This may come as a surprise, but the 2023 toyota bz4x is the first from scratch. Electric toyota and no, the handful of rav4 evs, produced to please california. Regulators do not count turns out the company that popularized the hybrid has been hesitant to join the all electric revolution. The bz4x speaks to that hesitancy, its an exceedingly safe effort with rav4 like styling, as well as range power and recharging specs that are hardly ambitious. Toyota even split the development with subaru, which calls its awd only version, the soul, terra for those wishing toyota still sold a raw four of today, the bz4x should probably satisfy for everyone else. There are ultimately more compelling evs. At the same time, certain versions of the bz4x present a strong value case, specifically the front wheel, drive versions. You see most other evs like the hyundai ioniq 5 kia, ev6 and volkswagen id.4 come standard with a single motor powering the rear wheels their optional. All wheel, drive systems which add a second motor for the front. Wheels will be a must in wintry climates, but bring with them hefty performance and price increases. The awd bz4x instead swaps, out its large front motor for a pair of smaller motors, mounted one apiece to each axle negation. The performance upgrade is barely noticeable, but the price increase is roughly the same as what youd find with gas powered suvs front. Wheel drive is perfectly acceptable for winter too, so you can easily bypass the awd option altogether and enjoy more acceptable range 258 miles versus 228.

. Basically, itll be easier for more people to live with a base model bz4xxle than the similarly priced ionic, 5 ev6 and id 0.4, its a more competitive car when cheaper and is equipped well enough that you shouldnt feel short changed. Just dont expect something as fully realized as the exceptional ionic, 5 and ev6, nor even the characterful, but flawed id 0.4 safe isnt, a terrible way to go. Toyota sold 400 000 rav4s last year, but we wish toyota had been more ambitious, at least with the powertrain whats new for 2023.. The bz4x is an all new model. What are the bz4x interior and in car technology like the bz4x strikes a nice balance between functionality and achieving the more futuristic, aesthetic typically demanded of an ev, basically its, not too weird. There are physical toggles for temperature settings and the accompanying touch sensitive climate buttons are illuminated and seemed responsive enough during our first drive. That said, wed prefer a volume knob. The shifter is yet another newfangled design, thats different for difference sake, but was also easy enough to figure out more basic vehicle functions are still served by buttons and stocks. We also like the abundance of storage up front, including an enclosed bin for your smartphone. Unfortunately, that bins cover and the surrounding trim are gloss black, which horribly attracts fingerprints and manage to consistently reflect the sun into our eyes, while driving the gray fabric on the dash is a much more successful and glare free interior adornment in car technology is dominated by A standard 12.

3 inch touchscreen, which is toyotas latest interface, shared only with the tundra, its a clear upgrade over what youd find in other toyotas and is generally user friendly. However, we would like a split screen. Functionality like toyota offers, with the highlanders widescreen display the bz4x. Also features a unique digital instrument panel placed roughly in between where traditional gauges and a head up display would be in your line of sight. This means its above the wheel rim, rather than under it. Shorter drivers might find the rim blocks some of the displays bottom, but taller drivers should be fine. Toyota will apparently offer a tesla like yoke to remedy this, but that seems like a silly work around solution to a problem that doesnt need to exist. How big is the bz4x? The bz4x is about four inches longer and two inches lower than a rov4 with 2.5 fewer inches of legroom, but that still makes it a compact suv dash just a slightly smaller one, not unlike a mazda cx 5. It may be less able to fit a rear facing child seat without scooting a front seat forward. As a result of this, cargo, space is also restricted compared to conventional compact suvs because of its fast back roof line its actually not unlike the toyota prius in its cargo area design, though its certainly larger its 27.7 cubic feet, is actually the same as the kia Ev6 and given the similar shape should probably be able to carry as much stuff as the kia can.

What are the beezy, 4x range and performance specs the front wheel, drive bz4x comes with a 150 kilowatt motor that produces 201 horsepower about the same as the rov4 hybrid, though that weighs more than 500 pounds less. It has a 71.4 kilowatt hour battery that returns an estimated 252 miles of range, with the xle trim and 242. With the limited the all wheel, drive. Bz4X has a pair of 80 kilowatt motors one for each axle. Together they produce 214 horsepower. Most all wheel, drive electric vehicles have a substantial performance advantage over their two wheel, drive versions. The advantage here is a much lower price. Although the awdbz4x battery has a similar capacity at 72.8, kilowatts, its actually a different piece of hardware and gets notably worse range at 228 miles with the xle and 222 miles with the limited these mirror, the awd only subarus altera whats the bz4x like to drive the Main difference between the fwd and oddbz4x is good old fashioned. Torque steer done the fwd model midtern and the bz 4x goes all sub turbo on you, wrenching the tiny steering wheel in your hands as 196 pound feet of torque instantly pours through the front wheels with aud its drama free ditto. If you just go easy on the accelerator once up to speed, youd be hard pressed to tell the difference. The bz4x basically feels like a more substantial rav4, the result of being 576 pounds heavier than a comparable rav4 hybrid, with all that extra battery weight distributed evenly down low between a longer wheelbase, as opposed to being spread out all over the place with an engine transmission Battery gas, tank, etc and before you scoff, remember that the latest rav4 is actually a surprisingly pleasing little sub to drive with precise and nicely weighted steering paired with a suspension that maintains its composure.

If hustled so be the bz4x its not as engaging as the rav4 hybrids, southeast trim levels, though including the rav4 prime and you definitely shouldnt – expect the sort of fun to drive experience youll get in the ionic, 5, f6 or 8.4 still as a computer. Its better to drive than most and benefits from a well executed, one pedal drive mode. Its button is pictured above bottom left that should do most of the braking for you around town and in traffic. Now, should you want to get the bz4x dirty? The all wheel, drive version includes subarus x, mode off road, specific drive mode, pictured above bottom right that changes various vehicle systems to maximize traction. Its ground clearance is also much greater than all those other electric crossovers, though that goes for the fwd version. Two.