2024 Toyota bZ4X EPA Range And Energy Consumption: How Does It Compare To Tesla Model Y?

By automotive-mag.com 7 Min Read

The 2024 Toyota bZ4X was recently listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, confirming the range ratings outlined by the manufacturer in January.

The front-wheel-drive version of the bZ4X, equipped with a 71.4-kilowatt-hour battery, has an EPA Combined range of up to 252 miles. The all-wheel-drive version, with a 72.8-kilowatt-hour battery, can go up to 228 miles. These numbers concern 18-inch wheels.

The Limited trim, which comes with 20-inch wheels, has a higher energy consumption and lower range—236 miles and 222 miles, respectively.

The range values of the Toyota bZ4X are one of the car’s weakest points, as many competitors offer up to around 300 miles (mainly due to bigger batteries), at least in some of the versions. In the case of the bZ4X, it’s 222-252 miles, but on the highway, it might be 20-25 miles less (200-225 miles), considering the EPA’s energy consumption label.

The Toyota bZ4X XLE FWD with 18-inch wheels’ energy consumption, including charging losses, is estimated at 119 MPGe, or about 283 watt-hours per mile (3.5 miles/kWh). That’s the most efficient version of the car.

The switch to 20-inch wheels increases the total energy consumption by over 6% to 112 MPGe: 301 Wh/mi or 3.3 miles/kWh.

An even higher increase in energy consumption brings the switch from FWD to AWD powertrain. The top-of-the-line 2024 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD 20-in version with 20-inch wheels is rated at 102 MPGe: 330 Wh/mi or 3.0 miles/kWh.

2024 Toyota bZ4X XLE FWD 18-in :: EPA Range rating by InsideEVs
[Electric Vehicle 2-cycle label]
Combined
City
Highway
252 miles (405 km)
N/A
N/A
EPA Energy consumption (including charging losses):
Combined
City
Highway
119 MPGe: 283 Wh/mi or 3.5 miles/kWh
131 MPGe: 257 Wh/mi or 3.9 miles/kWh
107 MPGe: 315 Wh/mi or 3.2 miles/kWh
2024 Toyota bZ4X Limited FWD 20-in :: EPA Range rating by InsideEVs
[Electric Vehicle 2-cycle label]
Combined
City
Highway
236 miles (380 km)
N/A
N/A
EPA Energy consumption (including charging losses):
Combined
City
Highway
112 MPGe: 301 Wh/mi or 3.3 miles/kWh
121 MPGe: 279 Wh/mi or 3.6 miles/kWh
102 MPGe: 330 Wh/mi or 3.0 miles/kWh
2024 Toyota bZ4X XLE AWD 18-in :: EPA Range rating by InsideEVs
[Electric Vehicle 2-cycle label]
Combined
City
Highway
228 miles (367 km)
N/A
N/A
EPA Energy consumption (including charging losses):
Combined
City
Highway
104 MPGe: 324 Wh/mi or 3.1 miles/kWh
114 MPGe: 296 Wh/mi or 3.4 miles/kWh
94 MPGe: 359 Wh/mi or 2.8 miles/kWh
2024 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD 20-in :: EPA Range rating by InsideEVs
[Electric Vehicle 2-cycle label]
Combined
City
Highway
222 miles (357 km)
N/A
N/A
EPA Energy consumption (including charging losses):
Combined
City
Highway
102 MPGe: 330 Wh/mi or 3.0 miles/kWh
112 MPGe: 301 Wh/mi or 3.3 miles/kWh
92 MPGe: 366 Wh/mi or 2.7 miles/kWh

The Toyota bZ4X’s energy consumption isn’t bad, but it isn’t the best either. Things are interesting once we compare the Japanese EV with the 2024 Tesla Model Y—the car to beat—which has a new EPA rating for the AWD version with 19-inch wheels.

2024 Toyota bZ4X EPA rating vs 2024 Tesla Model Y AWD IMG

The Tesla Model Y has a higher battery capacity (roughly 80 kWh) and up to 310 miles of EPA Combined range. Its energy consumption is estimated at 117 MPGe: 288 Wh/mi or 3.5 miles/kWh.

The Toyota bZ4X AWD with 18-inch wheels is rated at 324 Wh/mi or 3.1 miles/kWh, which is 12.5% higher energy consumption.

2024 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD 19-in :: EPA Range rating by InsideEVs
[Electric Vehicle 5-cycle label]
Combined
City
Highway
310 miles (499 km)
N/A
N/A
EPA Energy consumption (including charging losses):
Combined
City
Highway
117 MPGe: 288 Wh/mi or 3.5 miles/kWh
122 MPGe: 276 Wh/mi or 3.6 miles/kWh
112 MPGe: 301 Wh/mi or 3.3 miles/kWh

In other words, we see a 36% range difference. That’s partially due to a higher battery capacity (over 1/10) and higher overall efficiency (over 1/10). Aerodynamics and other elements also contribute to the difference, but it seems that for now, battery capacity and efficiency are the two areas where Toyota can improve.

Model Drive Battery
(kWh)
EPA
Range
0-60
mph
(sec)
Top
Speed
(mph)
2024 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD 19-in AWD   310 mi 4.8 135
2024 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD 20-in AWD   292 mi* 4.8 135
2024 Toyota bZ4X XLE FWD 18-in FWD 71.4 252 mi 7.1  
2024 Toyota bZ4X Limited FWD 20-in FWD 71.4 236 mi 7.1  
2024 Toyota bZ4X XLE AWD 18-in AWD 72.8 228 mi 6.5  
2024 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD 20-in AWD 72.8 222 mi 6.5  

* EPA range according to Tesla’s website; ** the new Tesla Model Y Long Range RWD version is not yet listed by EPA, so we excluded it from the comparison.

The comparison between the AWD versions of the Tesla Model Y and Toyota bZ4X is interesting because the two cars are relatively similarly priced (MSRP level).

Toyota will have a challenging time competing with a 300-mile Tesla at such a price tag, especially since a $7,500 federal tax credit is involved (imported cars are not eligible, aside from leasing).

So the main question is whether we will see the next iteration of the Toyota EV with an 80+ kWh battery and efficiency improvements.

Model Base Price Dest. Charge Tax Credit Effective Price
2024 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD 19-in $47,990 +$1,640 $7,500 $42,130
2024 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD 20-in $49,990 +$1,640 $7,500 $44,130
2024 Toyota bZ4X XLE FWD 18-in $43,070 +$1,350 N/A $44,420
2024 Toyota bZ4X Limited FWD 20-in $47,180 +$1,350 N/A $48,530
2024 Toyota bZ4X XLE AWD 18-in $45,150 +$1,350 N/A $46,500
2024 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD 20-in $49,260 +$1,350 N/A $50,610

* Tesla adds a Destination Fee (DST) of $1,390 and an Order Fee of $250 to all its models ($1,640 total).

Share This Article
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *