Auto123 evaluations the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime.
Toyota’s replace of its uber-popular compact SUV for the 2019 model-year was one of many most-successful revisions in latest occasions. Even earlier than it obtained renewed, the RAV4 was a best choice amongst Canadian shoppers, to the tune of 55,385 items bought in 2018. The revised version drew in an astounding 65,248 patrons in 2019, turning into the top-selling mannequin in Canada exterior of the large pickups.
The success of the RAV4 is not any accident, in fact. Canadians have good purpose to flock to this mannequin that advantages from its maker’s legendary repute for reliability, nice high quality of building, inside versatility and luxury, gasoline economic system and general bang for buck.
So from Toyota’s perspective, what do you get the SUV that has seemingly the whole lot? Why, a plug-in hybrid variant in fact! The RAV4 Prime has been a very long time coming and far anticipated, and now it’s lastly right here. And demand is such that the primary random remark I obtained from a passerby after parking the automobile at residence was how fortunate I used to be to have gotten my fingers on one, the await it at dealerships stretching weeks if not months.
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The RAV4 Prime runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. However on this case it’s not working alone, in fact – additionally current is a 134 kW motor positioned within the rear, and one other 40 kw unit in entrance. Complete output of the PHEV is 302 hp, 83 above that of the RAV4 hybrid mannequin. Formally, vary on a full cost is 68 km, and Toyota says you may go 979 km between refills of the gasoline tank; that’s factoring within the power regeneration of the braking system. Recharging the battery pack from empty takes 2.5 hours on a fast-charging 240-volt outlet, and a leisurely 12 hours on a daily 120-volt plug.
Right here’s what I skilled: it did the truth is take 12 hours and alter to get the battery again to full cost on my residence plug. As for the vary, at that time the onboard laptop gave me 78 km. Which is nice, however remember the fact that the vary you really get can fluctuate wildly relying on the place you are taking your RAV4 Prime on a specific day. In a single case, I took it on the freeway for 15 km and noticed my 78-km vary soften away to beneath 30 in nearly no time in any respect. Within the metropolis, nevertheless, you may actually stretch it out, significantly when in site visitors and so usually braking.
The upshot is that homeowners will probably work out the true vary of their RAV4 Prime based on the use they make of the automobile. The battery will permit for most common commutes that cowl, say, 20 km every means. Past that, you’ll must dip into the gasoline tank. However solely simply dip, which is the essential level. My common gasoline consumption for the week I spent within the RAV4 Prime was… 1.0L/100 km. I spent a grand complete of $2.40 on gasoline.
In the meantime, that 68-km vary compares favorably to different PHEVs now out or simply arriving available on the market, for instance the Ford Escape (61 km), Subaru Crosstrek (27) and Mitsubishi Outlander (35). Even the battery packs of hoidy-toidy fashions just like the Vary Rover (51 km) and Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e (49 km) conk out earlier than the RAV4 Prime’s does.
It’s value noting that the configuration and capabilities of the 2021 RAV4 Prime imply that it’s eligible for the total federal authorities electric-vehicle rebate (in addition to Quebec’s and British Columbia’s incentives).
On the street
I significantly appreciated my energy of determination over the usage of electrical energy. The SUV comes with a full EV mode, which lets you stick solely with electrical energy for so long as there’s some; or, you may change it off on an extended stretch on freeway to save lots of the juice for while you get off. And so it was that my in-city driving was completed solely on battery energy. And due to that, off-the-line acceleration is supremely satisfying. It’s nonetheless a bit jarring to be on the wheel of a decently giant automobile that’s so fast on its toes, no less than one which doesn’t have a BMW or Porsche badge on it, and that makes nearly no noise whereas it’s at it. By the way in which, Toyota offers the RAV4 Prime an official 0-100 km/h time of 6 seconds.
I ought to level out that even in gas-engine mode, the RAV4 Prime is sprightly – much less lumbering ox than fleet fox. I’d actually say it offers the Mazda CX-5 a run for its cash as probably the most drivable inexpensive compact SUV available on the market, although I can also’t say it fairly will get there. For one, the steering isn’t as crisp as I’d like, and the chassis and suspension are extra involved with offering a snug journey than hugging corners tightly. The all-wheel-drive system, in the meantime, does its job competently.
I haven’t touched on the appears of the Prime but, and that’s as a result of it’s just about the common RAV4, with just a few doodads to remind your neighbours you personal the hot-item PHEV model. And so the RAV4 Prime contains a totally different black entrance grille, LED accent lights and headlamps and, as an choice, 19-inch wheels.
Inside, there are not any huge adjustments to the cabin, although in fact there’s an enormous battery pack to slot in. Its placement beneath the ground means you’ve gotten as a lot room within the cabin as within the RAV4 itself. As talked about, consolation is a prime precedence, and so headroom is beneficiant, the seats are plush-ish, and visibility, significantly for these within the entrance row, is nice due to the comparatively upright stance of the mannequin.
The centre console just isn’t precisely a paragon of glossy design, the boxy formed display screen seemingly stapled onto the highest part of the console as if the designers realized late within the sport they’d forgotten one thing. However to be honest, Toyota is hardly alone in being unimaginative on this regard.
The PHEV configuration does imply you lose a little bit of cargo house in again, however at 948/1,790 litres (rear seats up/down) it nonetheless holds its personal versus the opposite primary protagonists within the phase. As compared, the common RAV4 presents 1,065 and 1,976 litres. I’d say that to acquire one thing like 1.0L/100 km in gasoline consumption, that small sacrifice is value it.
The 2021 RAV4 Prime SE base model (MSRP $44,990, earlier than authorities incentive(s)*) comes customary with 18-inch alloy wheels and a good quantity of stuff, particularly heated steering wheel, heated entrance and rear seats, dual-zone local weather management 8-inch floating touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the Toyota Security Sense 2 package deal.
*Present federal authorities incentive is $5,000 for the RAV4 Prime, along with $8,000 in Quebec and $1,500 in British Columbia).
The XSE ($51,590) is the one different trim provided, and it brings in 19-inch wheels, 9-inch touchscreen, energy moon roof, energy liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, wi-fi machine charging, Softex/material upholstery, black inside with crimson stitching and illuminated entry. This model additionally comes with a different-colour black roof. The 2-tone method at all times appears to elicit a blended response from of us I encounter, however right here as elsewhere I personally just like the look simply positive, significantly within the case of my tester the place it contrasts properly with the Supersonic Crimson end of the physique. Private style…
To the XSE, it’s potential so as to add the Premium Know-how Bundle ($5,400), which delivers extra… premium expertise. And so that you get an 11-speaker JBL Premium audio with navigation, 5-door good key system, auto headlamp leveling and the adaptive entrance lighting system, all-Softex sport seats, driver’s seat reminiscence system, 4-way power-adjustable entrance passenger seat, heated and ventilated entrance row seats and kick-sensor activated energy again door. Plus you get a big panoramic sunroof, head-up show, Chook’s-Eye view monitor, one thing referred to as clever clearance sonar and rear cross-traffic braking.
At $39,440 (after federal iZEV incentive), the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime with AWD requires a bigger funding on the outset than both the common 2021 RAV4 AWD ($32,529) or its straight-hybrid variant ($34,689). However relying on how a lot you utilize the SUV on freeway vs metropolis, you’ll make up for that in financial savings on the pump earlier than too lengthy. And aside from sacrificing a little bit of cargo house, it’s exhausting to see what you’re dropping in selecting the Prime.
Implausible gasoline economic system
Full EV mode
The 2-tone exterior end
First rate vary on a full cost
All of the anticipated qualities of this uber-popular Toyota SUV
We like much less
Could possibly be nimbler on the street
Clunky design for the display screen on the console
Worth level of range-topping mannequin ($56,990, earlier than incentive) is a bit of daunting
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