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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime: The 302HP Crossover On and Off-Road Review

Toyota has been applying a “Prime” moniker to its Toyota Prius for a few years now. That plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Prius has a slightly higher price and a somewhat bigger battery that enables 25 miles of electric driving before the engine comes to life. It’s sensible — if you can plug it in and recharge it nightly — but that’s about all. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime shares that nondescript suffix, and perhaps unfortunately so. This is a much more interesting and more compelling plug-in hybrid than the Prius Prime.

  • WHAT’S NEW:
  • All-new plug-in hybrid variant
  • Offers an estimated 42 miles of all-electric power
  • Based on the fifth-generation RAV4 introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • 42 miles of electric-only driving range
  • Impressively quick acceleration
  • Comfortable and quiet ride
  • Generous cargo and passenger space
  • Very low handling capabilities
  • Longer-than-average braking distances
  • Disconnected steering feel
  • Uncomfortable front passenger seat

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