The RAV4 has continued been my go-to advocacy for accompany and ancestors on the coursing for a reliable agent and safe bet on which to absorb their hard-earned cash. Hardy, practical, and best of all, drama-free, Toyota’s RAV4 is not alone the bestselling bunched crossover in Canada, it’s the top non-truck commuter agent in North America, period.
And now Toyota has upped the ante by introducing what will absolutely be the best approved new amalgam in the country. The 2021 RAV4 Prime is a constituent adaptation of its accepted crossover alms 68 kilometres of electric-only driving.
But Toyota already offers a RAV4 Amalgam able of 2 km of authentic electric driving, and what’s more, it starts at alone $32,350 — compared to the new Prime, whose abject amount is $44,900 and acme out at $51,900 to $57,300 if you opt for the tech package.
Unlike the absolute RAV4 Hybrid, which acme up its stored electricity with regenerated activity acquired from braking, the RAV4 Prime has an 18.1-kWh array that can be absolutely recharged in two and a bisected hours appliance a 240-volt home or accessible charger, or 12 hours on a 120-volt domiciliary current. The RAV4 Amalgam can biking up to 2 km on electric ability only, but the agent bliss in beneath adamantine dispatch and it about runs on a aggregate of both. Its absolute ambit is 767 km combined, appliance 7.3L/100 km.
By comparison, the RAV4 Prime’s 68 km of authentic EV biking is accessible up to 135 km/h and has a absolute accumulated ambit of 979 km while averaging 6.0L 100/km of ammunition consumption.
Why then, are we admiration such a aerial appeal for the new RAV4 Prime? Aside from it actuality such a acute amalgamation (more on that later), it’s all in the numbers. There are beneath than 1,000 cartage allotted to Canada this year, and best of those accept been allocated to Quebec, area it’s on auction now. The blow will access in British Columbia afore the end of the year.
Which agency best of us won’t see the RAV4 Prime in bounded dealerships until 2021, and alike then, their bound numbers, apparently amid 3,000-4,000, agency they’ll be airtight up quickly. This is abundantly due to a lag in array production. A collective adventure amid Toyota and a supplier they’re afraid to name, the 18.1-kWh array is a new technology bedridden by accepted accomplishment constraints. Again there’s the agent itself, which is produced alone in Japan. Gasoline and amalgam versions of the RAV4 are already actuality congenital actuality at the Cambridge and Woodstock plants, but they’re already operating at accommodation and would crave astronomic advance to add the RAV4 Prime to their output.
Whether that happens depends absolutely on demand. And that appeal depends on an absolutely altered set of numbers. The RAV4 Prime’s abject amount of $44,900 squeaks in aloof beneath the $45,000 absolute for the $5,000 federal electric agent incentive. Add Quebec’s whopping $8,000 abatement for a accumulated absolute of $13,000, and you can see why best of the accessible cartage will be branch Quebec. That agency you could conceivably aces up a constituent Prime for alone $3,000 added than a regular, abject RAV4. The Prime gets you about 1,000 km of ambit at 6.0L boilerplate ammunition cost. It additionally boasts a 0-100 km/h dispatch time of beneath six-seconds — authoritative it the added fastest Toyota off the band afterwards the BMW-powered Toyota Supra.
We spent a day abaft the caster of a RAV4 Prime XSE, starting out from Kingston’s celebrated limestone commune waterfront, and canoeing the vineyards of Prince Edward County.
The RAV4 Prime’s absence drive approach is EV mode, or electric-only, which it can advance up to 135 km/h. The disciplinarian can additionally baddest hybrid-only approach to conserve array ability for afterwards or Auto EV to aerate electric ambit with the gas motor blame in beneath adamantine acceleration. Bridging the gap amid Kingston and Belleville were several kilometres of 401 highway, area I was able to affirm the electric powertrain’s high limit. Exiting the artery and gliding to a stop at the aboriginal set of lights, I can additionally sheepishly adjure that the RAV4 Prime will call its tires off the band with an over animated appliance of the throttle.
The 1,920 kg Prime feels a lot added able than its 2.5L, 177 hp four-cylinder agent would suggest, acknowledgment to a leash of electric motors — two in the advanced transaxle and one in the rear — that accompany the absolute ability up to 302 horsepower. The rear electric motor additionally drives the on-demand all-wheel-drive — addition account in the RAV4 Prime’s added cavalcade over some of its front-wheel-drive alone competitors.
To differentiate the RAV4 Prime from its commonly powered siblings, Toyota has accustomed it a different grille and chrome brownish lip, vertical active lights, blue-trimmed badging and a corrective diffuser. For the aboriginal time on a RAV4, the Prime introduces adaptive headlights.
While $44,900 SE models appear with bolt upholstery, 18-inch auto and best of three colours, the XSE offers bristles two-tone acrylic schemes with atramentous roof, new 19-inch atramentous rims, acme adjustable ability lift gated and faux covering upholstery with different red bond and aerial advanced seating.
Standard for the aboriginal time are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on an eight-inch touchscreen, or alternative nine-inch awning on high trims. Additionally new for RAV4 is an adjustable head-up display, and a one-year chargeless balloon of Toyota’s $9.99/monthly affiliated casework that use a smartphone app to adviser charging, set altitude controls for alien start, or acquisition advice about accessible bounded charging stations.
The RAV4 Prime is a adequate abode to absorb the day, with accurately bolstered, eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, abundant visibility, and simple ergonomics that affection prominent, easy-to use ascendancy knobs instead of needlessly circuitous graphics. It offers affluence of arch and leg allowance for all four passengers, although burden amplitude drops from 1,064 litres to 949 litres acknowledgment to the array pack.
Like the blow of Toyota’s lineup, the RAV4 Prime comes with the now-standard assurance apartment of driver’s aids, which includes activating alarm cruise control, lane abandonment alert, pre-collision arrangement with Pedestrian detection, and Lane Tracing assist. Additionally accessible are full-speed-range alarm cruise control, council abetment and alley bend detection, and a digital-display rear appearance mirror and bird’s eye appearance monitor.
In EV approach the RAV4 Prime is, of course, actual quiet and helps advertise the alternative JBL complete system. When the four-cylinder agent eventually bliss in, it does so adequately smoothly. The disciplinarian can opt to accessory bottomward appliance the paddle shifters, or aloof let the continuously capricious manual handle it. Beneath gasoline power, I consistently saw 4.9 L of ammunition burning on the artery and accomplished with an boilerplate of 6.2 L/100 km overall. Electric-only biking hardly exceeded the claimed 68 km at about 70 km, and a added accurate disciplinarian could conceivably do a lot better. Of course, those numbers will change during the winter, area algid acclimate actively compromises all-embracing array range. Again there’s the added cesspool of berth heat, admitting a frugal disciplinarian could extend ambit appliance bench and steering-wheel heaters with alone basal draw.
With incentives, the Toyota RAV4 Prime is an acutely acute alms with the Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Subaru Crosstrek its alone constituent competitors. Its abutting battling is the Escape PHEV, offered in front-wheel drive only.
Going carefully by the numbers, the RAV4 Prime is one of the best absorbing new cartage on the bazaar today, and one of the best frustratingly absurd — unless you’re one of the advantageous buyers able to breeze up one of the aboriginal accessible models.