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2023 Toyota BZ4X Driving procedures Guidance

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Toyota BZ4X 2023 Driving Procedures Guidance

The 2023 Toyota BZ4X is an ambitious step by Toyota into the market for electric vehicles. It is a thrilling mix of new technology, economy, and driving performance. The BZ4X has a lot of different ways to drive, like its easy-to-use push-button start system and its many different driving modes that can be set to improve speed or fuel economy. Regenerative braking systems show that the car is committed to being environmentally friendly by recycling energy for a longer driving range. Features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist show how safety and current technology can work together. If you want to try something new off the beaten road, you can change the BZ4X’s drive settings. This makes it adaptable to different terrains and makes it more than just another urban EV. At every point of contact, the BZ4X embodies Toyota’s vision of a future where driving is both simple and sophisticated, appealing to both people who are new to the electric change and those who are already fans.

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Power (ignition) switch

Performing the following operations when carrying the electronic key on your person starts the EV system or changes power switch modes.

Starting the EV system

  1. Check that the charging cable is disconnected. 
  2. Pull the parking brake switch to check that the parking brake is set.
    The parking brake indicator will come on.
  3. Firmly depress the brake pedal. Toyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (2) and a message will be displayed on the multi-information display.
    If it is not displayed, the EV system cannot be started.
    When the shift position is in N, the EV system cannot start. Shift the shift position to P when starting the EV system.
  4. Press the power switch shortly and firmly.
    When operating the power switch, one short, firm press is enough. It is not necessary to press and hold the switch.
    If the “READY” indicator turns on, the EV system will operate normally. Continue depressing the brake pedal until the “READY” indicator is illuminated.
    The EV system can be started from any power switch mode.Toyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (1)
  5. Check that the “READY” indicator is illuminated

The vehicle cannot be driven if the  “READY” indicator is off

Power switch illumination According to the situation, the power switch illumination operates as follows.

  • When the driver’s door or front passenger’s door is opened, the power switch illumination illuminates.
  • When the power switch is OFF and depressing the brake pedal with carrying the electronic key on your person, the power switch illumination blinks.
  • When the power switch is in ACC or ON, the power switch illumination illuminates.
  • When the power switch mode is changed from ACC or ON to OFF, the power switch illumination illuminates for a certain amount of time. Afterward, the power switch illumination turns off.

If the EV system does not start

  • The immobilizer system may not have been deactivated. Contact your Toyota dealer.
  • The charging cable may be connected to the vehicle. 
  • If a message related to start-up is shown on the multi-information display, read the message and follow the instructions.
  • If the door is unlocked with the mechanical key, the EV system cannot be started using the smart key system. However, if the electronic key is carried inside the vehicle and the doors are locked the EV system can be started

When the ambient temperature is low, such as during winter driving conditions

  • When starting the EV system, the flashing time of the “READY” indicator may be long. Leave the vehicle as it is until the “READY” indicator is steady on, as steady means the vehicle is able to move.
  • When the traction battery is extremely cold (below approximately -22°F [-30°C]) under the influence of the outside temperature, it may not be possible to start the EV system. In this case, try to start the EV system again after the temperature of the traction battery increases due to the outside temperature increase, etc.

Sounds and vibrations specific to a battery electric vehicle 

If the 12-volt battery is discharged

The EV system cannot be started using the smart key system.

Electronic key battery depletion
Conditions affecting operation 
Note for the entry function 

If there is a malfunction in the smart key system

If “Smart Key System Malfunction” is displayed on the multi-information display, the system may be malfunction.
Have the vehicle been inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately?

If the “READY” indicator does not come on

In the event that the “READY” indicator does not come on even after performing the proper procedures for starting the vehicle, contact your Toyota dealer immediately.
If the EV system is malfunctioning 
Electronic key battery

Operation of the power switch

  • If the switch is not pressed shortly and firmly, the power switch mode may not change or the EV system may not start.
  • If attempting to restart the EV system immediately after turning the power switch to OFF, the EV system may not start in some cases.
    After turning the power switch to OFF, please wait a few seconds before restarting the EV system.

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Customization

If the smart key system has been deactivated in a customized setting

WARNING

When starting the EV system Always start the EV system while sitting in the driver’s seat. Do not depress the accelerator pedal while starting the EV system under any circumstances. Doing so may cause an accident resulting in death or serious injury

NOTICE

  • When starting the EV system
    If the EV system becomes difficult to start, have your vehicle checked by your Toyota dealer immediately.
  • Symptoms indicating a malfunction with the power switch
  • If the power switch seems to be operating somewhat differently than usual, such as the switch sticking slightly, there may be a malfunction. Contact your Toyota dealer immediately.

Stopping the EV system

  1. Stop the vehicle completely.
  2. Set the parking brake.
  3. Press the P position switch. 
    Check that the shift position indicator shows P and that the parking brake indicator is illuminated.
  4. Press the power switch. The EV system will stop, and the meter display will be extinguished (the shift position indicator will be extinguished a few seconds after the meter display).
  5. Release the brake pedal and check that “ACCESSORY” or “POWER ON” is not shown on the meter.

Automatic EV system shut-off feature

  • The vehicle is equipped with a feature that automatically shuts off the EV system when the shift position is in P with the EV system operating for an extended period.
  • The EV system will automatically shut off after approximately 1 hour if it has been left operating while the shift position is in P.
  • The timer for the automatic EV system shut-off feature will reset if the brake pedal is depressed or if the shift position is in a position other than P.
  • After the vehicle is parked, if the door is locked with the door lock switch from the inside or the mechanical key from the outside, the automatic EV system shut off feature will be disabled.
    The timer for the automatic EV system shut-off feature will be re-enabled if the driver’s door is opened.

When the shift control system malfunctions

  • When attempting to turn the power switch off while there is a malfunction in the shift control system, the power switch mode may change to ACC. In this case, ACC may be turned off by applying the parking brake and pressing the power switch again.
  • If there is a malfunction in the system, have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Automatic P position selection function

WARNING

  • Stopping the EV system in an emergency
    • If you want to stop the EV system in an emergency while driving the vehicle, press and hold the power switch for more than 2 seconds, or press it briefly 3 times or more in succession. 
      However, do not touch the power switch while driving except in an emergency. Turning the EV system off while driving will not cause a loss of steering or braking control.
      However, power assistance for the steering wheel may be lost making it difficult to steer smoothly before stopping the vehicle depending on the remaining charge in the 12-volt battery or usage conditions. In this situation, you should pull over and stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.
    • If the power switch is operated while the vehicle is running, a warning message will be shown on the multi-information display and a buzzer sounds.
    • When restarting the EV system after an emergency shutdown, press the power switch shortly and firmly.
  • When parking Exhaust gases include harmful carbon monoxide (CO), which is colorless and odorless. Observe the following precautions. Failure to do so may cause exhaust gases to enter the vehicle and may lead to an accident caused by light-headedness, or may lead to death or a serious health hazard.
    • If the vehicle is in a poorly ventilated area or a closed area, such as a garage, stop the EV system.
    • Do not leave the vehicle with the EV system operating for a long time. If such a situation cannot be avoided, park the vehicle in an open space and ensure that exhaust fumes do not enter the vehicle’s interior.
    • Do not leave the EV system operating in an area with snow build-up, or where it is snowing. If snowbanks build up around the vehicle while the EV system is operating, exhaust gases may collect and enter the vehicle

Changing power switch modes

Modes can be changed by pressing the power switch with the brake pedal released. (The mode changes each time the switch is pressed.)Toyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (3)

  • A “ACCESSORY”
  • B “POWER ON”
  1. OFF The emergency flashers can be used.
  2.  ACC* Some electrical components such as the audio system can be used. “ACCESSORY” will be displayed on the multi-information display.
  3. ON All electrical components can be used.
    “POWER ON” will be displayed on the multi-information display. *: Setting can be customized.

Auto power off function

If the vehicle is left in ACC for more than 20 minutes or ON (the EV system is not operating) for more than an hour with the shift position in P, the power switch will automatically turn off. However, this function cannot entirely prevent the 12-volt battery discharge. Do not leave the vehicle with the power switch in ACC or ON for long periods of time when the EV system is not operating.

NOTICE

  • To prevent 12-volt battery discharge
    • Do not leave the power switch in ACC or ON for long periods of time without the EV system on.
    • If “ACCESSORY” or “POWER ON” is displayed on the multi-information display, the power switch is not in of. Exit the vehicle after turning the power switch to OFF.

Transmission

Select the shift position depending on your purpose and situation.

Shift position purpose and functions

Shift position Objective or function
 

P

Parking the vehicle/starting the EV system
R Reversing
 

N

Neutral (Condition in which

the power is not transmitted)

D Normal driving

Restraining sudden start (Drive- Start Control)

If a message about a shift operation is shown

To prevent the shift position from being selected incorrectly or the vehicle from moving unexpectedly, the shift position may be changed automatically or operating the rotary shifter may be required. In this case, change the shift position following the messages on the multi-information display.

After recharging/reconnecting the 12-volt battery

WARNING

  • When driving on slippery road surfaces
    • Be careful of sudden acceleration, as this could result in the vehicle skidding to the side or spinning

NOTICE
Situations where shift control system malfunctions are possible

If any of the following situations occur, shift control system malfunctions are possible. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place on level ground, apply the parking brake, and then contact your Toyota dealer.

  • When the warning message indicating the shift control system malfunction appears on the multi-information display. 
  • The display indicates that no shift position is selected for more than a few seconds

Shift position display and how to change the shift positionToyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (4)

(A) Rotary shifter

Operate the dial shift slowly and securely.
To switch to N, hold down the dial shift and hold it for a while.
To switch to R or D, hold down the dial shift and turn left or right according to the arrow on the shift position indicator.
Release the rotary shifter after each shifting operation to allow it to return to its regular position.
When shifting from P to N, D or R, from N, D or R to P, from D to R, or from R to D, ensure that the brake pedal is being depressed and the vehicle is stationary.

(B) Shift position indicator

Meter display: The current shift position is illuminated Rotary shifter display: The current shift position is illuminated.
When selecting the shift position, make sure that the shift position has been changed to the desired position by checking the shift position indicator provided on the instrument cluster.

(C) P position switch

  • Fully stop the vehicle and set the parking brake, and then press the P position switch.
  • When the shift position is changed to P, the switch illuminates.
  • Check that the shift position indicator shows P

Changing the shift position in each power switch mode

  • The shift position cannot be changed when the power switch is in ACC or off.
  • When the power switch is in ON, if the “READY” indicator is not illuminated, the shift position can only be changed to N.
  • When the “READY” indicator is illuminated, the shift position can be changed from P to D, N, or R.
  • When the “READY” indicator is flashing, the shift position cannot be changed from P to any other position, even if the rotary shifter is operated. Operate the rotary shifter again after the “READY” indicator changes from flashing to illuminated.

Shifting the shift position from P to other positions

  • While depressing the brake pedal firmly, operate the rotary shifter. If the rotary shifter is operated without depressing the brake pedal, the buzzer will sound and the shifting operation will be disabled.
  • When selecting the shift position, make sure that the shift position has been changed to the desired position by checking the shift position indicator provided on the instrument cluster.

The shift position cannot be changed when

In the following situations, a buzzer will sound to inform you that the shift position cannot be changed. Use the appropriate operation to attempt to change the shift position again.

  • When attempting to change the shift position from P with the brake pedal not depressed
  • When attempting to change the shift position from P with the accelerator pedal depressed
  • When attempting to change the shift position from N while stopped or driving at an extremely low speed with the brake pedal not depressed
  • When attempting to change the shift position from N while stopped or driving at an extremely low speed with the accelerator pedal depressed
  • When the P position switch is pressed while driving When driving at an extremely low speed, the shift position may change to P.

The shift position automatically changes to N when

In the following situations, a buzzer will sound to inform you that the shift position has been changed to N. Use the appropriate operation to attempt to change the shift position again.

  • When attempting to change the shift position to R while the vehicle is moving forward
    • When driving at a low speed, the shift position may change to R.
  • When attempting to change the shift position to D while the vehicle is moving backward
    • When driving at a low speed, the shift position may change to D

When N is selected while driving

When selecting N while traveling at a speed above a certain level, hold the rotary shifter at the N position.

Automatic P position selection function

In the following situations, the shift position is automatically changed to P.

  • When pressing the power switch with the vehicle stopped while the power switch is in ON and the shift position is in a position other than P (after the shift position has been changed to P, the power switch will turn off)*
  • If the driver’s door is opened and all of the following conditions are met, while the shift position is in a position other than P:
    • The power switch is in ON.
    • The driver is not wearing the seat belt.
    • The brake pedal is not depressed. To start off the vehicle after the shift position is changed to P, operate the rotary shifter again.
  • When the vehicle is stopped after the EV system has been stopped in an emergency while driving
  • When the voltage of the 12-volt battery drops while the shift position is in a position other than P
    • When the power switch is pressed while driving at extremely slow speeds, such as immediately before stopping the vehicle, the shift position may automatically change to P. Make sure that the vehicle is completely stopped before pressing the power switch.

If the shift position cannot be shifted from P

There is a possibility that the 12-volt battery is discharged. Check the 12- volt battery in this situation.

Customization

Some functions can be customized

WARNING

  • For the rotary shifter
    • Do not remove the rotary shifter knob or use anything but a genuine Toyota rotary shifter knob. Also, do not hang anything on the rotary shifter. Doing so could prevent the rotary shifter from returning to position, causing unexpected accidents to occur when the vehicle is in motion.
    • In order to prevent the shift position from accidentally being changed, do not touch the rotary shifter when not using it.
  • P position switch
    • Do not press the P position switch while the vehicle is moving. If the P position switch is pressed when driving at very low speeds (for example, directly before stopping the vehicle), the vehicle may stop suddenly when the shift position switches to P, which could lead to an accident.
    • In order to prevent the shift position from accidentally being changed, do not touch the P position switch when not using it.

NOTICE
When exiting the vehicle (driver’s seat only)
Check that the shift position indicator shows P and that the parking brake indicator is illuminated before opening the door and exiting the vehicle

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Keeping the shift position in N without activating the automatic P position selection function

By performing the following operation, the shift position can be held in N until the shift position switches to P without activating the automatic P position selection function.

  1. Operate the rotary shifter and change the shift position to N when the EV system is operating.
  2. Return the rotary shifter to its regular position.
  3. Operate the rotary shifter to N and hold it there until the buzzer sounds.
  4. Press the power switch within
  5. seconds after the buzzer sounds.

The EV system stops with the shift position in N* Make sure to check that the buzzer sounds and “Holding N Push P Switch When Done” is displayed on the multi-information display.

  • In order to shift to a position other than N, first press the P position switch to change the
    shift position to P.
  • If the automatic P position switching operation selection function is performed and operated with the EV system stopped, the automatic P position selection function may not operate. Always perform the operation with the EV system started.
    • To keep this state, do not operate the power switch. If the power switch is operated repeatedly, the power switch will turn off after the shift position has automatically changed to P.

Selecting the driving mode

  • “X-MODE”

Regeneration Boost switch

Acceleration/deceleration control can be performed only by operating the accelerator pedal, and the frequency of switching to the brake pedal can be greatly reduced. Since the deceleration when the accelerator pedal is released is stronger than that of a conventional vehicle, the vehicle can be decelerated smoothly by slowly releasing the pedal the accelerator pedal without completely releasing it.Toyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (5)
When the Regeneration Boost switch is pressed, the regenerative braking force, when the accelerator pedal is released, becomes stronger than usual.

When Regeneration Boost cannot be used In the following cases, the system does not operate.

  • When “X-MODE” is activated (If equipped)
  • When the brake system or EV system is malfunctioning
  • When regenerative braking is limited Regenerative braking may be restricted in the following situations:
    • When the amount of charge of the traction battery is high
    • When the temperature of the traction battery is low or extremely high
    • When the temperature of the electric motor or power control unit is extremely high
    • When regenerative braking is continually used for a long time

Regenerative Braking

  • The vehicle cannot be stopped by just releasing the accelerator pedal. Step on the brake pedal when the vehicle is stopped.
  • If the power switch is turned off and then the EV system is restarted, the Regeneration Boost will be turned off.
  • When driving at high speeds, the feeling of deceleration due to regenerative braking is smaller than in a normal car.
  • The maximum deceleration varies depending on the vehicle speed.
  • Regeneration Boost cannot be used when the following message is displayed on the multi-information display.
    When decelerating, firmly step on the brake to decelerate.
    • “Regeneration Boost Unavailable XMODE Activated”
    •  “Regeneration Boost Temporarily Unavailable Press Brake to Decelerate.”
    •  “Regeneration Boost Temporarily Unavailable See Owner’s Manual

Stop lights turning ON

When the regenerative braking force exceeds a certain level, the stop lights turn on.

Selecting Eco mode

  • It is suited for driving that suppresses vehicle driving power and improves power consumption.
  • Press the switch to switch over to Eco mode.
  • Press the switch again to return to Normal driving mode.
  • The Eco mode ON state is memorized even if the power switch is turned OFFToyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (6)

Eco mode drive automatic cancelation

Eco mode is automatically canceled when snow mode or “XMODE” is selected and the vehicle returns to normal mode. (If equipped)

When Eco mode is not available

Eco mode cannot be activated when “X-MODE” is selected. (If equipped)

Turn signal lever

Operating instructionsToyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (7)

  1. Right turn
  2. Lane change to the right (move the lever partway and release it)
    The right-hand signals will flash 3 times.
  3. Lane change to the left (move the lever partway and release it)
    The left-hand signals will flash 3 times.
  4. Left turn

Turn signals can be operated when

The power switch is in ON.

If the indicator flashes faster than usual

Check that a light bulb in the front or rear turn signal lights has not burned out.

If the turn signals stop flashing before a lane change has been performed

Operate the lever again.

Parking brake

The parking brake can be set or released automatically or manually.
In automatic mode, the parking brake can be set or released automatically.
Also, even in automatic mode, the parking brake can be set or released manually.

Operating instructions

Using the manual mode

The parking brake can be set and released manually. and a message is shown on the multi-information displayToyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (8)

  • A Parking brake indicator light (U.S.A.)
  • B Parking brake indicator light (Canada)
  1. Pull the switch to set the parking brake
    The parking brake indicator light will turn on.
    Pull and hold the parking brake switch if an emergency occurs and it is necessary to operate the parking brake while driving.
  2. Push the switch to release the parking brake
    1. Operate the parking brake switch while depressing the brake pedal.
    2. Using the parking brake automatic release function, the parking brake can be released by depressing the accelerator pedal. 

Make sure that the parking brake indicator light turns off. If the parking brake indicator light flashes, operate the switch again.

Turning the automatic mode on

While the vehicle is stopped, pull and hold the parking brake switch until a buzzer sounds and a message is shown on the multi-information display. When the automatic mode is turned on, the parking brake operates as follows.

  • When the shift position is shifted from P, the parking brake will be released, and the parking brake indicator light will turn off.
  • When the shift position is shifted to P, the parking brake will be set, and the parking brake indicator light will turn on.

Operate the shift position with the vehicle stopped and the brake pedal depressed.
The auto function may not operate if the shift position is moved extremely quickly. In this situation, apply the parking brake manually.

Turning the automatic mode off

While the vehicle is stopped and depressing the brake pedal, press and hold the parking brake switch until a buzzer sounds and a message is shown on the multi-information display.

Parking brake operation

  • When the power switch is not in ON, the parking brake cannot be released using the parking brake switch.
  • When the power switch is not in ON, automatic mode (automatic brake setting and releasing) is not available.

Parking brake automatic release function

When all of the following conditions are met in manual mode, the parking brake can be released by depressing the accelerator pedal.

  • The driver’s door is closed
  • The driver is wearing the seat belt
  • The shift position is in a forward driving position or reverses driving position
  • The malfunction indicator lamp or brake system warning light is not illuminated.

When depressing the accelerator pedal, depress it slowly.
If the parking brake is not released when the accelerator pedal is depressed, release the parking brake manually

Parking brake automatic lock function

The parking brake will be set automatically under the following conditions:

  • The brake pedal is not depressed
  • The driver’s door is open
  • The driver’s seat belt is not fastened
  • The shift position is in a position other than P or N (The shift position is in P during advanced park operation.)(If equipped)
  • The malfunction indicator lamp or brake system warning light is not illuminated.

If “Parking Brake Temporarily Unavailable” is displayed on the multi-information display

If the parking brake is operated repeatedly over a short period of time, the system may restrict operation to prevent overheating. If this happens, refrain from operating the parking brake. Normal operation will return after about 1 minute.

If “Parking Brake Unavailable” is displayed on the multi-information display

Operate the parking brake switch. If the message does not disappear after operating the switch several times, the system may be malfunctioning. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer?

Parking brake operation sound

When the parking brake operates, a motor sound (whirring sound) may be heard.
This does not indicate a malfunction.

Parking brake indicator light

  • Depending on the power switch mode, the parking brake indicator light will turn on and stay on as described below:
    ON: Comes on until the parking brake is released.
    Not in ON: Stays on for approximately 15 seconds.
  • When the power switch is turned off with the parking brake set, the parking brake indicator light will stay on for about 15 seconds. This does not indicate a malfunction.

When the parking brake switch malfunctions
Automatic mode (automatic brake setting and releasing) will be turned on automatically.

Parking the vehicle
Parking brake engaged warning buzzer

A buzzer will sound if the vehicle is driven with the parking brake engaged. “Parking Brake ON” is displayed on the multi-information display. (with the vehicle reached a speed of 3 mph [5 km/h])

  • If the brake system warning light comes on
  • Usage in winter time 

WARNING

  • When parking the vehicle
    • Do not leave a child in the vehicle alone. The parking brake may be released unintentionally and there is the danger of the vehicle moving that may lead to an accident resulting in death or serious injury
  • Parking brake switch
    • Do not set any objects near the parking brake switch.
    • Objects may interfere with the switch and may lead the parking brake to unexpectedly operate.
  • Parking brake automatic lock function
    • Never use the automatic parking brake engagement function in place of normal parking brake operation. This function is designed to reduce the risk of a collision due to the driver forgetting to engage the parking brake.
    • Over-reliance on this function to park the vehicle safely may lead to an accident resulting in death or serious injury. (P.219)

NOTICE

  • When parking the vehicle Before you leave the vehicle, shift the shift position to P, set the parking brake and make sure that the vehicle does not move.
  • When the system malfunctions
    Stop the vehicle in a safe place and check the warning messages.
  • When the vehicle’s 12-volt battery is discharged
    The parking brake system cannot be activated. (P.541)
  • When the parking brake cannot be released due to a malfunction Driving the vehicle with the parking brake set will lead to brake components overheating, which may affect braking performance and increase brake wear.
    Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately if this occurs?

Brake Hold

The brake hold system keeps the brake applied when the shift position is in D or N with the system on and the brake pedal has been depressed to stop the vehicle. The system releases the brake when the accelerator pedal is depressed with the shift position in D to allow smooth start-off.

Enabling the system

Turns the brake hold system on The brake hold standby indicator (green) A comes on. While the system is holding the brake, the brake hold operated indicator (yellow) B comes on.Toyota-BZ4X-2023-Driving-procedures-User-Guide-fig- (9)

Brake hold system operating conditions

The brake hold system cannot be turned on in the following conditions:

  • The driver’s door is not closed.
  • The driver is not wearing the seat belt.
  • “Parking Brake Unavailable” or “Parking Brake Malfunction Visit Your Dealer” is displayed on the multi-information display.

If any of the conditions above are detected when the brake hold system is enabled, the system will turn off and the brake hold standby indicator light will go off. In addition, if any of the conditions are detected while the system is holding the brake, a warning buzzer will sound and a message will be shown on the multi-information display. The parking brake will then be set automatically.

Brake hold function

  • If the brake pedal is left released for a period of about 3 minutes after the system has started holding the brake, the parking brake will be set automatically. In this case, a warning buzzer sounds and a message is shown on the multi-information display.
  • The brake hold function may not hold the vehicle when the vehicle is on a steep incline. In this situation, it may be necessary for the driver to apply the brakes. A warning buzzer will sound and the multi-information display will inform the driver of this situation. If a warning message is shown on the multi-information display, read the message and follow the instructions.
  • To turn the system off while the system is holding the brake, firmly depress the brake pedal and press the button again.

When the parking brake is set automatically while the system is holding the brakes

Perform any of the following operations to release the parking brake:

  • Depress the accelerator pedal. (The parking brake will not be released automatically if the seat belt is not fastened.)
  • Operate the parking brake switch with the brake pedal depressed. Make sure that the parking brake indicator light goes off. 

When an inspection at your Toyota dealer is necessary

When the brake hold standby indicator (green) does not illuminate even when the brake hold switch is pressed with the brake hold system operating conditions met, the system may be malfunction. Have the vehicle inspected at your Toyota dealer.

If “Brake Hold Malfunction

  • Press Brake to Deactivate Visit Your Dealer” or “Brake Hold Malfunction Visit Your Dealer” is displayed on the multi-information display
  • The system may be malfunction.
  • Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer.

Warning messages and buzzers

Warning messages and buzzers are used to indicate a system malfunction or to inform the driver of the need for caution. If a warning message is shown on the multi-information display, read the message and follow the instructions.

If the brake hold operated indicator flashes

WARNING
When the vehicle is on a steep incline

When using the brake hold system on a steep incline, exercise caution. The brake hold function may not hold the vehicle in such a situation.

When stopped on a slippery road

The system cannot stop the vehicle when the gripping ability of the tires has been exceeded. Do not use the system when stopped on a slippery road.

NOTICE

When parking the vehicle The brake hold system is not designed for use when parking the vehicle for a long period of time. Turning the power switch off while the system is holding the brake may release the brake, which would cause the vehicle to move. When operating the power switch, depress the brake pedal, shift the shift position to P and set the parking brake.

FAQ

How do I start the Toyota BZ4X?

Like most modern electric vehicles, the BZ4X typically utilizes a push-button start system. Ensure the key fob is inside the vehicle and press the brake pedal while pressing the “Start” button.

Does the BZ4X have different driving modes?

Yes, the BZ4X usually offers multiple driving modes, such as Eco, Normal, and Sport, which can alter the vehicle’s performance and efficiency characteristics.

How do I engage the regenerative braking system?

The BZ4X may feature paddle shifters or specific settings in the infotainment system to adjust the level of regenerative braking, capturing energy during deceleration to recharge the battery.

Is there a one-pedal driving feature?

Many electric vehicles offer one-pedal driving, where lifting off the accelerator results in noticeable regenerative braking. Check the vehicle settings to see if this feature is available and how to activate it.

How do I switch to rear-wheel or all-wheel drive?

If the BZ4X model you’re driving offers selectable drive options, this can usually be changed through the driving mode selector or specific drive mode buttons.

Is there a way to maximize range when the battery is low?

Engaging an “Eco” mode or similar energy-saving mode can optimize energy usage and potentially extend driving range.

How do I activate the adaptive cruise control system?

The BZ4X’s adaptive cruise control is typically activated via buttons on the steering wheel, where you can set the desired speed and following distance.

Can I manually adjust the vehicle’s suspension for different terrains?

If the BZ4X comes equipped with an adaptive suspension system, there will be options within the vehicle settings or driving modes to adjust it accordingly.

How do I use the vehicle’s lane departure warning or lane-keeping assist?

These safety features can be activated and adjusted via buttons on the steering wheel or through the infotainment system settings.

Is there a hill descent control feature?

If equipped, hill descent control can be activated through a specific button or mode, aiding the vehicle in maintaining a controlled speed during steep descents.

How do I use the heads-up display (HUD)?

If the BZ4X has a HUD, it can be configured and adjusted for brightness, positioning, and content through the infotainment system or specific controls.

How can I adjust the steering feel or responsiveness?

Some vehicles offer steering adjustments within their driving modes, allowing for a heavier or lighter steering feel based on driver preference.

Does the BZ4X have a snow or off-road mode?

Depending on the specific trim or package, the BZ4X may offer specialized driving modes tailored for various terrains, including snow or off-road conditions.

How do I activate the vehicle’s parking sensors or parking assist features?

Parking sensors or assist features can be toggled on or off through specific buttons or via the infotainment system settings.

Is there a special procedure for towing or being towed with the BZ4X?

Yes, as with all electric vehicles, specific procedures should be followed when towing. Always refer to the owner’s manual for guidelines and best practices.

Useful Link

Toyota BZ4X 2023 Electric vehicle system User Guide

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

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

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