The Toyota bZ4X's interior is clearly that of a modern electric crossover. You can tell by its eco-friendly materials, the large 12.3-inch display, and the touch-sensitive climate controls. However, it's also a little dreary in its standard black/grey color scheme - both the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E look more interesting inside. Toyota says that the dedicated BEV platform allowed it to design a spacious interior that is particularly wide, so three passengers at the back won't be too uncomfortable. Every model comes with a standard seven-inch multi-information display, although it's surrounded by a cheap-looking housing in shiny plastic. Dual-zone automatic climate control and a soft-touch fabric dashboard are standard.
The bZ4X is strictly a five-seat vehicle with no option for a third row. Passenger space feels generous, with some deceptive measurements on the spec sheet. Rear legroom, for example, feels more spacious than a comparable RAV4, despite the measurements saying otherwise. A lack of large transmission tunnel in the rear aids in the overall feeling of openness, though some competitors like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 offer more room in the back. Front passengers have ample space for their feet, with clever storage freed up by the lack of a physical transmission. We feel like Toyota could have gone further to create a futuristic cabin, but wanted to keep the layout more familiar for its loyal customers.
|Toyota bZ4X Trims||XLE||XLE AWD||Limited||Limited AWD|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.6 in.||38.6 in.||38.6 in.||38.6 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||37.1 in.||37.1 in.||37.1 in.||37.1 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.1 in.||42.1 in.||42.1 in.||42.1 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||35.3 in.||35.3 in.||35.3 in.||35.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.8 in.||57.8 in.||57.8 in.||57.8 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||56 in.||56 in.||56 in.||56 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||54.4 in.||54.4 in.||54.4 in.||54.4 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||44.8 in.||44.8 in.||44.8 in.||44.8 in.|
The base XLE comes with a mix of fabric/SofTex seating upholstery with an embossed polygonal design. Disappointingly, this model makes do with only a dreary black interior. Automakers tend to experiment with interior materials on EVs and the same is true here. The bZ4X has an unusual soft-touch fabric for the dashboard. It looks neat but it remains to be seen how this material will age. Piano Black interior accents and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard.
For Limited models, the seats are trimmed in only SofTex in either Black or a much more welcoming Light Gray. This trim level also has a satin material to give the space a further lift. We were, however, disappointed with the appearance of the plastic surrounding the instrument panel. Still, being a Toyota, the bZ4X cabin should stand the test of time.
Behind the second row, the Toyota bZ4X's cargo space amounts to 27.7 cubic feet. If you equip the optional JBL sound system on the Limited models, the trunk size is reduced to 25.8 cubes. While the Toyota's trunk is useful for daily errands and short getaways, both the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E have more space behind their second row of seats. A 60/40-split-folding second row makes transporting larger or more unusually shaped items easier in the Toyota, though the company does not quote storage space with the seats folded. Unlike some other EVs, there is no front trunk under the bZ4X's hood.
Toyota has done well to maximize interior storage space. There is an open storage area below the floating center console, and it's large enough for a small handbag. Above this is the armrest which doubles as covered storage. Cupholders are provided for front and rear occupants, and there are seatback pockets behind both front seats. More storage is also provided in the door pockets and under the trunk floor for a charging cable.
With only two trim levels, the all-electric bZ4X lineup doesn't confuse you with a maze of choices, options, and trim levels. The base XLE comes with a seven-inch LCD display for key information, wireless smartphone charging, one USB-A port, and four USB-C charge ports. Those features will keep the smartphone generation happy. The front seats are six-way manually adjustable and can be optionally heated. Dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic fixed glass roof with a power sunshade, and a dial-type shift knob are all standard.
The Limited builds on those features with heated and ventilated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, remote start, and a heated steering wheel. Heated rear seats and a front radiant foot-and-leg heater are options on this top trim.
Both models are generously equipped with safety gear like lane departure alert, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and dynamic radar cruise control. Front and rear parking assist is standard. The Limited also has an overhead camera system with perimeter scan and curb view.
Like other recent Toyota vehicles, the bZ4X gets the company's latest infotainment system, living on a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen. We've grown to love this system in our previous encounters, with standard features such as wireless CarPlay/Android Auto, over-the-air updates, Apple/Amazon Music integration, intelligent voice command, and more. Aside from a charging menu, the bZ4X's infotainment is standard Toyota kit.
Aside from the infotainment screen, there's also a small helper display in front of the steering wheel. This screen shows standard information such as range, acceleration/regen, and battery status. It can also show audio, trip, and other data. While the screen is helpful, its placement feels rather awkward. Unless you lower the steering wheel to an uncomfortably low level, the display can be obscured. We suggest sitting in the bZ4X and adjusting the seat and wheel to see if it fits you properly.
The basic sound system is a six-speaker unit across the range, but Limited models have access to a nine-speaker audio setup from JBL, which includes a subwoofer and amplifier.