Fuel Efficiency Face-Off: Toyota bZ4X vs Tesla Model Y

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Just how far can the new Toyota bZ4X electric car go on a single charge? The answer depends on a few things.

The good news is the EPA confirmed the range Toyota promised earlier this year. The front-wheel-drive version with smaller wheels can travel up to 252 miles, while the all-wheel-drive version goes up to 228 miles on a full charge.

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The Toyota BZ4X

However, if you choose a bigger-wheel option on the all-wheel-drive model, the range dips a bit to 222 miles. Bigger wheels are less fuel-efficient, and that applies to electric cars too!

The most efficient version of the bZ4X is the front-wheel-drive one with smaller wheels. It gets an estimated 119 MPGe, which is a way of measuring electric car efficiency. Here’s the key takeaway: bigger wheels and all-wheel drive come at the cost of a shorter range and lower efficiency.

Tesla’s Model Y, a popular competitor, boasts a longer range of up to 310 miles, thanks in part to a bigger battery. While both cars have similar efficiency ratings, the Model Y edges out the bZ4X in terms of how many miles you can travel per kWh of battery used.

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