With the 2023 bZ4X crossover, Toyota plans to re-enter the electric vehicle sector with an edgy style that differentiates it from Toyota’s gasoline-powered SUVs. The bZ4X, in contrast to Toyota’s previous all-electric offering (the RAV4 EV), is available at Toyota dealerships across the country.
A 252-mile range is claimed for the front-wheel drive version, but the all-wheel drive version requires recharging every few miles. The bZ4X is the newest member of the growing group of non-luxury EV SUVs, which also includes the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, the Ford Mustang Mach E, the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia Niro EV, the Tesla Model Y, and the Volkswagen ID.4, but its real-world highway range in our testing puts it at the bottom of the heap. While the Subaru Solterra and the bZ4X were co-developed, the Subaru is more expensive and comes with all-wheel drive as standard equipment.
2023 Toyota BZ4X Price
With front-wheel drive, the 2023 bZ4X XLE has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $42,000, plus a destination charge of $1,215. The base price of a Limited model is $46,700. In order to have an all-wheel drive, a second electric motor is required, which will cost an additional $2,080.
High-quality paint is a substantial upgrade for both versions. The Limited grade adds a JBL sound system with 9 speakers and heated back seats.
Leasing or purchasing a new bZ4X electric vehicle may qualify you for a $7,500 federal tax credit, and some states provide additional incentives on top of that. Home charging equipment is not included in the price, however, Toyota provides one year of free, unlimited charging at EVgo stations.
The 2023 bZ4X costs around the same as the Kia EV6, Volkswagen ID.4, Subaru Solterra, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, and others in its class, while costing less than the Ioniq 5 and the Mach-E.
Toyota BZ4X Colors
- Wind Chill Pearl
- Supersonic Red
- Heavy Metal
- Elemental Silver Metallic
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
The base drivetrain is a front-wheel-drive, single-motor system with 201 horsepower, which is the same as the Kia Niro EV and the front-wheel-drive Volkswagen ID.4. The 215 hp of the front-wheel-drive model are increased to 220 of the all-wheel-drive model thanks to the addition of a second motor. As a comparison, the all-wheel-drive ID.4 (295 hp) and the all-wheel-drive Hyundai Ioniq 5 (147 hp) both have far more power than that (320 hp).
Both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models impressed us with their quick starts, but don’t think you can outrun a Tesla. On our test track, the fastest of the dual-motor versions took 6.4 seconds to reach 60 mph, which is decent but not thrilling. The bZ4X offers a comfortable ride quality over bumps without being too soft, and the steering has an adequate amount of weight to it. The bZ4X comes close to the ideal of one-pedal driving that we enjoy in other EVs thanks to the addition of a button on the center console that boosts regenerative braking.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Both the single-motor and dual-motor bZ4X powertrains are equipped with roughly comparable battery packs (63.4 kWh in the former and 65.5 kWh in the latter). The front-wheel-drive (FWD) single-motor model has an EPA-estimated range of 242/252 miles (Limited/XLE), while the all-wheel-drive (AWD) variant has an estimated range of 222/228 miles. We were dissatisfied with the dual-motor model’s disappointing 160-mile driving range in our testing.
You may not notice the range limitation as much if you spend most of your driving in the city, but this result is tied with the Nissan Leaf for the lowest highway result among EVs. The 6.6 kW onboard charger can fully recharge the battery in 9 hours when connected to a Level 2 power source. According to Toyota, a full 80 percent charge can be added in under an hour using a DC fast charger, with peak charging speeds of 150 kW for front-drive versions and 100 kW for all-wheel-drive vehicles. In addition, purchasers get a free year of charging at EVgo stations.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The bZ4X can achieve up to 131 city MPGe and 107 highway MPGe. Our dual-motor Limited test vehicle only managed 86 MPGe on our highway fuel economy route at 75 mph.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The cabin of the bZ4X is roomy and bright, and it features a digital gauge display and a 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. Standard features include a wireless display mirroring system for compatible mobile devices and free navigation for the first three years. There is no glovebox, but there is plenty of storage space in the broad console between the front seats, including a standard wireless charging pad for smartphones. The Limited offers an optional radiant heating element in the lower dash to warm the legs of front-seat passengers during cold drives. There is no trunk, and the rear cargo space only measures 26–28 cubic feet (versus 38 for the RAV4).
Infotainment and Connectivity
Standard on every bZ4X model is a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster. The system has a decent amount of connectivity, with cloud-based navigation, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless smartphone charging. The base sound system has six speakers and comes with a SiriusXM satellite radio, while the nine-speaker JBL stereo system is an available upgrade for the Limited model.
2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD
Vehicle Type: front- and mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $49,995/$52,050
Options: audio package (JBL stereo, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto audio, Sirius XM, Wi-Fi), $580; two-tone exterior, $500; Wind Chill Pearl paint, $425; weather package (heated rear seats, front radiant heat), $350; rear spoiler, $200
Front Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 107 hp, 124 lb-ft
Rear Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 107 hp, 124 lb-ft
Combined Power: 214 hp
Combined Torque: 248 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 65.6 kWh
Onboard Charger: 6.6 kW
Transmissions, F/R: direct-drive
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.9-in vented disc/12.5-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza EL450 Enliten
235/50R-20 100V M+S
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length: 184.6 in
Width: 73.2 in
Height: 65.0 in
Passenger Volume: 94 ft3
Cargo Volume: 26 ft3
Curb Weight: 4514 lb
60 mph: 6.3 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.9 sec @ 92 mph
100 mph: 18.5 sec
The results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.9 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 104 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 174 ft
Road holding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.82 g
Observed: 76 MPGe
75-mph Highway Driving: 86 MPGe
Highway Range: 160 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (MFR’S EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 112/92/102 MPGe
Range: 222 mi