The 2023 Toyota bZ4X is a fully electric crossover that’s offered in a simple lineup of two trims, the XLE and the Limited. Both are outfitted with an electric powertrain that produces 201 hp and 196 lb.-ft. of torque with front-wheel drive and 214 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque with all-wheel drive. In terms of driving range, the XLE with FWD can travel up to 252 miles on a single charge, while the FWD Limited can reach 242 miles before needing another juice. With AWD, those numbers change to 228 and 222, respectively. Also of note, AWD bZ4Xs feature the novel X-MODE, a traction-optimizing system that controls each wheel separately to hold the road in a variety of driving situations (the settings are snow/dirt and snow/mud). The X-MODE system also pairs with Grip-Control, a sort of low-speed off-road cruise control.
Plenty of charging options are available for the 2023 bZ4X, including 120V, 240V, and DC rapid. With the standard Combined Charging System (CCS), you’ll be able to charge the ’23 bZ4X either at home or at a public charging station. Using the 240V Level 2 charger, a full charge can be achieved in about 9.5 hours. Additionally, those who buy or lease a ’23 bZ4X will receive one year of unlimited complimentary charging at all EVgo stations.
It’s clear with one glance that Toyota’s debuting bZ4X is anything but conventional – in both looks and features. On the outside, you’ll notice LED lighting elements, a panoramic fixed-glass roof, rain-sensing wipers, a windshield wiper de-icer, rear privacy glass, proximity entry (Smart Key), and heated side mirrors with puddle lights and turn-signal/blind-spot indicators. Its cabin highlights are dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch multi-information display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, synthetic-leather/fabric seats with polygonal design inserts, push-button ignition, illuminated vanity mirrors, a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, and a height-adjustable cargo deck with storage.
The XLE has an abundance of great tech features, too, such as a wireless phone charger, five USB ports (four Type-C charging and one Type-A media), a 12-volt power outlet, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, as well as an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay with Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Heating for the front seats and steering wheel is optional on the XLE and standard on the Limited. This higher trim also gets a hands-free liftgate, smartphone-based Digital Key, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, and ambient interior lighting. For a more striking visual presence, the bZ4X is eligible for a two-tone exterior and a split-roof rear spoiler. It also qualifies for heated rear seats and a really nice nine-speaker JBL audio system.
The bZ4X gets a bevy of advanced driving aids via the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite. This state-of-the-art bundle includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist. Both trims also have blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, safe exit assist, and front and rear parking assist with automatic emergency braking.