With the launch of the 2023 bZ4X, its first electric vehicle available in all 50 states, Toyota has taken a more conservative styling and usability approach than some other electric car makers (and we mean that in the nicest possible way).
From its modern yet somewhat conservative styling to its largely conventional controls and interior layout, the new bZ4X looks much like any other Toyota vehicle inside and out, and lacks some of the gimmicky touches so popular with some competitors. That’s probably the right move on Toyota’s part, as EVs continue to move into the mainstream.
The result is that anyone who’s driven a new Toyota should feel right at home in the bZ4X. The oddest thing about it is its name, which looks like the result of someone in marketing dozing off on a keyboard. Awkward to say or spell, it will likely confuse parking valets and parts counter clerks for years to come.
Unfortunate name notwithstanding, there are a lot of things to like about the bZ4X, chief among them its regular-car vibes. Still, there are a couple of things beyond the name we’d change if we could.
Here are six things we like about the 2023 Toyota bZ4X, plus four things we don’t: