Toyota has given the 2024 Toyota bZ4X an update for the 2024 model year. New features and technologies are making Toyota more competitive. Toyota launched the 2024 bZ4X with new features that simplify EV ownership. The 2024MY has a standard dual voltage (level 1 and level 2) charging cable. New information is now displayed in the MID, including estimated charging time, charging status, and estimated vehicle range.
For 2023 bZ4X owners, you can also get a display upgrade via a software update from your Toyota dealer. The 2024 version is available in two models, XLE and Limited, both available in FWD or AWD.
The base XLE now comes with a power driver’s seat and power tailgate, while the Limited adds automatic parking. The included charging cable can now be connected to a 120-volt or 240-volt power source and includes a display that shows charging information.
An advanced battery temperature management system enables fast DC fast charging in cold weather. Toyota is also offering one year of EVGO charging.
The 2024 Toyota bZ4X offers two trims: XLE starting at $44,420 and Limited at $48,530. Both trims are available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive for an extra $2080. Standard features include a panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control, and safety features. The Limited trim adds premium amenities like heated seats and steering wheel, automated parking, and more. Consider upgrading for enhanced comfort, especially in winter, with the Limited trim.
A front-wheel-drive, single-motor setup is standard, delivering 201 horsepower, matching the output of the base front-wheel-drive versions of the Kia Niro EV and Volkswagen ID. The all-wheel-drive version has two motors, but power increases slightly to 215 horsepower. That’s well below the all-wheel-drive ID.4 (330 hp) or the all-wheel-drive Hyundai Ioniq 5 (320 hp). During our initial test drives, we noticed sluggish acceleration in both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, but you shouldn’t expect to beat any Tesla in a drag race.
On our test track, the most powerful twin-motor version sprinted to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which is respectable but hardly exciting. The bZ4X soaks up bumps without complaint but doesn’t feel floaty, and the steering is reasonably weighted. There are only two levels of regenerative braking: no regenerative braking and partial regenerative braking. The latter can be activated via a button on the center console, but the bZ4X doesn’t offer true one-pedal driving like many other electric cars.
Both 2024 Toyota bZ4X powertrains have nearly identical batteries: a 63.4 kWh pack in the single-motor model and a 65.5 kWh pack in the dual-motor model. EPA-estimated range is 242/252 miles (Limited/XLE) for FWD, single-motor models, and 222/228 miles for all-wheel-drive versions. When we tested the dual-motor model, we were disappointed with its 160-mile highway range result. If you drive primarily in the city, you probably won’t feel the range strain, but this result ties the Nissan Leaf for the lowest highway score among electric vehicles.
When operating at Level 2, the 6.6 kW onboard charger can fully charge the battery in 9 hours. Toyota claims that an 80% charge can be achieved in less than an hour using a DC fast charger, with the front-wheel-drive model having a maximum charge rate of 150 kW; however, the dual-motor version has a maximum power rating of 100 kW. Customers can recharge for free for one year at EVgo locations.
The 2024 Toyota bZ4X has a spacious and airy interior, with a dashboard equipped with a digital instrument display and a 12.3-inch central touchscreen. The instrument display is located far forward and the driver is looking towards the steering wheel, so some drivers will find they need to position the steering wheel very low so it does not obscure the display.
The spacious center console between the two front seats has standard wireless smartphone charging and open storage underneath, but no glovebox. An optional feature on the Limited is a radiant heating element on the lower dash to warm the front-seat rider’s feet. There’s also no trunk, and rear cargo capacity ranges from 26 to 28 cubic feet (38 cubic feet in the RAV4).
All 2024 Toyota bZ4X models come standard with a large 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities and a 7.0-inch digital instrument display. The system connects well with cloud-based navigation, onboard Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless smartphone charging.
A six-speaker stereo with SiriusXM satellite radio is standard, but buyers can opt for an upgraded nine-speaker JBL stereo on Limited models. There are no buttons or knobs to adjust the audio system, and the volume is adjusted via small up/down buttons; the satellite radio interface is also fairly basic.