Toyota launches bZ4X electric SUV with a starting price of $42,000

Toyota has officially released the bZ4X, its first all-electric car in a long time, in the United States and announced a starting price of $42,000.The Japanese automaker already introduced the bZ4X electric SUV last year, but the big missing piece was the U.S. price.


Toyota announced today that the bZ4X will go on sale in the U.S. this week, with the manufacturer's recommended retail price starting at $42,000:


"This spring, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X, arriving at dealerships with an estimated range of 252 miles (for front-drive XLE models, based on EPA testing procedure standards), will have a starting manufacturer-recommended retail price of $42,000. According to the EPA, the average estimated five-year fuel economy for the 2023 bZ4X XLE FWD compared to the average new car is up to $5,000."


However, since Toyota uses a franchise representation model, keep in mind that the buyer and dealer always negotiate the final price.As we recently reported, Toyota expects to reach the $7,500 U.S. federal tax credit limit for electric cars this summer . This will trigger a phase-out period that will gradually bring buyers less money.


Interestingly, the four-wheel drive version is only $2,000 more expensive than the front-wheel drive version, but it is significantly less efficient because you lose about 24 miles of mileage with all-wheel drive:


"The XLE FWD model has an estimated range of up to 252 miles. The EPA estimates that the XLE AWD model has a range of up to 228 miles. The EPA estimates the fuel economy rating for the XLE FWD at 131 miles per gallon in the city, 107 miles per gallon on the highway and 119 miles per gallon combined. The EPA estimates the fuel economy rating for the XLE AWD at 114 miles per gallon in the city, 94 miles per gallon on the highway, and 104 miles per gallon combined."


As for the "Limited" version, it has some more luxurious design accents and 20-inch wheels instead of the XLE version's 18-inch wheels.


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