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2023 Toyota BZ4X Before Your First Driving

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Toyota BZ4X 2023 Before Driving the vehicle

The 2023 Toyota BZ4X is a game-changing addition to the company’s lineup. It’s Toyota’s first big step into the market for electric vehicles (EVs). As the world moves toward more environmentally friendly transportation, Toyota has made a big step forward by making the BZ4X, a small electric SUV that is meant to change the way people move in the future. This EV shows how committed Toyota is to coming up with new ideas, being environmentally friendly, and giving drivers a great experience. In this in-depth study, we’ll look at the 2023 Toyota BZ4X‘s most important features, design elements, and technological advances that make it stand out in the world of electric cars, which is always changing.

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Driving the vehicle

The following procedures should be observed to ensure safe driving

Driving procedure

Before starting the EV system

Check that the charging cable is disconnected. 

Starting the EV system

Driving

  1. With the brake pedal depressed, shift the shift position to D. 
    1. Check that the shift position indicator shows D.
  2. If the parking brake is set, release the parking brake. 
    1. If the parking brake is in automatic mode, the parking brake will be released automatically.
  3. Gradually release the brake pedal and gently depress the accelerator pedal to accelerate the vehicle.

Stopping

  1. Depress the brake pedal.
  2. If necessary, set the parking brake. 

If the vehicle is to be stopped for an extended period of time, shift the shift position to P. 

Parking the vehicle

  1. Depress the brake pedal to stop the vehicle completely.
  2. If the parking brake is released, set the parking brake. 
    1. Make sure the parking brake indicator light is on.
  3. Shift the shift position to P. 
    1. Check that the shift position indicator shows P and the parking brake indicator is illuminated.
  4. Press the power switch to stop the EV system.
  5. Slowly release the brake pedal.
  6. Lock the door, making sure that you have the electronic key on your person.

If parking on a hill, block the wheels as needed.

Starting off on a steep uphill

  1. Firmly depress the brake pedal and shift the shift position to D.
    1. The hill-start assist control will be activated.
  2. Set the parking brake. 
  3. Release the brake pedal and gently depress the accelerator pedal to accelerate the vehicle.
  4. Release the parking brake. 

When starting off on an uphill

The hill-start assist control will activate. 

Driving in the rain

  • Drive carefully when it is raining, because visibility will be reduced, the windows may become fogged up, and the road will be slippery.
  • Drive carefully when it starts to rain because the road surface will be especially slippery.
  • Refrain from high speeds when driving on an expressway in the rain, because there may be a layer of water between the tires and the road surface, preventing the steering and brakes from operating properly.

Restraining the EV system output (Brake Override System)

  • When the accelerator and brake pedals are depressed at the same time, the EV system output may be restrained.
  • A warning message is displayed on the multi-information display while the system is operating.

Breaking in your new Toyota
To extend the life of the vehicle, observing the following precautions is recommended

  • For the first 200 miles (300 km): Avoid sudden stops.
  • For the first 600 miles (1000 km):
    • Do not drive at extremely high speeds.
    • Avoid sudden acceleration.
    • Do not drive at a constant speed for extended periods.

WARNING: Observe the following precautions. Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

2023 toyota BZ4x Specs, Price, Features and Mileage (Brochure)

When starting the vehicle

Always keep your foot on the brake pedal while stopped with the “READY” indicator is illuminated. This prevents the vehicle from creeping.

When driving the vehicle

  • Do not drive if you are unfamiliar with the location of the brake and accelerator pedals to avoid depressing the wrong pedal.
  • Accidentally depressing the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal will result in sudden acceleration that may lead to an accident.
  • When backing up, you may twist your body around, leading to difficulty in operating the pedals. Make sure to operate the pedals properly.
  • Make sure to keep a correct driving posture even when moving the vehicle only slightly. This allows you to depress the brake and accelerator pedals properly.
  • Depress the brake pedal using your right foot. Depressing the brake pedal using your left foot may delay response in an emergency, resulting in an accident.
  • The driver should pay extra attention to pedestrians. As there is no engine noise, the pedestrians may misjudge the vehicle’s movement. Even though the vehicle is equipped with the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, drive with care as pedestrians in the vicinity may still not notice the vehicle if the surrounding area is noisy.
  • During normal driving, do not turn off the EV system. Turning the EV system off while driving will not cause loss of steering or braking control, however, power assistance to the steering will be lost. This will make it more difficult to steer smoothly, so you should pull over and stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. In the event of an emergency, such as if it becomes impossible to stop the vehicle in the normal way: 
  • Use regenerative braking to maintain a safe speed when driving down a steep hill. Using the brakes continuously may cause the brakes to overheat and lose effectiveness.
  • If “Regenerative braking limited. Press brake to decelerate.” appears on the multi-information display, firmly depress the brake pedal to decelerate the vehicle. 
  • Do not adjust the position of the steering wheel, the seat, or the inside or outside rearview mirrors while driving. Doing so may result in a loss of vehicle control.
  • Always check that all passengers’ arms, heads, or other parts of their bodies are not outside the vehicle.
  • AWD models: Do not drive the vehicle off-road. This is not an AWD vehicle designed for off-road driving. Proceed with all due caution if it becomes unavoidable to drive off-road.
  • Do not drive across a river or through other bodies of water. This may cause electric/electronic components to short circuit, damage the EV system or cause other serious damage to the vehicle.
  • Do not drive in excess of the speed limit. Even if the legal speed limit permits it, do not drive over 85 mph (140 km/h) unless your vehicle has highspeed capability tires. Driving over 85 mph (140 km/h) may result in tire failure, loss of control, and possible injury. Be sure to consult a tire dealer to determine whether the tires on your vehicle are high-speed capability tires or not before driving at such speeds.

When driving on slippery road surfaces

  • Sudden braking, acceleration, and steering may cause tire slippage and reduce your ability to control the vehicle.
  • Sudden acceleration or regenerative braking due to shift changing could cause the vehicle to skid, resulting in an accident.
  • After driving through a puddle, lightly depress the brake pedal to make sure that the brakes are functioning properly. Wet brake pads may prevent the brakes from functioning properly. If the brakes on only one side are wet and not functioning properly, the steering control may be affected.

When shifting the shift position

  • Do not let the vehicle roll backward while a forward driving position is selected, or roll forward while the shift position is in R. Doing so may result in an accident or damage to the vehicle.
  • Do not shift the shift position to P while the vehicle is moving. Doing so can damage the transmission and may result in a loss of vehicle control.
  • Do not shift the shift position to R while the vehicle is moving forward. Doing so can damage the transmission and may result in a loss of vehicle control.
  • Do not shift the shift position to a driving position while the vehicle is moving backward. Doing so can damage the transmission and may result in a loss of vehicle control.
  • Changing the shift position to N while the vehicle is moving will disengage the hybrid system. Regenerative braking is not available with the EV system disengaged.
  • Be careful not to change the shift position with the accelerator pedal depressed. Changing the shift position to any position other than P or N may lead to unexpected rapid acceleration of the vehicle which may cause an accident and result in death or serious injury. After changing the shift position, make sure to confirm the current shift position displayed on the shift position indicator inside the meter.

If you hear a squealing or scraping noise (brake pad wear limit indicators)

Have the brake pads checked and replaced by your Toyota dealer as soon as possible? Rotor damage may result if the pads are not replaced when needed. It is dangerous to drive the vehicle when the wear limits of the brake pads and/or those of the brake discs are exceeded.

When the vehicle is stopped

  • Do not depress the accelerator pedal unnecessarily. If the shift position is in any position other than P or N, the vehicle may accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly, causing an accident.
  • In order to prevent accidents due to the vehicle rolling away, always keep depressing the brake pedal while stopped with the “READY” indicator is illuminated, and apply the parking brake as necessary.
  • If the vehicle is stopped on an incline, in order to prevent accidents caused by the vehicle rolling forward or backward, always depress the brake pedal and securely apply the parking brake as needed.

When the vehicle is parked

  • Do not leave glasses, cigarette lighters, spray cans, or soft drink cans in the vehicle when it is in the sun. Doing so may result in the following:
    • Gas may leak from a cigarette lighter or spray can, and may lead to a fire.
    • The temperature inside the vehicle may cause the plastic lenses and plastic material of the glasses to deform or crack.
    • Soft drink cans may fracture, causing the contents to spray over the interior of the vehicle, and may also cause a short circuit in the vehicle’s electrical components.
  • Do not leave cigarette lighters in the vehicle. If a cigarette lighter is in a place such as a glove box or on the floor, it may be lit accidentally when luggage is loaded or the seat is adjusted, causing a fire.
  • Do not attach adhesive discs to the windshield or windows. Do not place containers such as air fresheners on the instrument panel or dashboard. Adhesive discs or containers may act as lenses, causing a fire in the vehicle.
  • Do not leave a door or window open if the curved glass is coated with a metalized film such as a silver-colored one. Reflected sunlight may cause the glass to act as a lens, causing a fire.
  • Always apply the parking brake, shift the shift position to P, stop the EV system and lock the vehicle. Do not leave the vehicle unattended while the “READY” indicator is illuminated. If the vehicle is parked with the shift position in P but the parking brake is not set, the vehicle may start to move, possibly leading to an accident.

When taking a nap in the vehicle

Always turn the EV system off. Otherwise, you may accidentally move the shift lever or depress the accelerator pedal, causing the vehicle to unintentionally move, which can lead to an accident, resulting in death or serious injury.

When braking

  • When the brakes are wet, drive more cautiously. Braking distance increases when the brakes are wet, and this may cause one side of the vehicle to brake differently than the other side. Also, the parking brake may not securely hold the vehicle.
  • If the electronically controlled brake system does not operate, do not follow other vehicles closely and avoid hills or sharp turns that require braking. In this case, braking is still possible, but the brake pedal should be depressed more firmly than usual. Also, the braking distance will increase. Have your brakes been fixed immediately?
  • The brake system consists of 2 or more individual hydraulic systems; if one of the systems fails, the other(s) will still operate. In this case, the brake pedal should be depressed more firmly than usual and the braking distance will increase. Have your brakes been fixed immediately?

If the vehicle becomes stuck (AWD models)

Do not spin the wheels excessively when any of the tires is up in the air, or the vehicle is stuck in sand, mud, etc. This may damage the driveline components or propel the vehicle forward or backward, causing an accident.

NOTICE

When driving the vehicle

  • Do not depress the accelerator and brake pedals at the same time during driving, as this may restrain the EV system output.
  • Do not use the accelerator pedal or depress the accelerator and brake pedals at the same time to hold the vehicle on a hill.

Avoiding damage to vehicle parts

  • Do not turn the steering wheel fully in either direction and hold it there for an extended period of time. Doing so may damage the power steering motor.
  • When driving over bumps in the road, drive as slowly as possible to avoid damaging the wheels, underside of the vehicle, etc.

If you get a flat tire while driving

A flat or damaged tire may cause the following situations. Hold the steering wheel firmly and gradually depress the brake pedal to slow down the vehicle.

  • It may be difficult to control your vehicle.
  • The vehicle will make abnormal sounds or vibrations.
  • The vehicle will lean abnormally. Information on what to do in case of a flat tire

When encountering flooded roads

Do not drive on a road that has flooded after heavy rain, etc. Doing so may cause the following serious damage to the vehicle

  • Short in electrical components
  • Traction battery caused by water immersion

In the event that you drive on a flooded road and the vehicle is flooded, be sure to have your Toyota dealer check the following

  • Brake function
  • Changes in quantity and quality of transmission fluid, etc.
  • Lubricant condition for the bearings and suspension joints (where possible), and the function of all joints, bearings, etc.
  • Components are connected to the traction battery.

If the shift control system is damaged by flooding, it may not be possible to shift the shift position to P, or from P to other positions. In this case, contact your Toyota dealer.

When parking the vehicle

Always set the parking brake, and shift the shift position to P. Failure to do so may cause the vehicle to move or the vehicle may accelerate suddenly if the accelerator pedal is accidentally depressed.

When involved in a minor accident
Damage to the traction battery or battery peripheral components could cause malfunctions. Even if it is a minor accident, have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer.

Sudden start restraint control (Drive-Start Control [DSC])

When the following unusual operation is performed with the accelerator pedal depressed, the EV system output may be restrained.

  • When the shift position is shifted to R.
  • When the shift position is shifted from P or R to a forward drive shift position such as D.
    When the system operates, a message appears on the multi-information display. Read the message and follow the instruction.
    Depending on the situation, the shift position may not be changed.

Drive-Start Control (DSC)
When the TRAC is turned off sudden start restraint control also does not operate. If your vehicle have trouble escaping from the mud or fresh snow due to sudden start restraint control operation, deactivate TRAC so that the vehicle may become able to escape from the mud or fresh snow.
Also, sudden start restraint control will not operate in the following conditions:
When “X-MODE” is selected (if equipped)

Cargo and luggage

Take notice of the following information about storage precautions, cargo capacity, and load.

WARNING

Things that must not be carried in the luggage compartment The following things may cause a fire if loaded in the luggage compartment:

  • Receptacles containing gasoline
  • Aerosol cans

Storage precautions

Observe the following precautions. Failure to do so may prevent the pedals from being depressed properly, may block the driver’s vision, or may result in items hitting the driver or passengers, possibly causing an accident.

  • Stow cargo and luggage in the luggage compartment whenever possible.
  • Do not stack cargo and luggage in the luggage compartment higher than the seatbacks.
  • Do not place cargo or luggage in or at the following locations.
    • At the feet of the driver
    • On the front passenger or rear seats (when stacking items)
    • On the luggage cover (if equipped)
    • On the instrument panel
    • On the dashboard
    • In front of the instrument cluster
  • Secure all items in the occupant compartment.
  • When you fold down the rear seats, long items should not be placed directly behind the front seats.
  • Never allow anyone to ride in the luggage compartment. It is not designed for passengers. They should ride in their seats with their seat belts properly fastened.

Capacity and distribution

Cargo capacity depends on the total weight of the occupants. (Cargo capacity) = (Total load capacity) – (Total weight of occupants)

Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit

  1. Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs.” on your vehicle’s placard.
  2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
  3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kg or XXX lbs.
  4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if the “XXX” amount equals 1400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs. (1400 – 750 (5 Toyota BZ4X 2023 Charging FIG (53)150) = 650 lbs.)
  5. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in Step 4.
  6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, the load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle. 

WARNING: Capacity and distribution

  • Do not exceed the maximum axle weight rating or the total vehicle weight rating.
  • Even if a total load of occupant’s weight and the cargo load is less than the total load capacity, do not apply the load unevenly. Improper loading may cause deterioration of steering or braking control which may cause death or serious injury.

Calculation formula for your vehicle

Toyota BZ4X 2023 Charging FIG (54)

  • A. Cargo capacity
  • B. Total load capacity (vehicle capacity weight)

When 2 people with a combined weight of A lb. (kg) are riding in your vehicle, which has a total load capacity (vehicle capacity weight) of B lb. (kg), the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity will be C lb. (kg) as follows:

B*2 lb. (kg) – A*1 lb. (kg) = C*3 lb. (kg)

  1. A = Weight of people
  2. B = Total load capacity
  3. C = Available cargo and luggage load

In this condition, if 3 more passengers with a combined weight of D lb. (kg) get on, the available cargo and luggage load will be reduced E lb. (kg) as follows

C lb. (kg) – D*4 lb. (kg) = E*5 lb. (kg)

  1. D = Additional weight of people
  2. E = Available cargo and luggage load

As shown in the example above, if the number of occupants increases, the cargo and luggage load will be reduced by an amount that equals the increased weight due to the additional occupants. In other words, if an increase in the number of occupants causes an excess of the total load capacity (combined weight of occupants plus cargo and luggage load), you must reduce the cargo and luggage on your vehicle.

WARNING

When loading cargo on the roof luggage carrier (if equipped)

Observe the following precautions:

  • Place the cargo so that its weight is distributed evenly between the front and rear axles.
  • If loading long or wide cargo, never exceed the vehicle’s overall length or width. 
  • Before driving, make sure the cargo is securely fastened on the roof luggage carrier.
  • Loading cargo on the roof luggage carrier will make the center of gravity of the vehicle higher. Avoid high speeds, sudden starts, sharp turns, sudden braking or abrupt maneuvers, otherwise, it may result in loss of control or vehicle rollover due to failure to operate this vehicle correctly and result in death or serious injury.
  • If driving for a long distance, on rough roads, or at high speeds, stop the vehicle now and then during the trip to make sure the cargo remains in its place.
  • Do not exceed 165.3 lb. (75 kg) cargo weight on the roof luggage carrier.

NOTICE: When loading cargo on the roof luggage carrier (if equipped)
Be careful not to scratch the surface of the panoramic moon roof (if equipped).

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Vehicle load limits

Vehicle load limits include total load capacity, seating capacity, TWR (Trailer Weight Rating) and cargo capacity.

  • Total load capacity (vehicle capacity weight):
    • Total load capacity means the combined weight of occupants, cargo and luggage.
  • Seating capacity: 
    • Seating capacity means the maximum number of occupants whose estimated average weight is 150 lb. (68 kg) per person.
  • TWR (Trailer Weight Rating)
    • Toyota does not recommend towing a trailer with your vehicle.
  • Cargo capacity
    • Cargo capacity may increase or decrease depending on the weight and the number of occupants.

Total load capacity and seating capacity

These details are also described on the tire and loading information label. 

WARNING: Overloading the vehicle

  • Do not overload the vehicle. It may not only cause damage to the tires but also degrade steering and braking ability, resulting in an accident.

Trailer towing

Toyota does not recommend towing a trailer with your vehicle. Toyota also does not recommend the installation of a tow hitch or the use of a tow hitch carrier for a wheelchair, scooter, bicycle, etc. Your vehicle is not designed for trailer towing or for the use of tow hitch-mounted carriers.

Toyota BZ4X 2023 Charging FIG (54)

Dinghy towing

Your vehicle is not designed to be dinghy towed (with 4 wheels on the ground) behind a motor home.

Toyota BZ4X 2023 Charging FIG (53)

NOTICE

  • To avoid serious damage to your vehicle
  • Do not tow your vehicle with 4 wheels on the ground.

FAQ

What should I check in the BZ4X before starting a drive?

Before driving, it’s essential to check the tire pressure, any dashboard warning lights, and the vehicle’s charge level.

How can I tell if the BZ4X is fully charged?

The BZ4X should have an indicator on the dashboard display that shows the battery’s charge level, often in percentage or with bars.

Can I adjust the driver’s seat electronically?

Yes, the BZ4X offers electronic seat adjustments. There will be controls typically located on the side of the seat.

Is there a specific mode I should drive in for city vs. highway driving?

The BZ4X may offer various driving modes. Consult the owner’s manual for specific recommendations for each driving condition.

How do I activate the parking brake?

Modern vehicles, including the BZ4X, often have an electronic parking brake which can be activated by a button or switch.

Can I adjust the brightness of the dashboard display?

Yes, there’s typically a knob or settings menu where you can adjust dashboard brightness

How do I connect my phone to the BZ4X before driving?

The BZ4X supports Bluetooth connectivity. Access the infotainment system’s Bluetooth settings to pair your phone.

Is there a way to check the health of the battery before driving?

The dashboard will display warnings if there are any issues with the battery. For a detailed health report, a service check may be required

Can I preset my favorite radio stations?

Yes, through the infotainment system, you can scan and save favorite stations.

Should I wait for a few minutes after starting the car before driving?

Unlike some combustion engine vehicles, electric vehicles like the BZ4X don’t need “warming up” and can be driven immediately after starting.

How do I check the air conditioning and heating systems?

You can activate the AC or heating via the dashboard controls and adjust to your desired temperature to ensure they’re working.

Are there specific checks for the BZ4X during cold weather?

In cold weather, ensure the battery is sufficiently charged, as range can decrease in colder temperatures. Also, check for ice or snow blockages in sensors or cameras.

How do I know if the car’s safety features are active before driving?

Many of the BZ4X’s safety features will either be always active or will have indicators on the dashboard when they’re engaged.

Can I set a navigation route before starting my drive?

Yes, using the infotainment system, you can input or voice-command a destination into the navigation system.

Should I check the mirrors and blind-spot monitors before driving?

Absolutely, always adjust the mirrors to your preference before driving, and ensure that blind-spot monitors (if equipped) are active.

Useful Link

Toyota BZ4X 2023 User Guide

https://www.toyota.com/owners/resources/warranty-owners-manuals

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