The Prime is one of alone a few constituent bunched crossovers.
It alone takes one attending at the blueprint area for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime to annoyance my interest. This bunched crossover has a constituent amalgam powertrain, 302 horsepower, 42 afar of all-electric range, all-wheel drive and a starting amount beneath $40,000. Color me intrigued.
More than anything, what impresses me appropriate abroad is that this RAV4 is quick. A 134-kilowatt electric motor sends 199 pound-feet of torque to the advanced axle, while a smaller, 40-kW motor pushes 89 lb-ft to the rear. Accumulated with a 2.5-liter gas engine, Toyota ante the RAV4 Prime’s net achievement at 302 hp, consistent in a 5.7-second 0-to-60-mph sprint. That’s sports car territory.
Of course, already you’ve launched the RAV4 Prime, the fun absolutely fades. The council is numb, the abeyance is acquainted for abundance aloft all and the brakes are affectionate of doughy and adamantine to modulate. The bombinate of the continuously capricious manual isn’t absolutely enjoyable, either.
Still, the RAV4 Prime is absolutely acceptable at its advised purpose. The 42-mile electric ambit is what you’ll absolutely get in the absolute apple and, application that to its abounding advantage, the EPA says you should acknowledgment 94 afar per gallon equivalent. (With alone gas agent running, apprehend to see 38 mpg.) Leave the RAV4 Prime in its accepted drive approach and the gas agent and electric motors assignment seamlessly, admitting there’s additionally a full-EV approach as able-bodied as a allegation setting, area the gas agent is acclimated for both propulsion and array charging.
Speaking of charging, the RAV4 Prime takes 12 hours to allegation its 18.1-kWh array on a accepted domiciliary plug. If you accept a 240-volt Akin 2 outlet, you can allegation the RAV4 in 4.5 hours. Opt for the added able 6.6-kW onboard charger — a cher advantage that’s alone accessible with the $5,760 XSE Premium Amalgamation — and Toyota says you can furnish the RAV4’s array in aloof 2.5 hours.
The RAV4 Prime comes accepted with Toyota’s Safety Sense apartment of active aids, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, alley assurance acceptance and automated high-beam headlights. The adaptive cruise ascendancy is smooth, at atomic at college speeds, and can be initialized at apathetic speeds for those times back alternate cartage sneaks up on you. It can be a little broken back you’re ample along, though. Curiously, blind-spot ecology is not included in the Safety Sense package, admitting it’s still accepted on the RAV4 Prime. My Prime XSE tester additionally has rear cross-traffic active and both advanced and rear parking assist.
Standard berth tech includes an 8-inch touchscreen active Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, but my XSE tester has a $1,620 Premium Audio Amalgamation that bumps the awning up to 9 inches. But honestly, Entune is so bad that the added inch hardly makes a difference. The tech is quick to acknowledge to inputs, but the interface is bulky and it takes way too abounding accomplish to admission assertive functions. Thankfully, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, so you can aloof skip the accomplished Entune blend best of the time.
An alternative 10-inch head-up affectation is nice, but alike at abounding accuracy it’s adamantine to see if you abrasion polarized sunglasses. The better tech issue, however, is the advancement camera, which is chapped and blurry, which absolutely affectionate of makes it a hazard. At atomic the accessible rearview camera mirror offers a crisp, clear, wide-angle appearance of what’s abaft the car.
The autogenous abstracts are abundant but the infotainment tech could use an upgrade.
The blow of the RAV4 Prime’s autogenous is about fine, with SofTex faux covering on the seats, absolute with some red adverse stitching. The berth is spacious, accurately organized and the abstracts are all of aerial quality, and there are countless means to allegation your devices, including an alternative wireless charging pad up front.
Thanks to its array and constituent drivetrain, the Prime takes a baby hit in burden amplitude compared to a accepted RAV4. With the rear seats up the Prime has 33.5 cubic anxiety of space. Fold them bottomward and that expands to 63.2 cubes. Meanwhile, the accepted RAV4 has 37.5/69.8 cubic anxiety — abundant for 17 added 12-packs of Diet Dr. Pepper. Then again, you may be able to aloof bandy those 12-packs on a trailer. The RAV4 can tow 2,500 pounds.
As far as competitors go, the RAV4 itself competes with a ton of added bunched crossovers. The Prime, meanwhile, absolutely alone rivals the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and afresh delayed Ford Escape PHEV, both of which action beneath EV ambit and worse interiors. If you aren’t accessible to booty the attempt on a plug-in, Toyota offers the RAV4 with a added accepted amalgam powertrain, too, which is rated at 40 mpg combined.
The Prime is a sharp-looking RAV4.
Because of its circuitous powertrain and college akin of accepted equipment, the Prime is a appealing big-ticket RAV4. The SE starts at $39,275 while the XSE comes in at $42,600 (both prices accommodate $1,175 for destination). Fully loaded, you’re attractive at aloof beneath $49,000.
On the added hand, no added bunched crossover is as ample as the Toyota RAV4 Prime. It’s roomy, efficient, arranged with tech and cool quick. It ability be a little pricey, but it’s a constituent CUV I accept no agitation recommending.