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Choosing an EV over a gas-powered vehicle used to mean that you were sacrificing power. You’d be fine if you were focusing solely on daily work or school commute, but otherwise, you were taking a hard hit. That’s why many people never found the electric vehicle lifestyle to be worth it; however, this is rapidly changing thanks to models like the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. You can now drive EV trucks and SUVs that still offer plenty of power and capability without causing you to spend a fortune at the gas pump.
Toyota has been a leader in innovative vehicles, starting with the hybrid Toyota Prius back in 1997. The Prius was the world’s first successful, popular, mass-produced hybrid model to ever exist at that point. This low-emission model took five years to fully develop and launch, and it ended up being one of, if not the most well-known hybrid car on the market. Now, Toyota is diving even further into the eco-friendly range, launching their first-ever fully electric model, the bZ4X.
The new Toyota bZ4X is not just another EV car, though––it’s an all-electric compact SUV. This means that you’ll get much more passenger and cargo space than you would in a traditional EV car. Even better, this new model is AWD-capable. So, when it’s time to prepare for heavy rain or slick roads, you can still depend on the AWD bZ4X to take you places with its 228-mile range. Whether you’re looking to help the environment, save on fuel costs, or both, the new 2023 Toyota bZ4X is a great model to start with.
There’s nothing more important than performance when you’re choosing a new model. This is especially true if you’re looking for an EV. You want something with a lasting range that can also offer power when it’s needed. Put simply, the range is your number one concern as an EV driver.
The good news is that this all-electric SUV can drive for up to 252 miles without needing a charge when you choose the FWD engine. The AWD engine doesn’t fall too far below that, landing at 228 miles. The AWD version can also go from 0 to 60 in as little as 6.5 seconds and produces 214 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. If you want that extra range and aren’t concerned with power, then the FWD engine is well worth it. Otherwise, the AWD engine is well worth the investment.
When you compare this model to other EVs, it’s important to remember that this Toyota model comes with something called “X-Mode.” This mode is a terrain selection system that allows you to choose between two terrain modes––Snow/Dirt and Snow/Mud. Like any other terrain management system, the bZ4X’s allows you to adjust your torque based on road conditions. It all occurs at the simple push of a button. The perk to this is that most EVs do not include terrain management systems.
X-Mode also includes Downhill Assist Control and Grip-Control, which are also uncommon on all-electric models. These technologies are designed to help increase performance on declines and in tight corners, specifically in off-roading situations. Whether you come across an unexpected, rough backroad, or you live out in the country, X-Mode gives you the option to own an EV despite these rough road conditions.
You can charge your bZ4X in many ways. There are a plethora of charging options, including traditional 120-volt and 240-volt chargers, plus DC fast-charging capabilities. Thanks to this, you can choose your own preferred at-home charger while also utilizing public charging stations across the world. Toyota also uses Qmerit to help buyers set up their at-home charging stations, providing them with a free quote. Plus, the first year of public charging is free at all EVgo-owned charging stations.
EVs are never lacking when it comes to technology, both under the hood and in the cabin. The bZ4X has many technology features, including a standard 12.3-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia infotainment system, along with Connected Services. This system supports dual-Bluetooth audio connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Navigation, cloud services, Wi-Fi, and more.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X comes with a 3-year trial of Connect Services, which includes voice and touch controls, along with Cloud Navigation. The Cloud Navigation feature allows you to stay up-to-date with the best available maps and traffic updates. If you start to get lost or the map information is confusing, you can tap into Destination Assist at any time to speak with a live support agent who will help you during your travels.
In addition to these features, you can also share a Digital Key with co-owners thanks to the Toyota app. This means that you don’t have to have a physical key fob in order to drive your new bZ4X. Simply download and set up the Toyota app to access this feature. This feature is exclusive to the bZ4X Limited trim and is part of Toyota’s Remote Connect services. Just like most remotely connected services, you can lock and unlock your model, turn the lights on or off, and much more.
Can’t remember if you hooked up to the charger last night or not? No worries. You can remotely charge the bZ4X via Remote Connect services. Via the Toyota app, you can check your battery’s current charge status, start or stop charging, and even create a charging schedule.
As usual, Toyota prioritizes safety. The 2023 Toyota bZ4X includes a standard suite of safety features called Toyota Safety Sense. The good news is that this model gets even more safety features in addition to Safety Sense’s traditional technologies. Toyota also enhanced many of these traditional driver-assist technologies to work even better than before.
The bZ4X comes with the six following standard safety features:
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection – Alerts you when an accident is likely and works to help you avoid colliding with pedestrians or other vehicles.
Some of these standard features have been enhanced for the 2023 Toyota bZ4X model. In addition to monitoring pedestrians and other vehicles, the bZ4X’s Toyota Safety Sense technology also offers Low-Light Cyclist Detection, Daytime Motorcyclist Detection, and Guardrail Detection. In addition to Toyota Safety Sense, this model comes with standard Blind-Spot Monitoring and Safe Exist Assist. Blind-Spot Monitoring lets you know when there’s a vehicle in your blind spot, deeming it unsafe to switch lanes. Safe Exit Assist is a new feature that prevents passengers from opening the door when it’s unsafe to exit the vehicle due to traffic.