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2023 Toyota bZ4X

Key Specs
USEU
Cylinders
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Displacement
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Power
(0)/ KW(hp)/RPM
Torque
0/0 lb-ft/RPM
Electrical motor power
NaN kw
Electrical motor torque
NaN lb-ft
Total maximum power
150 kw
Total maximum torque
195.5 lb-ft
Fuel System
Electric
Fuel
Electric
Fuel capacity
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Fuel capacity (optional)
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Fuel capacity (CNG)
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CNG cylinder capacity
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Top Speed
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Top speed (electrical)
100 mph
Acceleration 0-62 Mph
8.4 s
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
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Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
Tire Size
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Unladen Weight
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Unladen Weight (2)
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Gross Weight Limit
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Gross Weight Limit (2)
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Length
184.6 in
Width
73.2 in
Height
65 in
Front/rear Track
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Wheelbase
112.2 in
Ground Clearance
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Cargo Volume
16 cuFT
Aerodynamics (Cd)
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Aerodynamics (frontal area)
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Turning circle
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Turning circle (curb to curb)
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Turning circle (wall to wall)
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Power pack
Lithium-ion
Nominal Capacity
71.4 kWh
Maximum Capacity
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Charger type
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Charging time (normal)
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Charging time (quick)
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Range
280 miles
City
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City (CNG)
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Highway
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Highway (CNG)
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Combined
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Combined (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions
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Low
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Low (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (Low)
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Medium
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Medium (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (Medium)
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High
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High (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (High)
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Extra high
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Extra high (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (Extra high)
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Combined
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Combined (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (Combined)
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Cylinders
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Displacement
-
Power
(0)/ KW(hp)/RPM
Torque
0 Nm/RPM
Electrical motor power
0 hp
Electrical motor torque
0 Nm
Total maximum power
204 hp
Total maximum torque
265 Nm
Fuel System
Electric
Fuel
Electric
Fuel capacity
-
Fuel capacity (optional)
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Fuel capacity (CNG)
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CNG cylinder capacity
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Top Speed
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Top speed (electrical)
161 km/h
Acceleration 0-62 Mph
8.4 s
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
-
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
Tire Size
-
Unladen Weight
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Unladen Weight (2)
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Gross Weight Limit
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Gross Weight Limit (2)
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Length
4689 mm
Width
1859 mm
Height
1651 mm
Front/rear Track
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Wheelbase
2850 mm
Ground Clearance
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Cargo Volume
453 L
Aerodynamics (Cd)
-
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
-
Turning circle
-
Turning circle (curb to curb)
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Turning circle (wall to wall)
-
Power pack
Lithium-ion
Nominal Capacity
71.4 kWh
Maximum Capacity
-
Charger type
-
Charging time (normal)
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Charging time (quick)
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Range
450.6 km
City
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City (CNG)
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Highway
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Highway (CNG)
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Combined
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Combined (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions
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Low
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Low (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (Low)
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Medium
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Medium (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (Medium)
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High
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High (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (High)
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Extra high
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Extra high (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (Extra high)
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Combined
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Combined (CNG)
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CO2 Emissions (Combined)
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Driven: 2023 Toyota bZ4X – Hybrid No More

As one of the biggest proponents of hybrid technology, Toyota has been somewhat of a laggard when it comes to offering a full electric vehicle. This shortcoming is now rectified with the launch of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X compact SUV.
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While it’s not the first EV from the Japanese automaker - it had a California-only RAV4 EV built from 2012-2014 - the bZ4X is the first of a series of electrics that will be sold by both Toyota and its luxury Lexus sibling. While it shares a family look with the similar-size RAV4 closer inspection reveals some significant differences that go beyond the powertrain.

The Toyota bZ4X has the classic looks and stance of an SUV accentuated by the black wheel arches. While it dispenses with the traditional grille in favor of solid front fascia, there is a lower intake as well as slit between the thin headlamp units. The wheel arches, rather than being plastic cladding, are the metal fenders painted in contrasting black gloss paint. The roof is also black, which also gives the bZ4X a slightly lower and sportier look. All these touches serve to differentiate it from the other SUVs in Toyota’s lineup.

That different approach carries over to the interior. The 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster sits high on the dash in front of the driver and above the steering wheel. There’s no way to adjust the wheel itself high enough to look through it like you would in a conventional car. While it serves as sort of a head-up display in a fixed binnacle, it is a bit off-putting. When you drive the bZ4X, it feels as if the steering wheel and column are more in your lap instead of in front of your outstretched arms.

The rest of the interior is fairly spartan, with cloth covering some dash surfaces and leatherette used to upholster the seats. There are some piano black and chrome accents that add to the rather plain looks. Because of the flat floor, there’s plenty of legroom front and rear and the overall cabin feels spacious for a compact.

The center console is dominated by a large 12.3-inch center touchscreen with enhanced connectivity features including over-the-air (OTA) updates, cloud-based navigation and destination assists and a voice assistant that responds to “Hey Toyota” voice commands.

Toyota offers the bZ4X in two trim levels, XLE and Limited in either front- or all-wheel-drive. The front-drive models feature a 150 kW (201 horsepower) electric motor, while the all-wheel-drive versions employ two 80 kW (107 horsepower) motors front and rear for a total system output of 214 horsepower.

Front-drive variants are equipped with 71.4 kWh battery packs good for a range of 252 miles on XLE and 242 miles on the slightly heavier and more feature laden Limited. A slightly larger 72.8 kWh battery powers all-wheel drive models, which have shorter ranges of 228 miles for the XLE and 222 miles for AWD.

The front-drive Limited model I drove has plenty of power, near silent operation and a solid road feel thanks to the 4,398-pound curb weight. The steering is light, yet precise and the overall driving experience is more like a car than a SUV. Part of that may be the seating position, which doesn’t feel as high up as in a RAV4.

The bZ4X is quick off the line and the brake feel and feedback is solid, though unlike other EVs, which offer paddle controls to adjust regenerative braking, there’s a switch on the center console to select a level. However, it lacks a regen mode aggressive enough to allow for one-pedal driving.

While I drove only a front-drive model, the extra traction (and weight) of the all-wheel-drive presents its own set of considerations since there isn’t an appreciable different in power (13 horses). The price gap is only $2,000 more, but you’re also sacrificing range in the bargain. The decision to go front- or all-wheel-drive boils down to whether you live in a climate where you’d want the additional traction AWD affords. Even then, the front-drive models should be up to the task of taking whatever Mother Nature can throw at it in most instances.

The bZ4X isn’t the only game in town, however. As part of its joint venture with Subaru, where the latter supplies both with the 86 and BRZ sport coupes, Toyota builds both the bZ4X and the Solterra for its partner. While there are some minor styling tweaks, they are essentially the same vehicle. However, Subaru, true to its heritage, only offers the all-wheel-drive variants.

Pricing starts at $42,000 for the front-drive XLE and $46,700 for the similarly equipped Limited trim. The AWD models are $44,080 in XLE and $48,700 for the Limited. The Toyota bZ4X is also eligible for the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit.

 
 
 
 
 

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