3 Things Consumer Reports Doesn’t Like About the 2023 Toyota bZ4X

Consumer Reports has had plenty of nice things to say about Toyota’s new electric crossover, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. However, creating the perfect crossover is nearly impossible, especially at an affordable price. While the 2023 Toyota bZ4X will undoubtedly be a popular new EV, there are a few things that Consumer Reports would like to see changed.

Consumer Reports doesn’t like the 2023 Toyota bZ4X onboard charger

A 2023 Toyota bZ4X navigates a city environment while it rains.
2023 Toyota bZ4X | Toyota

Firstly, Consumer Reports isn’t a fan of the onboard charger with the bZ4X. In all-electric vehicles, an onboard charger is required to make sure the car can run. However, with Toyota’s new crossover, the charger is a 6.6-kW model, limiting charging speed. Plugging into a Level 1 or 2 home charger could take much longer than rivals.

Alternatively, most electric vehicles come with an onboard charger with an output of 7.7 to 11.5 kW. Toyota’s first electric crossover falls short of competitors. Additionally, as MotorBiscuit previously reported, the bZ4X loses charging capability in freezing temperatures.

Toyota’s electric crossover is missing features

A gray 2023 Toyota bZ4X electric SUV is driving down the road.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X | Toyota

Next, Consumer Reports doesn’t like that the new bZ4X is missing some features. For example, the $42,000 version does not have power adjustment for the front seats. Additionally, there’s no conventional glove box, and it only has a manual rear hatch. For such a high starting price, these are features CR believes should be standard across the board.

Secondly, the rear windshield doesn’t have a wiper. Like reduced charging capacity, this is another reason for those in cold or rainy climates to avoid the bZ4X. Unfortunately, owners will have to manually remove every last bit when snow and ice cover the rear windshield.

Consumer Reports doesn’t like the black trim


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Finally, the publication dislikes that the 2023 Toyota bZ4X still uses black plastic trim. Inside the cabin and on the exterior, there’s shiny black plastic trim. Inside, it causes reflections, collects fingerprints and scratches, and looks cheap. Moreover, the vehicle’s exterior is clad with black trim pieces that don’t look good flat-out.

However, CR noted that the electric crossover is available in other colors. On the XLE trim, customers can purchase white, silver, grey, and red instead of black, which cost $425 each. In addition, the Limited trim level gains the choice of a two-tone exterior. This selection adds a black roof for $925, which assists with hiding the contrasting trim.

What does Consumer Reports like about the 2023 Toyota bZ4X?

Consumer Reports still likes more than it hates about the Toyota EV with all that being said. Furthermore, highlights of its review include acceleration, ride quality, handling, interior space, a quiet cabin, and rear door handles. Each item is excellent and gives CR interest in recommending the bZ4X.

In conclusion, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X is an excellent new electric crossover. As the popular brand’s first EV, it’ll take a lot of criticism out of the gate. Although CR loves a lot about the bZ4X, there’s always something wrong with every model. Dislikes include the onboard charger, a few missing features, and black plastic trim.