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Toyota bZ4X SUV - Reliability & safety

If Toyota's hybrid cars and 10-year warranty are anything to go by, the bZ4X should be very easy to live with

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The Toyota bZ4X is still very new so there’s no real data on reliability yet. There’s no reason to be worried, though – and in fact, we’d expect the car to be amongst the most reliable on the road.

Toyota bZ4X reliability

Toyota has an enviable reputation for reliability. Going back decades, the company has been known for building incredibly dependable cars. It is likely three decades of producing reliable hybrid cars in huge numbers will show in its EV offerings.

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The bZ4X comes with a 10-year warranty, like all Toyota models, which wouldn’t be offered if the brand thought the car would need frequent repairs, and since electric cars have fewer moving parts than models with a petrol or diesel engine, it should be really reliable overall.

Toyota finished 10th in the 2022 Driver Power survey, which is a solid result, but a slip of five places from the previous year.

Safety

The bZ4X received the full five stars from Euro NCAP when it was tested in late 2022, with strong scores across the board. Of all the categories, Vulnerable Road Users (which measures pedestrian safety) was the only one to dip below 80%. That isn’t a huge surprise given that few large SUVs score particularly well in this area of the test.

All versions of the bZ4X come with lots of safety equipment as standard. Entry-level models get a reversing camera, lane assist, traffic sign recognition, auto high beam, adaptive cruise control, hill assist, LED headlights, parking assist, tyre pressure warnings, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and seven airbags.

Move up to higher trim levels and you get adaptive high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, safe exit assist, tiredness assist and a sonar system for detecting objects in front of the car. 

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