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At first, Toyota’s bZ4X electric SUV had us scratching our heads. Was it a sign that got messed up? An unsolved CAPTCHA? However, after Toyota teased a larger bZ5X SUV, and later this compact bZ3X crossover, the nomenclature makes a bit more sense. Another offering in Toyota’s growing bZ (Beyond Zero) model line, the bZ3X exists today as a concept, but will eventually fill a C-HR-sized hole in the upcoming lineup of Toyota EVs. Powertrain details, including battery size and maximum driving range, are still being closely guarded, but the bZ3X is an obvious entry into the subcompact crossover segment of the future. This is an essential step in Toyota and Lexus’ plan of 30 new EVs by 2030.

What’s new for 2024?

It’s still early days, and Toyota is tight-lipped on details about the bZ3X, but we think this near-production-ready concept could be ready to order sometime in 2023.

Prices and which one to buy


$40,000 (estimated)


$45,000 (estimated)

We’ll have to wait until Toyota spills the beans on the powertrain details and equipment offerings before we can suggest a specific bZ3X, but it’s likely that Toyota will give its most compact electric SUV the option of single-front-motor or fully loaded dual-motor drive. That’s something to keep the starting price somewhat admirable as a base model, and likely a higher-horsepower and longer-range top-level offering.

As more information becomes available, we will update this story with more details on:

  • EV motor, power and performance
  • Range, charging and battery life
  • Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
  • Interior, comfort and cargo
  • Infotainment and connectivity
  • Safety and Driver Assistance Features
  • Warranty and Maintenance Cover

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