Affordable electric cars? How does the 2023 Toyota BZ4X price tag compare to other electric crossovers

Driving impressions and prices of the 2023 Toyota BZ4X, Toyota’s first battery electric vehicle since the RAV4 EV was discontinued in 2014. Much has changed in that time, and while Toyota has remained at the forefront of hybrid vehicles, it is now playing catch-up by competition. Electric crossovers, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Tesla Model Y, not to mention smaller electric vehicles that have been on sale for years, like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt EV

Developed in partnership with Subaru, and a close twin of the related 2023 Subaru Soltera, the BZ4X crossover heralds the first of Toyota’s seven models planned with the naming convention BZ, or “Beyond Zero.” The 2023 BZ4X comes standard with either front-wheel drive single-engine or available dual-motor all-wheel drive, and follows Toyota’s traditional, traditional approach to new vehicle technology.

Rather than rewriting the book about what a clean car could be, the BZ4X serves as a precursor to the premium Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid, providing Toyota customers with a seamless bridge from gas power to all-electric powertrain. But Toyota plans to sell just 7,000 of its first electric car in its first year of sales in the US, limiting its rally amid a growing number of compact electric crossovers.

At $43,215, including $1,215 for destination, it’s priced competitively with single-engine competitors, but by the third quarter of this year, Toyota will hit the threshold for electrified vehicle sales, at which point the Federal Reserve cuts the $7,500 federal tax credit, then lowers it It is halved again in 2023 for another six months before it is completely phased out (pending legislation could reverse this). Limited availability and limited money puts the BZ4X at a disadvantage to every other automaker except for Tesla and GM, whose credits have been phased out entirely.

Here’s a look at how they stack up by price and numbers for competitors. Pricing for a similar 2023 Subaru Ultra is expected in the next few weeks. For driving impressions and a full review, click on the links addressing each vehicle’s title.

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

Motors: Single-motor front-wheel drive versions have a 71.4 kWh battery; Two-wheel drive four-wheel drive models use a 72.8 kWh package.

output and range: Single-engine models feature 201 horsepower, 196 pound-feet of torque, and an EPA-estimated range of 252 miles for the base XLE; The twin engines produce 214 horsepower and 248 pound-feet, and have a range of 228 miles.

price: Single-engine versions start at $43,215, including $1,215 for destination (all prices from now on include destination fees). The AWD XLE costs $45,295, and the Limited tops the lineup at $49,995. Toyota vehicles are eligible for a full $7,500 federal tax credit through the third quarter of 2022, then halved to $3,750 through 2023, and then halved again before fully phasing out by the third quarter of 2023.

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 Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Ioniq 5 combines retro hatchback design cues with futuristic lighting and wheels and premium interior packaging. It’s a rethink of how to improve interior space, and charging it with 800 volts over 350 kW DC fast charging is the kind of cutting edge technology found in electric cars that costs twice as much.

powertrain: 77.4 kWh battery pack, single-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive. A smaller 58 kWh battery type was planned, but not yet released.

output and range: 168 kW single-engine model produces 225 hp and 258 lb-ft, has a range of 303 miles and an EPA efficiency of 114 mpg; The AWD model has a 74 kW front and 165 kW motor in the rear that produce 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet, with a range of 256 miles and an EPA efficiency of 98 mpg.

price: The base Ioniq 5 SE costs $44,825 (including $1,225 for destination) while the Limited top-up costs $51,825; All-wheel drive costs $3,500 or an additional $3,900 in the upper Limited. The smaller 58 kWh battery pack model will start at $40,925. Hyundai Electric is still eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV 6

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

Motors: A smaller 58 kWh battery pack and rear motor come with the Light model; A larger 77.4 kWh model can be had with a single-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or dual-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 larger motor and battery models; It has a range of 232 miles and a combined EPA 117 MPGe efficiency. The 77.4 kWh package comes with an engine that produces 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet; This model has the same efficiency rating but a range of 310 miles. The larger package, twin-engine models get all-wheel drive 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet, but performance sacrifices efficiency as the EPA rating drops to 105 mpg combined and range drops to 274 miles.

priceThe base Light model costs $42,115, including the $1,255 destination fee. A larger package with one motor in the Wind trim costs $48,225, and adding another motor for the AWD adds $3,900. On top of the $52,455 GT-Line, the AWD adds $3,700. Kia Electric is still eligible for a $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 bears the name of the iconic muscle car and was the first affordable electric crossover to face the Tesla Model Y. It mimics Tesla’s touchscreen design, but doesn’t match the technological sophistication. However, the Mach-E makes a compelling tailgate bridge from one era of accessible sports car to another, and it has crossover versatility.

Motors: The 70 kWh standard range battery comes in single-motor rear-wheel drive or dual-motor four-wheel drive configurations; An extended range battery of 91 kWh is also available.

output and range: Single-engine versions produce 266 or 290 horsepower, while twin-engine models produce 346 horsepower in the standard line and 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft in the AWD GT. The Mach-E is fast by any means, dropping from 0-60 mph between 6.1 seconds and 3.5 seconds. The Select RWD has a range of 247 miles, the GT has a range of 270 miles, and the Extended Route 1 with RWD has the best range at 314 miles.

price: The base model selected with rear-wheel drive and the standard 70-kWh battery costs $43,995, and adding a second motor to the AWD system adds $2,700. Buyers have to go for the $49,200 premium model to get the long-range battery. At the top of the lineup, the Mustang Mach-E GT costs $61,095, and the GT Performance Edition adds another $5,000. Every Mach-E is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles right now, though Ford is on a similar EV sales path as Toyota, so phase-out could begin this year.

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 Pro S AWD

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

The VW ID.4 arrived shortly after the Mustang Mach-E to offer a spacious and conservatively designed alternative to the Model Y. The tech doesn’t fall short, with a touchscreen layout and unnecessarily complex climate controls, but the ID.4 is the least expensive electric crossover on our list, which It goes a long way in our book, even if the range tracks leaders.

powertrain: Single-motor rear-wheel drive or two-motor all-wheel drive is offered, both with a 77-kWh battery.

output and rangeSingle-engine rear-wheel drive models get 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet, while all-wheel drive models get 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, cutting the 0-60 mph time from the seven-second range to Five-second range. second range. The 2022 ID.4 Pro gets 112 MPGe and has a range of 280 miles, while AWD drops it to 101 mpg and a range of 251 miles. The better-equipped ID.4 Pro S versions with all-wheel drive are rated at 95 MP and 245 miles of range.

price: Volkswagen charges $41,955 for the base Pro model, or $45,635 for the Pro AWD model. Pro S models start at $46,455 with rear-wheel drive or $50,135 with all-wheel drive. Volkswagen cars are still eligible for the $7,500 full 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

2022 Tesla Model Y

The compact electric crossover for the masses has fulfilled its mission of being the first to enter the market, but Tesla has betrayed its promise of affordability by regularly increasing the price, including a jump of no less than $10,000 in the past 18 months. However, despite some build quality issues, the best-selling brand in the US remains an efficiency leader in its class, and has the most advanced technology.

powertrain: Both the long-range and performance models have a two-wheel drive all-wheel drive, but Tesla doesn’t reveal the battery sizes or outputs.

output and range: The performance model is rated at 480 horsepower, has a 0-60 mph 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 the $1,200 destination fee) and performance models start at $67,990.