Toyota, once a pioneer in the EV market, has been laying low for awhile when it comes to new EV models. Now, it’s swinging hard with the introduction of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. It comes with a slew of fantastic standard features and a striking exterior design that’s sure to catch anyone’s attention. The driving range and fuel efficiency of the bZ4X are nothing to scoff at, although we do admit there are some options that it has trouble competing with. This 2023 Toyota bZ4X review will look into the specs and features that drivers can expect with this new release that’s slated for later in 2022.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X is one of the latest models announced by the company, making it an all-new release for the latter half of the 2022 model year. The brand has announced that it’ll be making its debut in states that have adopted Zero Emission Vehicle or ZEV programs such as California and New York.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X price point starts at around $42,000 with the XLE, the base model of the bZ4X lineup. Next is the Limited edition which sets itself apart from the XLE thanks to additional premium features that push its high-tech vision to the limit. The roster of 2023 Toyota bZ4X colors is quite extensive as it numbers around 8 different colorways. Some great choices we’ve been looking at include Wind Chill Pearl, Heavy Metal, and Supersonic Red. Below is our 2023 Toyota bZ4X cost table which details the starting MSRPs of the 2 trim levels available:
|2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE (FWD)||$42,000*|
|2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE (AWD)||$44,080*|
|2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited (FWD)||$46,700*|
|2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited (AWD)||$48,780*|
Excited for this new release but want an easier way to finance your bZ4X? Then you can avail of Toyota’s leasing program for helpful deals and financing options. The 2023 Toyota bZ4X lease price can be found on their official website. Make sure to check this out with your preferred car dealer to ensure you’re getting the best value for your purchase.
Since it uses a fully electrified powertrain, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X is powered by an AC synchronous electric generator. The powertrain of the bZ4X with the FWD drivetrain creates around 201 horsepower and a torque output of 196 pounds-feet. The AWD drivetrain fairs a little better with its front/rear electric motor setup. The combined system produces around 214 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet of torque. Drivers can make use of Eco and Normal drive modes to fit their driving preferences. To help with its driving range, the bZ4X comes with a regenerative braking feature that siphons the energy created within the breaks during usage. All-wheel drive models even come with a special X-MODE drive mode that handles Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud conditions.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X makes use of a Lithium-ion battery pack which has a total capacity of 71.4 kWh for FWD and 72.8 kWh for AWD models. It’s also rated with a total voltage of 355v and is compatible with multiple AC and DC charging ports. The AC charger has a maximum input of 6.6 kW while the DC charger has a max input of 150 kW for FWD and 100 kW for AWD models.
FUEL EFFICIENT & ACTUAL MPG
The EPA has already released some statistics regarding the fuel efficiency and driving range of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. The XLE model seems to just barely outperform the Limited model by 5 MPGe. However, we feel that this slight difference shouldn’t be too much of a problem in practice. The XLE has an estimated driving range of 252 miles while the Limited model has a range of 242 miles. These statistics are only for the FWD as the AWD drivetrain trades fuel efficiency and driving range for additional performance. Below are the MPG scores received by all models of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X:
|Trim Mileage Estimates||Combined/MPGe|
|2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE (FWD)||119|
|2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE (AWD)||104|
|2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited (FWD)||114|
|2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited (AWD)||102|
INTERIOR, SOLACE & BAGGAGE
For the late-2022 model year, Toyota has made sure to step up its game with the 2023 Toyota bZ4X interior space. The spacious interior welcomes around 5 passengers within a cabin that features 94.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. The seats themselves are covered with a mixture of Fabrics and SofTex trims on the XLE while the Limited’s seat covers are solely composed of SofTex-trimmed surfaces. For cargo capacity, the Toyota bZ4X has a cargo volume of around 27.7 cubic feet across all models. However, the models outfitted with JBL speakers have a cargo volume of 25.8 cubic feet.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X infotainment system makes use of a 12.3-inch touchscreen for the user interface. It comes with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support alongside a 3-month trial of SiriusXM’s services. It also has a 6-speaker setup which can be upgraded to a 9-speaker JBL setup on the Limited models. This option comes with an integrated subwoofer and amplifier unit.
As expected out of Toyota’s newest release, it’s expected to be fitted with the full set of features available on the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite. Some of the included features involve Pre-Collision Systems, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assists, Automatic High Beams, and other driver-assistive technologies. All models come with a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as well. The Limited model comes with 2 unique safety features: a Backup Camera and a Bird’s Eye View Camera.
Toyota’s warranty package that comes with the 2023 Toyota bZ4X can be described as slightly above that of the competition with its inclusion of complimentary maintenance. Their limited warranty coverage spans 3 years or the first 36,000 miles driven, whichever comes first. Next is their powertrain warranty which lasts 5 years with a mileage limit of 60,000 miles driven. Since it uses electrical components, these are covered by an 8-year warranty coverage that’s under a 100-mile driving limit. As we’ve said before, Toyota also offers new drivers a complimentary scheduled maintenance perk that can be availed of for 2 years or the first 25,000 miles driven.