The interiors have also literally changed, which is not a bad thing at all. Chunky knobs and strategically placed rubber grips give the interior a bad feel while increasing usability. The freestanding infotainment touchscreen in the driver’s seat is easy to access, but it’s an extension for front passengers. The front seats are very comfortable, but the pillows at the bottom of the rear seat are flat and unsupported.
While sticking to the Toyota design, the quality of the interior material deteriorated. The RAV4 lineup is a staple, but the interior doesn’t seem to be a step away from low-cost models. The gap between the provinces was removed from the watchtower and pieces of trim were removed with rubber.
Together with the Hybrid Prius and the plug-in Hybrid Prius Prime, Toyota wrapped the technology in an excluded style and used the design to compare its performance.
Toyota’s best-selling model Prime looks like a regular RAV4. However, like the Press Prime, the RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid that offers better gas mileage than current RAV4 hybrid models. Yet Prime is not only the most energy-efficient RAV4. It is also the most powerful, fastest RAV4.
The RAV4 Prime comes in two trim levels. The SE starts at, 39,195, while the XSE model starts at 42 42,500 like our test car. This means that the SE is 2,000 more than the most expensive RAV4 hybrid. However, based on the size of its battery pack, Toyota expects to qualify for a ,500 7,500 federal tax credit, which should reduce the gap.
Unlike the Price Prime, whose ratio is clearly different from the standard Price, the RAV4 Prime looks like any other RAV4. Black exterior trim, a separate grille, model-specific wheels and badges are the PM’s main identifiers. The RAV4 also looks like a tough off-roader, but it shares Toyota’s new Global Architecture (TNGA) platform with cars like the Corolla and Camry.
Toyota claims that the battery pack installed under the floor does not affect the space inside. It doesn’t make for segment-lead interior space, however, the RAV4 is already lagging behind most competitors. The RAV4 Primeford has more rear headrooms than the Escape and Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrids, but thanks to the sliding seat on the back of the Escape. Toyota also offers more cargo space than Ford and Mitsubishi. You can also place 120-volt outlets for RAV4 and Land trailers if they have power tools, camping equipment or some other travel in the cargo area.
The base RAV4 Prime SE has an 8.0-inch touchscreen .0p carplay and Android Auto and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The XSE trim level comes with a 9.0-inch touchscreen – the largest of any RAV4. The optional premium package for the XSE adds a head-up display. This feature means you can get it in RAV4.
Thank you for backing up analog controls for many important functions. The digital instrument cluster display is familiar to anyone who has driven another Toyota Hybrid. It covers a small amount of information, but is easy to follow. Overall, the infotainment experience offers nothing unique, but it works straightforward.
RAV Prime Prime standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0: Provides autonomous emergency braking with small steering input (including pedestrian and cyclist identification), road sign recognition, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and lane tracing assistance.
The standard bundle of driver aids can be compared to other mainstream brands but Lane Tracing Assist should not be confused with the more aggressive steering-assist features offered by Ford, Nissan and Subaru. The Toyota version features an upgraded lane keep assist feature on the steering wheel.
RAV4 Prime strives to excel in two different areas: performance and efficiency. It uses an upgraded version of the RAV4 Hybrid Powertrain to get some impressive numbers.
2. The liter petrol four-cylinder engine produces 166 horsepower as before, while the combination of two electric motors increases the output of the entire system to 202 hp. This is 83 hp higher than the RAV4 Hybrid and higher than the Ford Escape or Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrids. Escape with all-wheel drive is also the only front-wheel drive in both Japanese vehicles.
According to Toyota, the number reserved for sports cars, the RAV4 Prime can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. It will be the fastest four-door RAV4 Prime on Toyota currently on sale in the United States (only the Supra sports car is the fastest).
On the road, the RAV4 prime number was as fast as indicated. This is not only the extra energy but also how that energy is distributed. Looks like a prime electric car, adding instant torque to each end of the right pedal. This caused a smooth, emergency acceleration regardless of the battery’s charge status. Only Hume showed the petrol engine running.
Like the Mitsubishi Outlander, the RAV4 Prime has pedal shifters that help to adjust the regenerative braking level, reduce the vehicle without using the brake pedals, and regain power to boot. However, the impact on Mitsubishi at Toyota didn’t feel as dramatic and you need to upgrade from SE to XSE to get these paddles.
Toyota has tried to improve the Prime more than other RAV4 models, giving it thicker laminated glass, greater deadening and different suspension tuning. The Prime is much quieter and more comfortable than the other RAV4 variants, but with the Toyota Sportier suspension setup it should go in the opposite direction. Similarly, the chassis does not use much of that 302hp.
The RAV4 Prime proves that it is not necessary to bring energy to the price. Toyota MP delivers 422 miles of power range with MPG capacity. It has a higher power rating than the first generation Chevrolet Volt with the same rating. When it was launched in 2010, it was built to be considered a “moonshot” by Volt General Motors, so it was nice to see such toys in a simple crossover.