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Toyota bZ4X 2023: A hybrid car made by Toyota is one of the most popular in the league. Toyota’s first national electric car is more of a utility vehicle than a player for MVP. Since the Prius was released, Toyota has been the leader in hybrid cars. The company has a wide variety of gas-electric vehicles now.
Toyota, on the other hand, has mostly been on the sidelines. When it comes to electric cars, with the exception of a few short stints in the minor leagues with the RAV4 EV. Which was sold in California in 1997 and again in 2011. The bZ4X, a new electric car from Toyota, is finally here. It will be sold across the country. It’s a slow and steady effort that doesn’t try to swing for the fences too much.
It doesn’t matter that the name looks like a product planner. Smashed his fist into a computer keyboard to come up with it. The bZ stands for “beyond Zero” emissions, the 4 stands for the size of the car. And the X stands for the SUV body style. The bZ5X SUV is about the size of a Highlander. It is the next in the line of electric bZ cars.
The bZ4X, which is somewhat longer and lower than the RAV4, was created in collaboration with Subaru. Who is currently selling the almost identical Solterra? The bZ4X has a trapezoidal non-grille, but the Solterra has a hex shaped grille. The designs are mostly differentiated upfront. Where the bZ4X has a trapezoidal non-grille and the Solterra has a hex-shaped grille.
Sculpting on the sides is the same on both. As are thick black plastic components over the wheel arches on both. Following in the footsteps of Tesla, there is only one standard color: black. Colors like as white, red, silver, and grey cost an additional $425. And in the Limited, they can be combined with a black roof for an additional $500.
The most significant distinction between the two vehicles is that Toyota offers both. A front-wheel-drive single-motor and an all-wheel-drive dual-motor option, whilst Subaru only offers all-wheel drive. Both bZ4X powertrains are available in XLE and Limited trim levels.
The base configuration generates 201 horsepower, which is a respectable figure. That equals the output of the single-motor Volkswagen ID.4 and Kia Niro EV. In our testing, we found that the FWD bZ4X could reach 60 mph in just under seven seconds. Which is faster than the 7.6 seconds we observed with the Volkswagen but slower than the 6.2 seconds we recorded with the Kia.
What makes the bZ4X unique is that, whereas other automakers position their all-wheel-drive dual-motor EVs for high performance, the bZ4X’s dual-motor configuration adds only 13 horsepower, for a total of 214 horsepower. That is in stark contrast to similarly configured variants of the ID.4 (295 horsepower), the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 (all with 320 horsepower), and the Polestar 2 (both with 320 horsepower) (408 horsepower).
However, while Toyota claims that it wanted both models to have a similar driving character, the real reason is most likely to maintain some differentiation between the bZ4X and the mechanically similar Lexus RZ450e, which uses the same 201-hp front motor and the same 107-hp rear motor for a total of 308 horsepower.
It doesn’t matter whatever option you choose, the all-wheel-drive version offers superior off-the-line performance, with our AWD Limited test car reaching 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Unfortunately, the dual-motor ID.4 is significantly faster, clocking in at 5.4 seconds, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are even faster, clocking in at 4.5 seconds.
Subaru’s all-wheel-drive version comes equipped with more than just the usual off-road equipment, which is a nice touch. Additionally, there is a hill-descent control feature, as well as X-Mode programming, which includes two off-road settings. There’s also a brake-based mechanism that distributes torque across either axle if one wheel loses traction for whatever reason. However, while we didn’t have the opportunity to test the bZ4X off-road, we did with its Subaru brother, which performed admirably on some sandy off-road terrain.
Their respective battery capacities are 63.4 kWh (single-motor) and 65.6 kWh (double-motor) (in the dual motor). Their EPA range estimations are adequate but not class-leading: 242/252 miles (Limited/XLE) for front-drive and 222/228 miles (all-wheel drive). The dual-motor Limited got only 160 miles in our highway test, putting it near the bottom of our EV range findings.
A year of free EVgo charging is included, and a ChargePoint Level 2 home charger is available for $699 (not including installation). It takes roughly 11 hours to fully recharge the battery with a Level 2 supply. Toyota estimates that charging the bZ4X to 80% takes little 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 models. The bZ4X has solar panels on the roof in international markets, but not in the US.
The conventional glass roof in the US makes the cabin feel more spacious. Thin pillars help visibility. The rear seat cushion is low, providing for ample head and legroom. A radiant heating device in the lower dash of the Limited heats the legs of front-seat occupants. The high center console features a wireless charging station and a huge open storage area beneath it.
No glove box or trunk, although the rear cargo space may hold 26-28 cubic feet (versus 38 for the RAV4). Its digital instrumentation is immediately in front of the driver, unlike Prius versions. The display is over the steering wheel, so drivers who prefer a higher wheel position may find it partially concealed. Onscreen touchpoints for audio tweaking and a 12.3-inch central touchscreen with excellent visuals and wireless phone mirroring. With Wi-Fi, you may listen to music from Apple or Amazon. Toyota’s Drive Connect service includes three years of free navigation and “Hey, Toyota” voice recognition.
Starting at $43,215 for the XLE and $47,915. The $2,080 all-wheel-drive dual-motor powertrain upgrade AWD, lane departure, lane-keeping, and Safe Exit Assist are standard on all models. With a motion-activated power liftgate, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, multiview camera, and 20-inch wheels. Sales have begun in ZEV states, and the bZ4X will be available nationwide by year’s end. As a result of the nearly 150,000 Prius Primes sold since 2017, Toyota’s $7500 federal EV tax credit may be phased out in the fourth quarter of this year, so interested purchasers should act immediately.
Toyota bZ4X 2023 starts from $49,995/$52,050-2 tone exterior, $500 Wind Chill Pearl paint, $425 weather kit (heated rear seats, front radiant heat), and $350 rear spoiler.