium audio system, but you can’t pick the stereo in isolation.

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CarsDirect Tip

Costing around $2,000 more than XLE models, the Limited trim offers plenty of comforts that justify the price premium, making it our pick of the range. The JBL stereo is also a worthwhile upgrade, but it’s disappointing that you have to add a heating package to access it, even in sunnier states.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Roomy interior
  • Quiet ride
  • Perky acceleration
Cons
  • Only 252 miles of range
  • AWD is optional
  • One-pedal driving doesn’t really work
  • Maxes out at 214 hp
Expert Rating
3.6 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Toyota Returns To EVs. While the 2023 Toyota bZ4X may not seem like an important electric car, it marks a return to all-electric cars for Toyota. In the past few years, Toyota has stuck with hybrids and plug-in hybrids, claiming that neither the tech nor the demand exists for electric cars. Thanks to a new partnership with Subaru, that changes with the introduction of the bZ4X SUV.

The last time Toyota had an all-electric vehicle in its lineup was in 2014 when it stopped producing the RAV4 EV. With the all-new bZ4X, which shares a lot of components with the Subaru Solterra, Toyota finally has a serious competitor in the all-electric segment. While the bZ4X may not lead the segment in range, technology, or performance, showing up with a serious EV is half the battle.

Average Range. Toyota offers the bZ4X with two different powertrains. The front-wheel-drive version has a single electric motor on the front wheels and a 63.4-kWh battery pack and the available all-wheel-drive model has a second electric motor on the rear wheels and a 65.5-kWh battery. With FWD, range is rated at up to 252 miles. Going with AWD brings lower figures of 228 miles.

Against rivals, these figures are disappointing. Most of the bZ4X’s rivals are hovering around 250 miles of range, but there are a few standout options that can travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. The Tesla Model Y leads the class with 330 miles of range, the sporty Ford Mustang Mach-E can travel up to 305 miles, and the retro Hyundai IONIQ 5 has a range of up to 303 miles. Most consumers will find that 252 miles of range will be plenty for daily use, but it would’ve been nice to see the bZ4X get close to the 300-mile mark.

Where the bZ4X manages to outdo its rivals is in the fuel economy department. The bZ4X doesn’t have official fuel economy figures from the EPA, but Toyota expects the electric SUV to be rated at up to 119 MPGe for FWD models. The AWD model is expected to be able to get up to 104 MPGe.

Relaxed, Comfortable Ride. Unlike other electric vehicles that are available in high-performance trims or have a certain configuration that brings impressive acceleration, that isn’t the case with the bZ4X. The FWD bZ4X has 201 hp and the AWD model is rated at 215 hp. These figures are well behind competitors like the Volkswagen ID.4, IONIQ 5, and Mach-E which have more than 295 hp.

With that kind of power, the standard bZ4X can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.1 seconds. The AWD model only shaves 0.6 seconds off that time. By EV standards, these figures are well off the pace as some electric SUVs can get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The bZ4X isn’t slow, it offers peppy acceleration because of its electric powertrain, but it will lose every drag race against the majority of other EVs.

On the road, the bZ4X feels smooth and compliant over bumps. The steering has a decent amount of heft to it and once the SUV’s initial body roll around corners evens out, the SUV has a good amount of poise. In FWD models, the bZ4X’s tires are quick to lose grip and understeer, with AWD models offering more grip.

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Conventionally Cozy Interior. With the bZ4X, Toyota doesn’t follow in the same footsteps as rivals on the inside. Instead of going with a futuristic look and some futuristic design elements, the cabin looks like a fresh take on a compact SUV, which will appeal to a wide range of consumers.

The asymmetrical dashboard houses a few physical controls and offers some roomy storage compartments, while the 7-inch digital instrument cluster is integrated in a way that requires drivers to look over the steering wheel to be able to see information on the screen. Drivers that prefer a high seating position may find that the steering wheel blocks the digital instrument display.

The bZ4X features Toyota’s latest Audio Multimedia system that’s controlled via a 12.3-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system is the same one found that’s found on the new Tundra and represents a dramatic improvement over the old Entune system. While the system has crisp graphics, wireless smartphone compatibility, and a “Hey, Toyota” voice recognition function, it’s controlled through unintuitive touch-capacitive buttons.

Final Thoughts. On paper, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X doesn’t line up all that well with competitors. It doesn’t have the same amount of power, the latest high-tech features, the same performance, or the same futuristic interior design as other EVs on the market. What the bZ4X does really well is being a great compact SUV with an average electric powertrain. It’s comfortable, easy to drive, spacious, and filled with tech that you can actually use.

For a more enjoyable ride, there’s the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It has up to 305 miles of range, offers sporty handling, has a GT Performance trim with impressive performance, is offered with a hands-free driver-assist system, and has an aggressive design.

Underneath the Hyundai IONIQ 5’s retro-inspired design, the SUV offers 303 miles of range, peppy straight-line acceleration, a comfortable ride, super-quick charge times, high-tech features, and a roomy interior.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
201 HP / 196 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
131 / 107 / 120 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
201 HP / 196 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
key
131 / 107 / 120 Mpge
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Electric
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
94 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.6 "
Exterior Width
73.2 "
Exterior Height
65.0 "
Front Headroom
38.6 "
Rear Headroom
37.1 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
35.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,266 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
20.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Metal-look Bar
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
None
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Softex Cloth/leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Toyota Safety Sense (tss) 3.0 Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor (bsm) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) W/steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Automatic High Beams (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear Parking Assist W/automatic Braking (pa W/ab) Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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