Plug-in hybrid crossovers appear to be gaining popularity and Toyota hopes to double-down its options in the field with an additional hybrid variant on the 2021 RAV4. Borrowing a badge from the Prius, the 2021 RAV4 Prime creates both the most-powerful and most-efficient RAV4 to date.
In creating the RAV4 Prime, Toyota basically took the regular RAV4 Hybrid and amped it up on most accounts. The amp up includes a plug-in and beefier electric motors attached to the same gas engine found on the regular hybrid, but returned to produce 176 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque.
The combined output of both gas and electric motors is 302 horsepower, which is 83 more than the normal RAV4 Hybrid. Toyota says the output is good enough to send the RAV4 Prime from zero to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, making it the quickest RAV4 on the market.
Despite being the quickest, it can also go up to 39 miles on a charge. Toyota says this is the longest EV range of any plug-in hybrid on the market. The long range is enabling the RAV4 Prime to have a combined fuel economy rating of 90 MPGe, according to Toyota.
RAV4 buyers will be able to opt for the Prime in SE and XSE. SE features a unique grille, an aerodynamic front spoiler and piano black accents and 18-inch alloy wheels. RAV4 Prime’s content largely mirrors the content found on its gas-only cousins for both SE and XSE trims.
The only remaining question on the RAV4 Prime is its price tag. Expect to hear about that closer to its summer 2020 launch.