4 reasons to buy a 2023 Toyota bZ4X, not a Volkswagen ID.4
The EV market is booming and some manufacturers are struggling with consumer demand. For example, Ford stopped taking orders for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning because they can’t keep up with demand. The next round of orders is not expected to begin before 2023. The SUV electric vehicle market is also seeing increased consumer demand, although some electric vehicles are more popular than others.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X is a new electric SUV in a burgeoning EV market that Toyota has been slow to serve. How does it compare to its competitors? Here are four reasons to choose a 2023 Toyota bZ4X over a Volkswagen ID.4.
1. The bZ4X is lighter than the ID.4
Electric vehicles are notoriously heavy vehicles. Electric cars are heavier than traditional gas-powered vehicles due to the extra batteries, reinforced frame and suspension, and metal armor around the battery for protection. Heavier vehicles aren’t as manageable, and the extra weight can affect the range you get from one charge.
Consumer Reports state that the bZ4X weighs 4,465 lbs while the ID.4 weighs 4,905 lbs. The lighter weight of the bZ4X will help improve MPGE and handling.
2. The bZ4X has better fuel economy than the ID.4
According to Car and Driver, the estimated mpge for the bZ4X is 131 mpge city and up to 107 mpge on the highway. The ID.4 achieves 98 mpge in the city and up to 88 mpge on the highway.
The bZ4X comes with a 63.4kWh battery pack in the single motor version and a 65.5kWh battery pack in the dual motor model. The ID.4 comes in the AWD model with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery. The larger battery comes with additional weight, which impacts overall performance.
3. The bZ4X has more payload capacity compared to the ID.4
Although the ID.4 has more cargo space, the bZ4X has more payload capacity. Payload capacity for the bZ4X is 1,169 lbs and the ID.4 is 950 lbs. Cargo space for the ID.4 is 30.3 cubic feet, while the bZ4X has just 27.7 cubic feet.
While more cargo space is a plus, it’s not as useful as the payload capacity is lower.
4. Better ground clearance than the ID.4
EVs have low ground clearance because the battery is on the underside of the car. Another reason is that engineers design them with low ground clearance to improve their aerodynamic properties and make them more efficient. However, problems can and will arise if clearance is too small, increasing the likelihood of bottoming out and damaging the expensive battery underneath the vehicle.
Ground clearance for the bZ4X is 8.1 inches, and ground clearance for the ID.4 is just 6.1 inches. Less ground clearance can mean higher maintenance costs over the life of the vehicle.
Although Toyota came a little late in the game with the introduction of the bZ4X, it’s a strong contender in the SUV EV world. Currently, the bZ4X, the only EV to be mass-produced for Toyota, is expected to have a starting price of around $42,000 MSRP in the US, and customers may also be eligible for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit.
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