Affordable EVs? How the 2023 Toyota BZ4X price compares to other electric crossovers

Driving impressions and pricing are ongoing for the 2023 Toyota BZ4X, which is Toyota’s first battery-electric vehicle since discontinuing the RAV4 EV in 2014. Much has changed during this time, and while Toyota is remained the hybrid leader, it is now catching up to rival electric crossovers, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Tesla Model Y, not to mention the small electric cars that are on sale for years, like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt EV.

Developed in partnership with Subaru and near-twin to the related 2023 Subaru Solterra, the BZ4X compact crossover heralds the first of seven Toyota models planned with the BZ, or “Beyond Zero” naming convention. Standard with single-motor front-wheel drive or available with twin-motor all-wheel drive, the 2023 BZ4X follows Toyota’s traditionally conservative approach to new automotive technology.

Instead of rewriting the book on what a clean car can be, the BZ4X serves as a progression of the excellent Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, offering Toyota customers a smooth bridge between gasoline power and all-electric locomotion. . But Toyota plans to sell just 7,000 of its first EVs in its first year on sale in the United States, limiting its upside amid a growing number of electric compact crossovers.

At $43,215, including $1,215 destination, it’s priced competitively with single-engine rivals, but by the third quarter of this year, Toyota will hit the sales threshold for electrified vehicles, in which case the government will cut the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit in half and then cut it in half. in 2023 for another six months before being phased out completely (ongoing legislation may reverse this trend). Limited availability and limited reimbursement put the BZ4X at a disadvantage against all other automakers except Tesla and GM, whose credits have been removed entirely.

Here’s a look at how it stacks up, by price and number of rivals. Pricing for the similar 2023 Subaru Solterra is expected in the coming weeks. For driving impressions and a full review, click on the links that title each vehicle.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota BZ4X

Powertrains: Single-motor front-wheel-drive versions have a 71.4 kWh battery; dual-motor all-wheel-drive models use a 72.8 kWh block.

Output and range: Single-motor models have 201 hp and 196 lb-ft of torque, and an EPA-estimated range of 252 miles for the base XLE; the dual motors make 214 hp and 248 lb-ft, and have a range of up to 228 miles.

Price: Single-engine versions start at $43,215, including $1,215 destination (all prices now include destination charges). The AWD XLE is $45,295 and the Limited tops the line at $49,995. Toyota vehicles are eligible for the full federal electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500 until Q3 2022, then halved to $3,750 until 2023, then halved again before January. complete elimination by the third quarter of 2023.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

The Ioniq 5 combines retro hatchback styling cues with futuristic lighting and wheels, and great packaging inside. It’s an overhaul of how interior space can be optimized, and its 800-volt charging on 350kW DC fast charging is the kind of cutting-edge technology found on electric vehicles that are two times more expensive.

Powertrain: A 77.4 kWh battery and single-engine rear-wheel drive or twin-engine all-wheel drive. A smaller 58 kWh battery variant is planned, but has not yet been released.

Output and range: A 168 kW single-motor model produces 225 hp and 258 lb-ft, and has a range of 303 miles and an EPA efficiency of 114 MPGe; the AWD model has a 74 kW motor up front and a 165 kW motor in the rear that make 320 hp and 446 lb-ft, with a range of 256 miles and an EPA efficiency of 98 MPGe.

Price: The base Ioniq 5 SE costs $44,825 (including $1,225 destination) while the top Limited version costs $51,825; AWD costs $3,500 or $3,900 more on the top Limited trim. The smaller 58 kWh battery model will start at $40,925. Hyundai electrical appliances are still eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

Kia EV6 2022

Kia EV6 2022

Kia EV6 2022

Kia EV6 2022

Kia EV6 2022

Kia EV6 2022

Kia EV6 2022

Kia EV6 2022

2022 Kia EV6

Kia uses the same platform and mechanics as the Ioniq 5, but packs it in a sleeker, sportier style that looks as much like a European fastback tourer as an electric crossover. Unlike the Solterra and the BZ4X, the EV6 and the Ioniq 5 will never be confused. Unlike Hyundai, Kia sells the EV6 nationwide and now offers the smaller battery and cheaper base model.

Powertrains: A smaller 58 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive come with the Light model; a larger 77.4 kWh model can be fitted with single-motor rear-wheel drive or twin-motor all-wheel drive.

Output and range: The 58 kWh model has a 195 kW motor that produces 167 hp and 258 lb-ft, the same torque as the models with the larger motor and battery; it has a range of 232 miles and an EPA efficiency of 117 MPGe combined. The 77.4 kWh pack comes with a 225 hp, 258 lb-ft engine; this model has the same efficiency rating but a range of up to 310 miles. Models with the larger package and dual-motor all-wheel drive produce 320 hp and 446 lb-ft, but performance sacrifices efficiency as the EPA rating drops to 105 MPGe combined and a range drops to 274 miles.

Price: The base Light model is $42,115, including a destination charge of $1,255. The larger single-motor package in Wind trim costs $48,225, and adding another motor for AWD adds $3,900. On top of the $52,455 GT-Line, AWD adds $3,700. Kia electrical appliances are still eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mustang Mach-E took on the muscle car’s iconic name and was the first affordable electric crossover to take on the Tesla Model Y. It mimics Tesla’s touchscreen layout, but can’t match the technological sophistication . Still, the Mach-E is a compelling rear-drive bridge from one era of accessible sports cars to another, and it has crossover versatility.

Powertrains: A standard range 70 kWh battery is available in single-motor rear-wheel-drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive configurations; a 91 kWh extended range battery is also available.

Output and range: Single-motor versions make 266 or 290 hp and twin-motor models make 346 hp in the standard range and 480 hp and 600 lb-ft in the AWD GT. The Mach-E is fast in all its forms, with 0-60mph times falling between a brisk 6.1 seconds and a blazing 3.5 seconds. The Select RWD has a range of 247 miles, the GT has a range of 270 miles, and the Route 1 Extended Range with RWD has the best range at 314 miles.

Price: The base Select model with rear-wheel drive and Standard Range 70 kWh battery costs $43,995, and adding a second motor for AWD adds $2,700. Buyers need to upgrade to the $49,200 Premium model to get the extended-range battery. At the top of the line, the Mustang Mach-E GT costs $61,095 and the GT Performance Edition adds another $5,000. Every Mach-E is eligible for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit at this time, though Ford is on a similar EV sales trajectory to Toyota, so the elimination could begin This year.

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 2022

The VW ID.4 arrived shortly after the Mustang Mach-E to offer a conservatively styled yet roomy alternative to the Model Y. The tech falls short, with an unnecessarily complex touchscreen layout and climate controls, but the ID.4 is the cheapest electric crossover on our list, which goes deep in our book, even if the lineup lags the leaders.

Powertrain: Single-motor rear-wheel drive or twin-motor all-wheel drive are offered, both with a 77 kWh battery.

Output and range: Single-motor RWD models have 201 hp and 229 lb-ft, while AWD models get a boost to 295 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, which cuts the 0-60 mph range time from seven seconds to the five-second range. The 2022 ID.4 Pro gets 112 MPGe and has a range of 280 miles, while AWD drops it to 101 MPGe and 251 miles of range. The better equipped ID.4 Pro S versions with AWD are rated at 95 MPGe and 245 miles of range.

Price: VW charges $41,955 for the base Pro model or $45,635 for the Pro AWD. Pro S models start at $46,455 with rear-wheel drive or $50,135 with AWD. VW electrical appliances are still eligible for the full $7,500 credit.

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y 2022

The electric compact crossover for the masses has fulfilled its mission of being first to market, but Tesla has betrayed its promise of affordability by steadily raising the price, including a jump of at least $10,000 in the past 18 last months. Yet despite some build quality issues, the brand’s best-selling brand in the US still leads its class in efficiency and boasts the most advanced technology.

Powertrain: The Long Range and Performance models both have dual-motor all-wheel drive, but Tesla doesn’t disclose battery size or power.

Output and range: The Performance model was rated at 480bhp, has a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and a range of 303 miles. The Long Range model reaches 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a range of 303 miles.

Price: Long-range versions start at $64,990 (including a $1,200 destination charge) and Performance models start at $67,990.

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