Toyota BZ4X Research

The Car Connection Toyota BZ4X Overview

The Toyota BZ4X is a fully electric utility vehicle, and Toyota’s first EV aimed at nationwide buyers. With a crossover body style and a range of more than 200 miles, it fits right in as an alternative to the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Volkswagen ID.4, among others on the way. 

The BZ4X doesn’t share its design or sheetmetal with any gasoline model. Built on a shared dedicated electric vehicle platform with the Subaru Solterra and upcoming Lexus RX 450e, the BZ4X incorporates a version of Subaru’s X-Mode traction system, allowing some wheelspin and nuanced wheel control over snow and varied trail surfaces—making it one of the few electric vehicles in its segment capable of going where the pavement ends.

Read our 2023 Toyota BZ4X review 

With single-motor front-wheel-drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive versions, each offered in XLE or upscale Limited versions, there are essentially four trim levels of the BZ4X. Single-motor versions come with a 71.4-kwh battery pack, while AWD versions have a 72.8-kwh pack. Both can charge up in about 9 hours with a Level 2 (240V) connector, but the smaller of the two packs has somewhat higher-power (150-kw vs. 100 kw) DC fast charging. All-wheel-drive versions are slightly quicker, at 6.5 seconds to 60 mph vs. 7.1 seconds, and range numbers for the 2023 model year span from 222 miles up to 252 miles, with the latter for the front-wheel-drive XLE. All BZ4X versions have four-wheel disc brakes and a four-wheel independent suspension, with a relatively soft ride but precise steering and predictable handling. While other EVs might emphasize sportiness, the operative word here is "easy."

At 184.6 inches long and built on a wheelbase of 112.2 inches, the BZ4X is about as large as the RAV4 on the outside but feels a bit bigger inside. You can fit especially tall occupants behind each other, and while there's no frunk or glovebox, the cargo space of 27.7 cubic feet has a useful dual-tier layout and can be expanded with flat folding rear seatbacks. The interior is tight and quiet, and the use of fabric surfaces for the dash likely help with that.

All BZ4X versions include a 12.3-inch touchscreen system with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and a new Toyota Safety System 3.0 suite of active-safety items. Top Limited versions add Digital Key compatibility, heated and cooled front seats, and a power liftgate, plus available JBL premium audio, heated rear seats, and a radiant heating system.

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