2024 Toyota BZ4X Review: Prices, Specs, and Photos

The Toyota bZ4X doesn’t live up to the EV crossover segment’s reputation for performance, but we give credit where it’s due. The bZ4X borrows Subaru’s X-Mode all-terrain system, worthy of a point for its ability to help the bZ4X go where few rivals can. Another point is awarded for the compliant handling and smooth ride. It’s a 7.

The bZ4X comes in two configurations. The base single-motor, front-wheel-drive version makes 201 hp and 196 lb-ft, and the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive option makes 214 hp and 248 lb-ft.

In single-motor configuration, the bZ4X gets a 71.4-kwh battery pack, which, oddly, charges faster than the 72.8-kwh battery pack in the dual-motor version.

The dual-motor all-wheel-drive version of the bZ4X weighs about 800 pounds more than the gas-powered RAV4 crossover, though the extra heft is well disguised by the torquey acceleration and the nimble handling from the low center of gravity. The bZ4X rides on a platform designed specifically for EVs, but otherwise is similar to other compact vehicles with its four-wheel independent suspension, front struts, electric power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes. Despite a wide turning radius, steering is precise, and ride and handling are comfortable and predictable.

The bZ4X features Normal, Eco, and regenerative boost modes, though it omits a Sport mode. The regen mode is as close as this EV gets to one-pedal driving, but requires braking to complete a full stop, with a Hold button to disable creeping at idle.

Many rivals charge faster than the all-wheel-drive bZ4X’s rate of 100 kw, but Toyota makes up for it with good regenerative braking, overall refinement, and pleasant ride quality, as well as its trail-driving capability. 

Is the bZ4X 4WD? 

The dual-motor version of the bZ4X includes all-wheel drive with Subaru’s X-Mode all-terrain system, on loan through the development partnership that created the bZ4X and related Solterra. This system enables torque distribution calibrated for snow, dirt, and mud driving scenarios, and it works as advertised. This system is the bZ4X and Solterra’s main advantage over more efficient rivals.

How fast is the Toyota bZ4X?

Toyota says the single-motor bZ4X is good for a 7.1-second 0-60-mph run, and the dual-motor version goes to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Many rival EVs are quicker, but the bZ4X is quicker than gas competitors, and quieter, as well.

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