Toyota is taking the slow and steady route to bringing compelling battery electric offerings to market. The bZ4X, the first and so far only BEV, enters its second year with a major upgrade, some new features, and a higher price.
Some may remember that just a month after the bZ4X launched in 2022 as a 2023 product, outlets ran stories about slow charging in cold weather. Mixing up with the PR copy didn’t help matters, with the automaker eventually explaining, “As temperatures drop below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit), charging time will increase significantly. For bZ4X AWD model, charging may slow down “More than other models in weather conditions below 0°C (32°F) and may not be possible when the temperature drops to around -20°C (-4°F) and below.” Future owners can spend less time waiting in cold weather, and Toyota says it has improved battery temperature regulation by adding a water-to-water heat exchanger and a heating modulation valve, resulting in faster DC charging in cold temperatures. However, we do not have numbers to measure the potential change, such as whether there is still a hard limit below -4 degrees.
Shipping will be less hassle and more informed too. Both the XLE and Limited models will come with a portable charging cable capable of handling 120V Level 1 and 240V Level 2 charging. The cable sold with the 2023 model was suitable for Level 1 only. When on the move, every buyer and renter will enjoy a year of free charging with EVgo. The UI designers added a charging information screen to the multi-information display that displays details such as percentage of charge status, estimated time to 80% charge, and estimated range while charging. This last feature will be available to 2023 bZ4X owners, but they will have to visit a dealer for this download. Electrical crossover is enabled for OTA updates, but not this one. Like we said, slow and steady.
After that, it’s no frills. The entry-level XLE comes standard with an eight-way power driver’s seat and a power liftgate. Limited adds Advance Park as standard, which can place the bZ4X in parallel or perpendicular parking.
MSRPs after $1,350 destination charge, and variations for 2023, are:
- XLE: $44,420 ($1,070)
- Limited: $48,430 ($480)
These are intended for front-wheel drive engines. Getting the AWD versions, which are available on both models, costs $2,080. The front-driver XLE is EPA-rated to go up to 252 miles on a charge, and the all-wheel-drive version 228 miles. For the Limited Edition, these figures are 236 and 222 miles respectively.