Talking Cars 368: Driving the 2023 Toyota bZ4X All-Electric SUV

Toyota’s first pure EV is late to the party and low on range

Main theme: The bZ4X is Toyota’s first pure electric vehicle that’s not a conversion of a traditional model or a fuel-cell vehicle. We describe our first driving impressions of this all-new SUV, which shares its platform with the Subaru Solterra. We also discuss the bZ4X’s modest driving range and whether that’s a big deal; that Toyota is about to start losing its federal EV tax credits; a recent bZ4X recall related to improperly tightened wheels; and why CR will not be buying a bZ4X for our test program.

Audience question: Why do so many cars in Europe have power-folding side mirrors yet it’s a rarity here in the U.S.?

Talking Cars 368 panel
"Talking Cars" panelists Alex Knizek, Mike Monticello, and Jake Fisher.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Mike Monticello

After my dad gave me a ride on his Yamaha two-stroke motorcycle when I was 3, I was hooked on anything with an engine. I got a master’s in journalism as a means to an end: To drive cars and get paid for it, which led me to jobs at Road & Track and Edmunds.com. My most thrilling moment so far has been hurtling down the autobahn at a GPS-timed 217.1 mph in a Ruf Rt12. On weekends you can find me churning dirt on my mountain bike or doing car or motorcycle track days. Follow me on Twitter. (@MikeMonticello)