Toyota is finally releasing a full-electric vehicle! The 2023 Toyota bZ4X is the first in a new series of electric cars under the ‘Beyond Zero’ moniker, which will include 30 different models to be released by 2030.
The Solterra is essentially a rebadged edition of the Subaru Solterra. It competes with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 as well as the Volkswagen ID.4.
For a full listing of all the available trims and features, be sure to check out our 2023 Toyota bZ4X Trim Levels Guide! Here is our 2023 Toyota bZ4X review:
How is the Exterior?
The Toyota bZ4X electric SUV has a sleek front end that includes smooth LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. The XLE Tech trim level offers multi-LED headlights instead of the standard LED units.
The huge, black-painted overfenders that dominate the side view are distinctive but somewhat startling. On models painted in lighter hues, they’re more noticeable. The cluster housing extends deep into the fenders at the rear and there are LED taillights.
The XLE model has a panoramic fixed glass sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a ducktail rear spoiler. The XLE Tech version adds larger 20-inch alloys and a kick-sensing power trunk. Both offer the option of a black roof.
How is the Interior?
The Toyota bZ4X’s cabin is equipped with a big 12.3-inch touchscreen and touch-sensitive climate controls. Dual-zone automatic temperature control, as well as a seven-inch multi-information display, are standard on all models.
The BEV platform gave it the opportunity to create a roomy interior with adequate legroom for three people in the back.
The passenger compartment of the bZ4X appears to be large. Rear legroom in a comparable RAV4 is said to be less. Without a gearbox, there’s more space for your feet in the front seats. The lack of a physical transmission also frees up clever storage spaces.
Are there a lot of storage areas?
The bZ4X has a large storage area in the front. It’s big enough for a small handbag and features an open storage area below the floating centre console. The armrest, which doubles as covered storage, is above this.
Front and rear occupants can each utilize a cupholder, while there are seatback pockets behind both front seats. There’s also additional storage in the door compartments and under the trunk mat for charging cables.
The Toyota bZ4X’s cargo volume is 27.7 cubic feet behind the second row. The JBL audio system will reduce the trunk size to 25.8 cubes if you pick the XLE Tech package.
The bZ4X features a 60/40-split-folding second row that makes loading larger or oddly shaped objects easier. There is no front trunk beneath the bZ4X’s hood, as there are with some other EVs.
How’s the Infotainment System?
On most trims, the bZ4X comes with a better-equipped infotainment system than before. With standard features such as wireless CarPlay/Android Auto, over-the-air updates, Apple Music integration, intelligent voice command, and more.
The basic sound system has six speakers. The XLE Tech models have nine speakers, which is a setup from JBL. This includes a subwoofer and amplifier.
There is a screen in front of the steering wheel that shows you important information. This includes things like how far you can go before you run out of battery, how fast you’re going, and how much energy you’re using. You can also see information about your trip and music on this screen.
The bZ4X is outfitted with a seven-inch LCD screen for important information, wireless smartphone charging, one USB-A port, and four USB-C charge ports.
How’s the EV Performance?
The new Toyota bZ4X’s performance features are comparable to those of a conventional crossover, such as the gasoline-only Toyota RAV4. In rush-hour traffic, the Toyota is nimble to drive because of its fast torque.
The FWD bZ4X is offered with a single electric motor that drives the front wheels. It produces 201 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque.
The all-wheel-drive version comes with two electric motors, each producing 214 horsepower (107 hp front/107 hp rear) and 124 lb-ft of torque at each axle. Toyota has chosen to maintain the bZ4X’s front motor size and add somewhat more power rather than boost significantly more power in order to avoid overspeeding.
The AWD bZ4X is slightly quicker to get up and going thanks to its greater power. This model comes with an X-Mode function; when used in combination with Multi-terrain Select, it offers Snow/Dirt and Snow/Mud modes. The AWD version is the obvious choice for colder climates.
How does it Drive and Handle?
The bZ4X won’t disappoint, as it offers everything that someone who has enjoyed their Toyota hybrid experience and is ready to take the next step without abandoning brand loyalty could want.
From behind the wheel, the bZ4X provides a greater sense of togetherness than does the RAV4. The low center of gravity and tighter steering translate to less body roll and better accuracy.
Toyota chose a different approach than other EV manufacturers with the braking, which is more like what you’d expect from a regular vehicle. The brake regeneration mode feels more like a traditional style of braking than the one-pedal driving experience offered by Tesla.
How is Charging the bZ4X?
The 6.6-kW onboard charger can be used to charge the battery in approximately 11 hours using a Level 2 charger. Of course, a standard 120V outlet would take longer. High-output DC rapid charging may get the battery up to 80% charged in an hour or less.
The bZ4X models are equipped with distinct batteries. The 71.4-kWh battery pack on the FWD model has a power output of 150 kW, while the 72.8-kWh battery pack on the AWD variant can only charge at 100 kW.
For faster charging, consider the ChargePoint Home Flex Level 2 charger as an option. This 23-foot cable is Wi-Fi enabled and can charge the battery in one hour or add 40km of range per hour.
Size & Dimensions
The Toyota bZ4X is a bigger car than the Volkswagen ID.4 in every dimension. It measures 184.6 inches long, 73.2 inches wide (excluding mirrors), and 65.3 inches tall (including mirrors). The Toyota bZ4X has a 3.7-inch longer length than the RAV4 with ground clearance of 8.1 inches.
What Colours are Available?
The L FWD is only available in Black, but the LE FWD is also offered in Black & Nautical Blue Metallic for an extra cost. You may also choose from Wind Chill Pearl, Supersonic Red, Element Silver Metallic, or Heavy Metal Grey for an additional fee.
The XLE and XLE Tech models are the only two that offer a two-toned design. The black roof is paired with one of the premium colors listed above.
What are the Safety Features?
The Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 is standard on all bZ4X models. This safety package includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian recognition, lane departure warning with steering assistance, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assistance.
In addition to blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic caution and safe exit assistance are included. The car has front/rear parking assist with automatic braking and dynamic gridlines for its rearview camera as well as a panoramic view monitor in higher trims.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2023 Toyota bZ4X review. Toyota has a full-EV vehicle on the market now, and it won’t let us down, but getting one might be difficult. You’ll most likely have to join a waitlist with your local Toyota dealer and wait a while before getting a car.
If you’re interested, we’ve got an in-depth description of all the options available with our 2023 Toyota bZ4X Trim Levels Guide that you shouldn’t miss out on!