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2023 Toyota bZ4X

Toyota’s first vehicle in the "Beyond Zero" series seems to be an impressive kickstart to its reinvigorated EV journey

Remember the RAV4 EV back in 2014, and the current-selling Prius hybrids? Toyota’s name in the electrified world is not new, but it is now more prominent with the bZ4X, which is the brand’s first EV built on the e-TNGA platform. This platform is a joint venture of both Toyota and Subaru. The newly launched Subaru Solterra is its identical cousin with many similarities, which we will talk about more later. Keeping carbon neutrality in mind, the brand is now focusing on its electrification journey, starting with the 2023 bZ4X, which stands for “Beyond Zero” and the 4X denotes its chic exterior and the overall size. As you can tell, everything you see and feel is new or has been reworked. It is good to see Toyota focusing on consumer tech and modern design aesthetics, along with the leading reliability.

Now, like every other EV, you might be wondering what the claimed range is. Well, Toyota claims about 119 MPGe combined for the front-wheel-drive models and about 104 MPGe for the all-wheel-drive models. Considering the 71.4 kWh and the 72.8 kWh battery packs, the range is not that bad either. The front-wheel-drive variants put out 201 horsepower, and adding another electric motor on the rear axle will increase it to a meager 214 horsepower. Given the stats and the price range, it will compete with the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach E, and the Kia EV6. What do you think of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X? Should you go and buy it right now? Read the full review and point out your deciding factors.

What’s New for the 2023 Toyota bZ4X?


The bZ4X is an all-new BEV from the Japanese auto giant. It underpins the new e-TNGA platform, which is made in collaboration with Subaru. The platform will be used across upcoming EVs from both brands. Even Lexus will make use of the platform with its RZ 450e, a luxury EV from Toyota’s luxury division. The bZ4X is the first globally produced BEV and is available for $42,000. It is available in two trim levels: XLE and Limited. Powering the bZ4X is either a single motor or a dual-motor setup, with a rated 201 horsepower or 214 horsepower. Both the exterior and interior design is all-new, and for the first time, you will witness a tech-heavy interior, especially the big 12.3-inch touchscreen display, which is bigger than the newly updated NX’s 9.8-inch display. For the first time, Toyota has added a fully digital panel for displaying driver information.

  • Leave it
    • Slightly expensive when compared to the ID.4
    • The range could’ve been better
    • Takes longer to charge than the rivals

2023 Toyota bZ4X Trims

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2023 Toyota bZ4X Trims
Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
XLE Single electric motor One-speed  FWD $42,000
XLE AWD Dual electric motors One-speed AWD $44,080
Limited  Single electric motor One-speed  FWD $46,700
Limited AWD Dual electric motors One-speed AWD $48,780

bZ4X Exterior

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Yes, the new bZ4X is a stunning electric SUV from Toyota, but its looks are nothing special from its identical brother, the Subaru Solterra. The differences here and there make it unique, but we prefer the looks of the Kia EV6 and even the Volkswagen ID.4 to it. Don’t get us wrong. The bZ4X has its charms, being a Toyota. Unlike the more rugged Solterra, the bZ4X is more futuristic right from the front-end design. The headlights are sleek, are all LED, and are slight, if not entirely, identical to the RAV4. We loved how the cladding on the upper part of the headlight areas does not mess around with the overall looks. Everything feels seamless. The Solterra sports an unwanted faux grille, which we believe was added at the last minute. That is not the case with the bZ4X. The piano black center part between the two headlights sports the cameras and sensors for the ADAS. The front end remains clean until it meets the lower bumper, which has working air vents for cooling the batteries.

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Similar to the Solterra, the sides have air vents for enhanced aerodynamics. From the sides, you witness that the bZ4X is not at all a small crossover. You will be offered 18-inch alloy wheels with the XLE models, whereas the Limited models come with big 20-inch wheels. The sunroof is fixed with the XLE models, but a power sunroof comes as a standard feature with the Limited models. The rear design got interesting when the wing spoiler reminded us of the recently unveiled Lotus Eletre’s. There is a light bar this time, and the taillights are all LED. The lower bumper has a black plastic cladding with a diffuser kind-of design. It is good to see Toyota, making its efforts to stand out when it comes to modern-looking cars.

Dimensions

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As for the dimensions, the bZ4X, in comparison to the ID.4, is slightly bigger in every possible way. Be it its 184.6 inches of total length, 112.2 inches long wheelbase, and 65-inch tall height. The bZ4X is also 73.2 inches wide and even sits 8.1 inches above the ground. The ground clearance is higher than both the EV6 and ID.4, which for a Toyota SUV, means you can take it for off-roading. The wheelbase is slightly shorter than the EV6 by two inches flat. Being an EV means the curb weight is going to be higher than an ICE-equipped car, and the bZ4X is no different. Carrying a heavy battery pack makes the bZ4X weigh 4,266 pounds, and even more at 4,466 pounds in the AWD guise.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Exterior Dimensions
Length 184.6 in.
Width 73.2 in.
Height 65.0 in.
Ground Clearance 8.1 in.
Wheelbase 112.2 in.
Front Width 63.0 in.
Rear Width 63.4 in.
Curb Weight 4,266 lbs.

Exterior Colors

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Where will the bZ4X be built?
Toyota will sell its first 7,000 units of the bZ4X as CBUs in 2022 in the U.S.

Apart from Black, every other color like the Wind Chill Pearl, Heavy Metal, Elemental Silver Metallic, and Supersonic Red adds extra cost. Both the XLE and the Limited can be specced with the color options. The Limited can be chosen with a dual-tone finish, which includes a black-colored roof and the premium color choices mentioned above.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Exterior Colors
Wind Chill Pearl Wind Chill Pearl w/black roof
Elemental Silver Metallic Elemental Silver Metallic w/black roof
Heavy Metal Heavy Metal w/black roof
Supersonic Red  Supersonic Red w/black roof
Black

bZ4X Performance

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For an under $50,000 EV, the bZ4X is not slow by any means. The front-wheel-drive variants put out 201 horses and 196 pound-feet of torque, while the all-wheel-drive variants put out a slightly better 214 horsepower. What do all of these mean on the road? Well, like most EVs, the instant kick-down is amazing, and it ensures better city driving than its ICE counterparts. However, the torque is not punchy enough, as Toyota describes it as a throw-you-in-the-back-of-your-seat kind of power. But sadly, it is not. The single motor variants can accelerate up to 60 miles per hour in 7.1 seconds. The time drops to 6.5 seconds with the dual-motor set-up. Both the ID.4 and the EV6 are much more powerful in the AWD guise. The former can do 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, and the latter can go even faster, with 4.5 seconds to 60 miles per hour, as per Toyota’s claims. Even the base powertrain variants of the bZ4X come with lower torque output than the rest of the competition. So do all of these demean Toyota’s newest EV? Not really. Although we don’t have the EPA ratings, the bZ4X is not going to let you down when it comes to offering good mileage. Not everyone likes the sudden jolt of power from EVs. If you are someone like that, the bZ4X will be enough for your daily drives.

Engine and Transmission

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As you know, the new 2023 bZ4X comes with either a single or a dual motor setup. The single electric motor drives the front wheels and churns out 201 horsepower and 196 pound-feet of torque. With the dual-motor set-up whacked onto each axle, the combined power output is 214 horsepower (107+107) and 248 pound-feet of torque (124+124). You might feel that the 201 horsepower base XLE isn’t fast enough. But that is not the case with the bZ4X, or any battery-powered electric vehicle for that matter. The lack of any transmission makes use of all the available power and torque from the get-go, making city driving a better experience. The size of the battery pack varies depending on the variant you choose. The single motor variants sport a 71.4 kWh battery pack made by Panasonic, while there is a 72.8 kWh battery pack lying underneath the body of the AWD variants. However, the latter battery pack is made by a Chinese battery manufacturing brand.

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How about the competition? The base bZ4X is no doubt a powerful EV, considering the base EV6’s 167 horsepower output. The ID.4, on the other hand, puts out the same 201 horsepower, but the available torque is more with 229 pound-feet. We can move forward with the slight differences between the single motor variants of the bZ4X and its leading rivals. But we cannot say the same for the all-wheel-drive variants. While the bZ4X puts out a modest 214 horses and 248 pound-feet of torque, the EV6 churns out a mind-boggling 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. Now, you might think that the EV6 is a more expensive option. Yes, you are right, it is about $2,000 more expensive than the top-spec Limited AWD bZ4X. But the ID.4 is in the same ballpark as the bZ4X when it comes to price-to-performance ratio, and yet it puts out 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque with its AWD Pro variants.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Performance Stats
Engine Single or Dual permanent-magnet synchronous AC
Transmission Direct drive
Horsepower 201 hp/214 hp
Torque 196 lb-ft/248 lb-ft
Driveline FWD/AWD
0-60 mph 7.1 seconds/6.5 seconds
Top Speed 110 mph 
Battery size 71.4 kWh/72.8 kWh

Handling and Driving Impressions

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The very first thing to notice is how easy going the 2023 bZ4X is, and will remind you of a lot of Toyota cars like the RAV4, or the Highlander. However, there are a couple of shortcomings with the bZ4X. The first thing to point out is the lack of steering feedback when running at higher speeds. For city driving, the bZ4X feels nimble, and very prompt when taking corners. The suspension is on the softer side, which is of course a good thing. No one wants to take a Lamborghini Urus on family trips. Taking corners isn’t a heavy task for the bZ4X, as it holds a lot of weight under the floor due to its large battery pack. Hence, a higher center of gravity, and fewer body rolls. The electric motor whining cancels out when you drive the bZ4X at higher speeds, and it is replaced with loads of wind noises entering the cabin. Mind you, this is more prominent only when you are above 80 miles per hour. If you are already driving a Toyota car or hybrid, you will not feel very different driving the bZ4X. There is no true one-pedal driving experience, but regenerative braking is present, no worries. Trust us, we have seen a lot of regenerative braking systems across Hyundai and Kia EVs. Compared to other Toyota cars with ICE, the bZ4X feels nippier, and instantaneous, thanks to full-electric power with no sluggish CVT system. If you are a fan of Toyota’s reliability and reputation over the years, you will not be disappointed with the bZ4X.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Mileage

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Buying an EV rests on a very important aspect, which is the mileage. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with the exact MPGe figures, as the dear old EPA is yet to test the bZ4X. However, Toyota has given us the estimates, which means that the EPA ratings will be close to the car giant’s claims. The single motor XLE will return the best mileage in the whole range, which is about 252 miles. The top-spec Limited FWD will return 10 miles lower than the base variant. The AWD models of both the bZ4X models will return slightly lower mileage figures: 228 and 222, to be precise. The EPA estimated mileage figures quoted by Toyota for FWD are 131/107/119 for city/highway/combined, and 114/94/104 for city/highway/combined for the AWD variants. In comparison to the leading competitors like the Volkswagen ID.4, the base bZ4X is set to produce better mileage figures, in both city and highway. The only caveat would be its smaller battery pack, which will possibly make the overall range suffer. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that EPA rates the bZ4X well. What about charging the battery? Well, the standard 6.6 kW charging brick will take about 11 hours to juice up. It is a “Level 2” charging, by the way. Using a 120V outlet will take even more time. A more powerful DC charging will top up the battery up to 80 percent in about an hour. Compared to the competition, the bZ4X will take more time to charge than a Kia EV6.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Mileage
Model  City Highway  Combined
bZ4X FWD 131 MPGe 107 MPGe 119 MPGe
bZ4X AWD 114 MPGe 94 MPGe 104 MPGe

bZ4X Interior

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The cabin is where things start to get interesting, especially the design and the overall aesthetics. Surely it shares a lot of similarities to the Solterra, but for a Toyota, it is way more modern than any of the brand’s current selling models. Inside the cabin, there are a handful of odd design languages that don’t quite live up to the accolades they deserve. Like the placement of the instrument console, which is a seven-inch fully digital unit, by the way. It is placed too far from the leather-wrapped steering wheel, leaving a big space in between. In Japan, the bZ4X comes with a yoke-style steering wheel instead of a traditional round shape. So, the placement of the instrument console and the steering wheel does not intervene with the visuals. Build quality isn’t exceptional and could have been better. There is a mixture of hard and soft plastics, along with fabric textures on the dashboard. The door panels have a lot of piano black plastic trims, while the lower part is dominated by hard plastics.

The focal point inside the cabin would be the center console, which houses a huge 12.3-inch touchscreen along with touch-sensitive and push buttons just below it for the HVAC. The stop-start button is placed ergonomically beside the middle air vents. The lower part of the center console brings the gear selector and a couple of buttons, along with a wireless charging pad, nicely covered by a piano black casing. These are followed by two cupholders and a decent size bin for extra storage. The cabin is quite futuristic and from a Toyota fanboy’s point of view, you will love the tech which is missing from the other Toyota cars. Another weird thing to note is that the bZ4X does not have a glovebox. Yeah, that is true. But what you will have is a space below the center console for added storage areas.

Seating and Interior Space

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When will the Toyota bZ4X be available?
The Toyota bZ4X will be available across the country in the latter part of 2022.

Like other Toyota cars, the bZ4X offers good, comfortable seats. As standard, there are six-way manually adjustable front seats. The Limited models come with an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, and a manually adjustable front passenger seat. The standard cloth/leatherette seats are very comfortable, but if you want the best experience, then you will have to choose the Limited trim, for the SofTex-trimmed seats. Heated front seats are optional on the XLE, but standard on the Limited with added ventilation. The latter trim can be optioned with heated rear seats if you want your co-passengers to get the best comfort. Now that you know, the seating comfort inside the bZ4X is like a typical Toyota, how about the spaciousness? Well, it is good, but not ground-breaking. The first row has a generous 38.6 inches of headroom, 57.8 inches of shoulder room, and legroom which is measured at 42.1 inches. Getting on the back is no problem, because of the bZ4X’s higher ground clearance. But what you will instantly notice is its slightly tighter headroom of 37.1 inches. Anyone above six feet will almost touch the roof. The legroom available at the rear is 35.3 inches, which is good for the majority of you guys. But as we have said, it is not the best. If you seek better rear-seat space, both the ID.4 and the EV6 are worthy options, you can check out. They have got at least an inch higher rear headroom, and about four inches more legroom.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Interior Dimensions
First  Second
Headroom 38.6 in. 37.1 in.
Shoulder Room 57.8 in. 56.0 in.
Hip Room 54.4 in. 44.8 in.
Leg Room 42.1 in. 35.3 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

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The bZ4X is a budget EV, so don’t expect a plush interior. You will have an abundance of hard plastics around the cabin, along with soft-touch materials on the major touchpoints. The seats on the XLE are part cloth, part leatherette, and are available in only Black color. The Limited models swap the cloth/leatherette seats with leatherette-only ones. You can either go with the Black or Light Gray colored interior. The latter color option is recommended for better cabin looks. The continuance of the use of piano black plastics around the cabin, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel is common. However, the build quality of the top-spec Limited models could have been better. But given the reputation of Toyota, the materials will hardly fall apart in the long run.

Toyota bZ4X Trunk and Cargo Space

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Toyota offers a good cargo space of 27.7 cubic feet, behind the rear seats, which is enough for your short family trips or carrying a week’s worth of groceries. However, the optional JBL sound system will sever the space to 25.8 cubic feet. Also, unlike other leading EVs in its segment, it does have a frunk for added practicality. Instead, Toyota chose to house the electric motor along with other components under the hood, making it look quite messy. You can expand the cargo capacity by folding the rear seats. Among the three leading competitors, the ID.4 has a bigger 30.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats, but the EV6 has a slightly shrunken trunk than the bZ4X.

Toyota bZ4X Infotainment and Features

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Features

There are a lot of features that come with the 2023 bZ4X, and as there are only two trims to choose from, it is clear and easy to decide on which trim you should choose depending on your needs. The base XLE features a seven-inch driver information display, a dual-zone climate control, a wireless charging pad, a push-button start, optional heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt/telescopic adjustability.

The more premium Limited models pack an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats as standard, remote start, and a heated steering wheel. However, the rear seat heating along with the front row foot-and-leg heater are available as optional add-ons.

Other standard features include a full suite of advanced driver aids, which Toyota calls the Safety Sense 3.0. It contains features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection warning, road-sign assist, blindspot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and more.

Infotainment

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Unlike the Subaru, Toyota did not cheap out on offering the big 12.3-inch touchscreen display inside the bZ4X. The latest iteration of the Entune feels refined, snappy, and full of features with enriched user intuitiveness. You will have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto baked into the system. You can also summon the voice assistant by simply calling “Hey Toyota”, and you can ask about the weather, navigate you to the nearest center of interest, or even give commands to adjust the HVAC settings. The XLE models come with a six-speaker audio system, and satellite radio by default. The Limited models sport an optional nine-speaker JBL sound system, which includes an amplifier and a subwoofer. The seven-inch driver information display and the 12.3-inch center infotainment screen display all the necessary data including total range, battery percentage, regenerative braking details, distance to empty, and a lot of information related to the battery and the electric motor(s).

2023 Toyota bZ4X Problems and Reliability

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The bZ4X is the first mass-produced global BEV from the house of Toyota. So, there is no history regarding how reliable it has been or how long it will remain untouched from recalls. But, we trust the brand, and we have seen how reliable the Japanese brands ace it when it comes to reliability. We hope that the bZ4X to emerge as a reliable BEV in its segment. As for the warranty, Toyota is not compromising on it. You will have a three-year/36,000 miles of basic warranty, followed by a five-year/60,000 miles of powertrain warranty. Toyota will also provide a warranty for eight-year/100,000 miles for the battery. A five-year/unlimited miles of anti-corrosion, a two-year/25,000 miles of free maintenance, and a two-year/25,000 miles of roadside assistance.

Warranty

2023 Toyota bZ4X Warranty Coverage
Basic Powertrain  Drivetrain Corrosion Free Maintenance Roadside Assistance
Length 36 months 60 months 96 months 60 months 24 months 24 months
Mileage 36,000 miles 60,000 miles 100,000 miles Unlimited miles 25,000 miles 25,000 miles

2023 Toyota bZ4X Safety

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Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not tested the bZ4X’s stoutness. But given the reputation of Toyota, we can expect it to acquire a full-star rating along with a “Top Safety Pick+” award. We will update you guys when we have the crash test ratings from both agencies.

Key Safety Features

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X comes installed with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which packs more advanced driver aids across the models. They are:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane-departure warning with steering assist
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic high beams
  • Front and rear parking assist

Other notable passive safety features include:

  • Stability control
  • ABS
  • Traction control
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Eight airbags
  • Safe exit assist
  • 360-degree perimeter scan (Limited only)

Verdict: Is the Toyota bZ4X a Good Car?

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As Toyota is stepping into the shoes of the EV culture, we are appreciating the efforts and commitments which brought the bZ4X to light. It is Toyota’s mass-produced global BEV, and it is surprisingly not aiming to beat every possible competitor. Moreover, it is opening a door for the existing Toyota customers who want to switch to an electric car without thinking about jumping onto some other brands. For a Toyota, the bZ4X is a very advanced electric SUV with all the modern bits and pieces, which makes it look and feel different from other Toyota cars. A seven-inch MID, a huge 12.3-inch touchscreen display, wireless charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, we mean everything, will keep the younger generations happy. As for the performance, it is not the fastest, but given that it is expected to provide a good range for the price, we would forgive the performance. Now, don’t think that the bZ4X is slow by any means. Like all other EVs, it benefits from instant electric power from the motor(s), making city and highway driving experiences better. We get that the bZ4X’s starting price is quite higher than the competition. But for a reliable brand like Toyota, the extra price is justified somehow.

What is the Price of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X?

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How much does the Toyota bZ4X cost?
The starting price of the new BEV from Toyota, the bZ4X, starts from $42,000, excluding the $1,215 destination charges.

The entry-level bZ4X, which is the XLE with the front-wheel-drive system, starts at $42,000 excluding the $1,215 destination charges. Adding an AWD system to the XLE will add another $2,080 to the starting price. The top-spec Limited trim with the FWD system is priced at $46,700, while the AWD variant will cost you $48,780. Considering the price tag of the whole bZ4X range, the starting price is slightly higher than most of the competition, like the Kia EV6 and the Volkswagen ID.4.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Models

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The bZ4X is available in two models: XLE and Limited. It is good to see that there is no big trim list which often overwhelms potential buyers like you. But as per Toyota’s trend, a couple of trims will follow up with the upcoming model years. Both the XLE and the Limited models can be chosen with either FWD or AWD systems, depending on your preferences. We have mentioned all the features available with both the models down below.

XLE
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights, DRLs, and taillights
  • Seven-inch multi-information display
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Wireless charging pad
  • USB-A and USB-C connections
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Cloth/leatherette upholstery
  • Six-way manually adjustable front seats
  • The soft-touch fabric dashboard trim
  • Piano-black plastic trim
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration
  • SiriusXM
  • Six-speaker audio unit

Every bZ4X comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane-departure warning with steering assist
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic high beams
  • Front and rear parking assist
Limited
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome accents on the lower grille
  • Multi-LED projector LEDs
  • Chrome window trim
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leatherette seats
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front driver seat with power lumbar support
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Ambient floor lighting
  • Optional nine-speaker JBL sound system
  • Downhill Assist Control (AWD)

Additional Packages

Toyota has recently released more details about the bZ4X, and it seems that there are quite a few options, which might grab your attention. The XLE can be optioned with only one package, which is the Weather Package. The package will unlock heating functions for the steering wheel and front seats for $500, which are quite handy features. The Weather Package for the Limited models will be slightly different as they pack heated rear seats, along with a foot and leg warmer. The Weather Package is either available with the split rear roof spoiler, and the JBL sound system, or you can have all of it for $1,130.

What Toyota bZ4X Model Should I Buy?

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Want to know more? Swipe up to read the full review of Toyota’s newest EV.

The bZ4X’s base XLE is well-equipped for a $42,000 EV. So we would easily recommend it over the other models. The XLE with the FWD system will be the best, if you are mileage conscious. If you get your hands on the added features and a more plush interior, then the Limited trim is for you. However, we recommend the Weather Package for both trim levels.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Comparisons

2023 Toyota bZ4X Comparisons
Model Horsepower MPGe (Combined) Price (MSRP)
Toyota bZ4X 201/214 119/104 $42,000
Kia EV6 167/320 117/105 $40,900
Volkswagen ID.4 201/295 97/96 $40,760

2023 Toyota bZ4X vs 2022 Kia EV6

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For the price, the EV6 is an impressive BEV, especially when it comes to the convenience features such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory functions, better interior space, heated front seats, and a tad better build quality. All of these are default features, by the way. So by being $2,000 cheaper, you will gain more features. Not everything is on the winning side for the EV6. The base electric motor is weaker in power compared to the bZ4X. Toyota expects that the bZ4X will deliver at least 119 MPGe combined in the EPA testings, which is slightly higher than the Kia EV6. In the end, you have to make your call to choose the right side. If you want better performance, the EV6 GT-Line is available for about $50,000.

Read our full driven review on the 2022 Kia EV6

2023 Toyota bZ4X vs 2022 Volkswagen ID.4

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Like the base EV6, the starting price of the ID.4 is cheaper than the bZ4X. But that does not make it look or feel cheap. The ID.4 comes loaded with features, such as power-adjustable front seats, a bigger driver information display, heated front seats, keyless entry, and more. But VW did not make it as power-efficient like its other two arch enemies. The result? Under 100 MPGe combined EPA ratings when the competition is almost touching 120 MPGe. The ID.4 is a more practical option with bigger boot space and has a more spacious rear row than the bZ4X.

Read our full review on the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4

Amreetam Basu
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After working predominantly as a freelancer at CarHP/CarIndigo, Amreetam joined the TopSpeed team as a journalist in September 2021. In a world where SUVs are booming, he favors sedans and adores BMWs and Mercedes, with a special spot for Lexus and Genesis. He is currently pursuing Master of Arts in History and is 23 years old.  Read full bio
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