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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid is perfect for those who want an EV

  • The Toyota RAV4 Prime 2021 is the plug-in hybrid version, which boasts an impressive 42 miles of EV-only range
  • The Toyota RAV4 Prime 2021 starts at $ 38,100, but my top-tier XSE AWD lenders start at $ 41,425. After the options, it came to $ 49,831

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime


The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is what you get when you take the best-selling passenger car in the US, make it a plug-in hybrid, and give it great all-electric range. To those still waiting on the so-called EV revolution, I say it's already here — here in the form of highly capable plug-in hybrids like the RAV4 Prime


Toyota RAV4 Prime 2021
Toyota RAV4 Prime 2021



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The RAV4 is Toyota's most popular vehicle in the US, with 448,071 sold last year alone. It was the fourth best-selling vehicle in the US overall behind the Ford F-Series, Ram Pickup, and the Chevrolet Silverado all pickup trucks


The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a two-row, five-seat SUV, and now its fifth generation looks like a box. It grows to 15 feet tall, 6.1 feet wide and 5.6 feet high. There is 8.3 inches of ground clearance


2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
Partway through the current RAV4's life cycle, Toyota unveiled the RAV4 Prime — the plug-in hybrid version of the SUV — at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show


To be clear, Toyota already had a hybrid RAV4, just not a plug-in one. The RAV4 Prime became the second plug-in hybrid offering from Toyota, following the Prius Prime


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A plug-in hybrid is different from a conventional hybrid because, as its name suggests, you can plug it in and charge the battery that way. Conventional hybrids have much shorter EV-only ranges, if they offer any at all. A plug-in hybrid's batteries tend to be bigger and EV-only range is greater, but this also makes them more expensive


The RAV4 Prime uses a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces a claimed 177 horsepower. When combined with the electric motors, total system output comes to an claimed 302 horsepower


That means the Toyota RAV4 Prim is part of a growing camp of Toyota cars and crossovers with more than 300 horsepower, with Toyota proclaiming it the "most powerful RAV4 ever." Others include the Toyota Camry TRD, Toyota Avalon XLE, and the six-cylinder Supra


The Toyota RAV4 Prime has something Toyota calls "Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive," which involves a separate, rear-mounted electric motor powering the back wheels when necessary, such as during acceleration and in low-traction situations


Toyota quotes the RAV4 Prime's EV-only driving range to be 42 miles, which is impressively high. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates it to return 94 mpge (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) and 38 mpg in hybrid mode on city and highway combined driving


 Prime has something Toyota calls "Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive," which involves a separate, rear-mounted electric motor powering the back wheels when necessary, such as during acceleration and in low-traction situations


Toyota quotes the RAV4 Prime's EV-only driving range to be 42 miles, which is impressively high. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates it to return 94 mpge (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) and 38 mpg in hybrid mode on city and highway combined driving