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It’s rare for Toyota not to dominate in a segment when included. But, the Tesla Model Y has proven superior to the bZ4X in the electric SUV division. While the luxury factor certainly plays a role in this upset, the Model Y stands out in several key areas. So how exactly did it pull this off? We’ve got five reasons to pick the 2022 Tesla Model Y over the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. 

Superior driving range

A long line of 2022 Tesla Model Y cars outdoors.
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One of the top factors in helping an electric vehicle beat the competition is its range. After all, why buy an electric vehicle if you can only go a few short miles before rushing to your nearest charging station?

It’s no surprise that the Tesla Model Y has a superior range in this situation. This is a large part of why Tesla remains one of the top contenders in the electric division despite the growing competition. The 2022 Tesla Model Y has a range of 330 miles and 122 MPGe, according to Edmunds.

In contrast, Edmunds reports the 2023 Toyota bZ4X has a range of 252 miles and 119 MPGe. While 252 miles is impressive for an electric SUV, it’s hard to ignore that the Tesla Model Y gets 78 more miles of range.

Standard all-wheel drive

All-wheel drive may not be necessary, but when you live in areas with bad weather, it’s nice to have. The 2022 Tesla Model Y offers it as standard. 

Car and Driver report that while you can get all-wheel drive on the 2023 Toyota bZ4X, it will cost you extra— $2080 extra. 

Best standard warranty

Warranties are one of those things that you don’t think about much until something tears up. Then it matters a lot, especially if you’re looking at engine or transmission repairs.

While neither Tesla nor Toyota can compare to Kia’s 10-year warranty, Tesla manages to best Toyota in this case. The Model Y comes with a four-year warranty. The bZ4X only has a three-year warranty

More cargo space

Many drivers are attracted to SUVs due to the extra space. Sedans are great, especially when it comes to gas mileage, but they can make going on vacation feel a little cramped.

With that being said, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X  has a cargo capacity of 27.7 cu-ft with all the seats up. If you lay the seats down to maximize the space, you get 56.1 cu-ft.

The Tesla Model Y has 34.3 cu-ft of space with all the seats up, which is 6.6 cu-ft more than the bZ4X. With all the seats down, this space increases to 76.2 cu-ft, which is 20.1 more cu-ft.

Even those who aren’t concerned with the extra room will likely be impressed with that number. 

Weighs less

Weight isn’t something you typically discuss with vehicles unless you’re an auto enthusiast arguing all the finer points of how a car can be so aerodynamic despite what physics has to say on the subject. It does matter, especially when it comes to SUVs. However, the weight of a vehicle can help you determine factors such as which tools to use when making repairs, as well as what the payload capacity is. It also helps with superior driving dynamics and fuel economy.

In this case, the Tesla Model Y weighs 4,416 pounds, while the Toyota bZ4X weighs 4,514 pounds. 

So does this mean the 2023 Toyota bZ4X is a lousy vehicle? Not at all. It’s gotten great reviews from critics. However, if you’ve got the extra cash, you’ll get more bang for your buck from the Model Y. 


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