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Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in packs best-ever performance and efficiency

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The Toyota RAV4 Prime – coming soon to a road near you
The Toyota RAV4 Prime – coming soon to a road near you
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Toyota debuts its most powerful, efficient RAV4 ever, the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid
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Toyota debuts its most powerful, efficient RAV4 ever, the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid
The 302-hp RAV4 Prime accelerates to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds
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The 302-hp RAV4 Prime accelerates to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds
The RAV4 Prime offers up to 39 miles of all-electric range
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The RAV4 Prime offers up to 39 miles of all-electric range
Toyota's RAV4 Prime makes its debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show
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Toyota's RAV4 Prime makes its debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show
Toyota's first plug-in RAV4
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Toyota's first plug-in RAV4
The RAV4 Prime has a battery mounted under the floor
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The RAV4 Prime has a battery mounted under the floor
Toyota RAV4 Prime
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Toyota RAV4 Prime
Toyota will offer the RAV4 Prime in SE and XSE trims
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Toyota will offer the RAV4 Prime in SE and XSE trims
Inside the new Toyota RAV4 Prime
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Inside the new Toyota RAV4 Prime
Inside the new Toyota RAV4 Prime
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Inside the new Toyota RAV4 Prime
The Toyota RAV4 Prime – coming soon to a road near you
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The Toyota RAV4 Prime – coming soon to a road near you
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Toyota RAV4 Prime
Toyota RAV4 Prime
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Toyota RAV4 Prime
Toyota RAV4 Prime
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Toyota RAV4 Prime

The RAV4 probably wouldn't be anyone's choice for most fun Toyota to drive (hello Supra and/or fully kitted Tacoma!), but today Toyota injects some serious thrill-making muscle into its venerable crossover, revealing the quickest, most powerful RAV4 ever. The 302-hp Prime is also Toyota's first-ever plug-in hybrid RAV4, hitting new levels of efficiency as it strings piece of pavement into quick, fun commutes. Buyers won't have to compromise on a thing when the RAV PHEV goes on sale next summer.

If you're thinking that the RAV4 Prime unveiled today at the LA Auto Show isn't actually the first plug-in RAV4, you're correct. Toyota also toyed with a RAV4 EV early on in the decade, a project developed with help from none other than Tesla. But that was a full-electric crossover, making the Prime the first RAV4 built around a PHEV powertrain.

To power the new PHEV, Toyota complements a retuned version of the non-plug-in RAV4 Hybrid's 176-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder with electric motors. All told, those drive units combine for 302 hp, an 83-hp leap that gives the Prime bragging rights as the most powerful in a long line of modern and historical RAV4s.

The Prime also becomes the quickest RAV4 of all time, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in a projected 5.8 seconds, down a full two seconds from the RAV4 Hybrid. That's also quicker than a Porsche Macan (6.3 seconds) and an impressive amount of performance from a small SUV that can also deliver a 90 mpg-e fuel economy underpinned by 39 miles (63 km) of all-electric driving.

The RAV4 Prime offers up to 39 miles of all-electric range
The RAV4 Prime offers up to 39 miles of all-electric range

Helping deliver the Prime's quickness is an electronic on-demand AWD system shared with the non-plug-in RAV hybrid. That system kicks the rear motor in for all-wheel momentum when necessitated by acceleration or traction needs. The system also reduces understeer for more confident cornering and offers a Trail mode for help in tire-spinning off-road conditions.

Available paddle-shifting helps slow the crossover through descents while cranking up regenerative braking, while available Predictive Efficient Drive works with navigation data to optimize efficiency based on road conditions and driver patterns. The entire RAV4 Prime lineup will come with driver-assistance features including pre-collision with pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and lane departure with steering assist.

The RAV4 Prime will launch in Summer 2020 (Northern Hemisphere) as a 2021 model. It'll be available in SE trim with an 8-inch infotainment system, Amazon Alexa, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and power lift-gate. The XSE will include two-tone exterior paint, 19-in alloy wheels, paddle shifters, wireless smartphone charging, moonroof and 9-in Audio Plus multimedia system.

All models will benefit from Toyota's recently extended 10-year/150,000-mile battery warranty. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Source: Toyota

1 comment
nick101
It will also be around $50,000, that's a lot of gas.