2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

MSRP range: $38,250 - $41,575
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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Review

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

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.

The reason why boils down to two points. The RAV4 Prime's battery is significantly bigger, and that gives this small SUV an estimated all-electric range of 42 miles. That's a truly useful number that will cover most daily commutes — especially when you know you can safely run it to zero and let the gasoline engine seamlessly keep the party moving. On top of that, the RAV4 Prime has bigger electric motors that make it significantly quicker than any other RAV4. Or just about any other small SUV for that matter.

Even with 302 horsepower, the RAV4 Prime isn't particularly fun to drive. But it is a compelling plug-in hybrid that delivers exceptional economy and practicality.

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The RAV4 Prime scores big on fuel economy and power. In our testing, we easily got the EPA-estimated 42 miles of electric-only range. The RAV4 Prime is also quick to accelerate to highway speeds and gets strong scores in regard to comfort, interior quality and technology. Even value is OK. The $40,000 starting price is steep, but it's important to note that the Prime is eligible for $7,500 in federal tax credits.
The RAV4 Prime gets up to speed much better than its standard or hybrid siblings. In Edmunds testing it reached 60 mph in an impressively quick 5.6 seconds. The regular RAV4, for example, needs a comparatively unhurried 9.1 seconds. The RAV4 Prime is also smooth and easy to drive under typical commuting conditions.

Unfortunately, Toyota has failed to back up the muscular powertrain with any sort of dynamic athleticism. Handling is pretty abysmal, with prevalent body roll and vague steering that makes it hard to judge the right amount of input. The electronic driver assistants also freak out at the smallest provocation. Another demerit comes from the brakes. The RAV4 Prime's pedal feel is overly soft. Panic-stopping performance in our testing was below average for a small SUV.
The driver's seat has enough adjustments to allow you to easily find a comfortable seating position. But the front passenger seat has fewer adjustments, which might lead to a few complaints on long trips. The available simulated leather upholstery (Toyota's SofTex) breathes well and is definitely helped on hot days by the available seat ventilation. The rear seats are also praiseworthy for the better-than-average thigh support.

The RAV4 Prime's ride quality is biased more toward comfort than performance, delivering a smooth ride over road imperfections. Road and wind noise is abated to pleasant levels, though the gasoline engine sounds unrefined when you're aggressively accelerating. Otherwise, it's pleasantly muted.
The RAV4 Prime gets strong scores here. The controls are well labeled and logically grouped for easy operation. The drive modes don't explain what they fully do (you'll definitely need to read the manual), but every other system is very intuitive. Entry and exit are helped by an ideal ride height and big door openings; shorter passengers can get in easily and taller people won't have to stoop to get in.

There is enough headroom and legroom for 6-footers in any seat. Forward visibility is praiseworthy thanks to narrow front windshield pillars, but the side view is obscured by the thick pillar between the front and rear doors. One other gripe is that the touchscreen is too far away from the driver.
The available 9-inch screen makes most infotainment interactions quick, easy and distraction-free. It's quick to react, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard. The size and placement of physical shortcut buttons could be improved for less distraction. The JBL audio upgrade will get you stronger bass and clarity, but it's not all that impressive.

Toyota's advanced safety features generally function as they should. We're especially fond of the traffic-adaptive cruise control that proves its worth whether you're on a free-flowing highway or stuck in traffic. But the lane-keeping assist feature tends to add too much steering effort for anything but straight highway cruising.
The RAV4 Prime takes a small hit when it comes to cargo capacity, accommodating 33.5 cubic feet as opposed to the standard RAV4's 37.6 cubic feet. Still, there's plenty of space for all your luggage, and you can fold the rear seats down with minimal effort. Interior storage is helped by some extra shelves cut into the dash, a wireless charging pad, and a good-size center armrest bin.

Parents with young kids will appreciate the RAV4. It's easy to locate and connect safety seats to the lower car seat anchors. Likewise, tethering to the three upper anchors is straightforward. Forward-facing seats and boosters fit readily, but installing a rear-facing infant seat on the passenger side will likely require scooting the front seat up. The too-high front passenger seat is the issue.
On our standardized evaluation route, the RAV4 Prime easily logged 48 miles of electric-only propulsion (6 miles better than the EPA estimate). That's enough to cover most people's average commute and daily driving. Once the gas engine kicked in, we averaged about 34 mpg, which is similar to the RAV4 Hybrid. You can also likely drive nearly 600 miles with a full tank of gas and fully charged battery.
With a starting price around $40,000, the RAV4 Prime is quite a bit more expensive than the regular RAV4. It's important to note, though, that it is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. That, plus the potential to save with reduced gas consumption, should help you recoup the costs fairly quickly.

The Prime's build quality is good enough to justify the price and gets some nice touches that are exclusive to this plug-in hybrid model. The warranty for hybrid components is extended past Toyota's usual coverage. Two years of free scheduled maintenance is also included.
As disappointing as the RAV4 Prime may be when it comes to performance and driving entertainment, it's an admirable plug-in hybrid SUV. Its easily achieved 42-mile EV range almost doubles that of its closest rivals (Kia Niro and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV). It certainly doesn't hurt that it gets up to highway speeds quickly, and the sharp styling might attract shoppers away from the less traditional competition.

Which RAV4 Prime does Edmunds recommend?

Consider sticking with the SE to maximize the RAV4's affordability. The XSE has more standard features — and offers optional features you can't get on the SE — but none of them are must-haves. You get the same fuel economy and performance with either trim level.

Toyota RAV4 Prime models

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid variant of the standard five-passenger RAV4 that is classified as a small SUV. It is offered in SE and XSE trims that are equivalent to the higher trims available on the standard RAV4.

SE
The base SE trim is well appointed with feature highlights that include:

  • A four-cylinder engine plus three hybrid electric motor-generators
  • 18.1-kWh lithium-ion battery back
  • Combined output of 302 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power liftgate
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The SE also includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the RAV4 Prime and the car in front)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the RAV4 Prime back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

XSE
The XSE adds several niceties, such as:

  • Two-tone roof (black)
  • Sunroof (optional on SE)
  • Paddle shifters
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 9-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Interior ambient lighting

The Weather package starts off the RAV4 Prime's bundled options with:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Automatic wipers with de-icers

The Audio package is only offered with the XSE trim and includes:

  • Weather package
  • JBL audio system upgrade
  • Built-in navigation system and online destination help

Finally, the Premium package (also XSE only) rounds out the add-ons with:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors with automatic braking
  • Quicker hybrid battery recharging capability
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Head-up display
  • Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)
  • Household-style power outlet in the cargo area
  • Surround-view parking camera system
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
16 total reviews
5 star reviews: 62%
4 star reviews: 12%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 14%
1 star reviews: 6%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Great value, favorite vehicle I've owned
Prime in New England,
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I'd looked at and test drove the audi Q5 and Volvo xc60. Q5 is definitely nice but the performance, tech, value and environmentally friendliness made the Rav4 Prime the winner hands down. What I like: Quiet but sci-fi like sounding electric motor, smooth as silk ride, fast acceleration. Nice mid-point range size between my former Outback and my wife's Highlander. Went with a white SE trim. I think it looks nicer than the xse, I don't need any of the extras and it's much cheaper. However, the weather package is a must have and not much more $. Moonroof, power lift gate. Heated steering wheel is luxurious and extremely rare at this price. Heated back seats. Cool under reported feature- remote start included via key fob. Warms/cools your Rav4 to your auto temp setting. Ike remote start. Was worried the loud pedestrian warning sound it makes when reversing would be annoying but got used to it quickly. Only freaked out one neighborhood dog so far. Safety Sense features were easy to get used to and really are well done. Never had rain sensing wipers before. Accessories I chose: Side body moldings - regret those. Looked much nicer without them. Can be removed but leaving them on for now. Homelink mirror- also kind of regret. Doesn't look as nice as standard mirror and range isn't great. Expensive. Toyota installed tow hitch - definitely recommend. Unlike after market hitches, this one the dealer installed is the exact right height, they expertly cut it into the rear bumper and looks like it is supposed to be there. Thought about but skipped the roof rack and glad I did. Overall terrific value. After federal tax credit and state rebate costs about the same net as an XLE hybrid and much more value.
5/5 stars, Incredibly Versatile Vehicle
cdavis,
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
If you live someplace with snow in the winter and all-wheel drive is important, if you need to tow things every so often (a small trailer will let you do most pickup truck jobs), if you’d like to commute each day for pennies with 40 miles of real world electric range, and if you live someplace the air quality could use some help... the Rav4 Prime is a great deal. Add in properly quick acceleration when you ask for it, and you have an overall package that’s hard (perhaps impossible) to beat for the price. I picked up a base SE with a few additions for just under $40K. With the $7.5K tax credit, $32.5K isn't bad for a vehicle that can do all these things with an excellent 150K mile drivetrain warranty and Toyota's reliability/dealer network. (And no, I don't work for Toyota.)
5/5 stars, MUCH more than expected. What a GREAT car!
Babydoc1,
XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Having done extensive research on cars all my life, and having owned many, this latest purchase to replace the Prius Prime Advanced that I loved had to be a tech stunner. It is. The 2021 RAV 4 PRIME XSE (one of the first to arrive on this Coast) has everything I want and much more. The Prius was the mileage champ for a plug-in hybrid but did not have AWD, a spare, excellent ground clearance and ALL the newest safety tech (it did have a lot though). This new RAV 4 hits all the marks and, with over 300 HP and a $7500 Federal Tax Credit (and FAST charging capability) and over 40 miles EV mode (which is the majority of my driving and fuel is free with my solar panels), what more could I want with a range of over 500 miles on a tank in straight driving. Comfy, Apple CarPlay, Alexa, XM, camera everywhere, auto front AND rear cross traffic auto stop plus every other imaginable safety feature and reasonable luxury. A winner for sure. Now to have a 240v line brought into the garage to charge it in 2-1/2 hours!
5/5 stars, Everything I wanted in a Car!!
Chris,
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The RAV4 Prime is everything I can ever ask for in a car. Living in New York, especially during the winter, I needed a AWD vehicle. Growing up seeing and learning about environmental impact, not only if this car is a hybrid, but its a plug-in electric car that can go 42 miles electric only on a full charge. And this car does 0-to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds! Making this car the 2nd fastest car in Toyota's lineup! (Technically, Toyota's fastest car because the Supra is made by BMW!) Overall, this is Toyota's answer to Electric only vehicle. Electric vehicle may be good and all, but it does have it limitations. Like the range is low compare to the RAV 4 Prime. So with the RAV 4 Prime, you can take it for long road trip. Overall, I am very satisfied with this car. Right now it's difficult to find this vehicle. Your local dealership would be lucky to get one in. But if you do find one, at least try it for a test drive. You will not be disappointed.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime video

MARK TAKAHASHI: The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling passenger vehicles a few years running. Despite its best-seller status, though, it ranks a rather lowly seventh place among small SUVs on Edmunds. We like it for its high levels of comfort. It's easy to use. It's easy to drive every day. It has a pretty decent amount of cargo capacity, too. It is held back, though, by the fact that it is only offered with one engine and it's pretty weak. We're also not fans of it's numb and disconnected steering wheel. And, well, the passenger seat up front has some comfort issues for some passengers. Now, there is the RAV4 Hybrid that ranks a little bit higher. It's in fourth place among all hybrids in that particular class. So it stands to reason that this might actually do even better. Because this is the all new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. Obviously, the Prime in the name is the big deal. And, no, it doesn't mean you're getting free shipping from Amazon with this RAV4. It's like the Prius Prime, which is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. That's what this is, too. Prices are going to start right around $40,000 for the base SE trim when it goes on sale in the summer of 2020. This is the top trim XSE with a few options that cost about $2,500 more. But with the options, probably tack on another $3,500 on top of that. Sure, it gets a little expensive. But you have to realize that it actually qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax refund. It comes in about $5,000 more than the regular RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid, which is actually priced pretty similarly. Like every plug-in hybrid, it has on one side, a gas filler tank and on the other, a charge port. Now, that charge port sends juice to an 18.1 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack that's mounted under the floor. Charge times vary, depending on which charger you have. But with a quick charger with 32 amps, Toyota says it will charge fully in 2 and 1/2 hours. More likely, you'll have a 16 amp charger available. And that takes about 4 and 1/2 hours, which is probably fine if you're using it as a commuter and you're working in the middle of the day. That battery pack sends power to three motor generators, one that drives just the rear wheels and two up front to help with power as well as scavenging some energy back when you're slowing down. It's made it to a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. Combined, they put out 302 horsepower. That's 83 more horsepower than the RAV4 Hybrid and 99 more horsepower than the standard RAV4. With those specs, it makes it the second quickest vehicle in Toyota's lineup. Now, besides the plug-in badge and the Prime badge, there isn't a whole lot distinguishing the Prime from the regular RAV4. You have this vertical accent light here and some red painted struts underneath. It all points to being, maybe, a little sporty. But there's only one way to find out. Let's go for a spin. I'll admit that right off the top I was a little hesitant with this test because in some of the press releases, Toyota was sort of hinting that this is the fun, performance-oriented RAV4. And it's really not. But we'll get to that. It has 302 horsepower. And Toyota claims it'll hit 60 miles an hour in 5.7 seconds. And that was confirmed while we were at the test track, where we actually got it to do 0 to 60 in only 5.6 seconds. But just because it hits 60 miles an hour in that time doesn't mean that it's sporty or fun. Because it's not. Sure, it'll get up a lot quicker and hit highway speeds way faster than the regular RAV4, which takes 9.1 seconds to reach 60 miles an hour. Of course, performance doesn't mean just going in a straight line fast. It has to break. And it has to handle well, too. And the RAV4 Prime does not. I turned a few laps on our handling course and it was a sloppy, hot mess. Wow. I mean, it's been a long time since I've driven anything that kind of soft and gooey. But, yeah, just heading into a slight bend, not even a real hard braking turn, I started getting warning lights and beeping. This car just isn't meant for having fun in. And that's fine, most crossover SUVs aren't. Now that we're stopped, let's do a full launch and regular kit mode, not sport mode. So here we go. Boom. Now, it's not exactly pinning me to the seat. But it is a lot more decisive than the regular RAV4. This actually has several different personalities, too, depending on what drive mode you're in. Now, in ECO mode, it takes a lot of whatever excitement is there and just kind of balls it up and throws it in the trash. It's slow. It's a little lethargic. It doesn't react very well. But if you're all about efficiency, that's the mode you want to drive in. In Normal mode, it kind of splits the difference between the EV mode and the Hybrid mode, trying to give you the best of both worlds. So it doesn't feel so weak. But at the same time, it's trying to make that battery last as long as possible. And then there's full EV mode, where the engine is disabled. And there's also a final charge mode. Now, this is a little bit of a weird one because in certain areas around the world, traffic is limited to EVs at certain times of the day. So central London, sometimes there are restrictions. And EVs can get around that. So if you need some battery and you're coming into London or whatever city might have restrictions, you hold down the charge button and the gasoline motor actually charges the battery. It takes a while, though, I tried it a little bit on the highway last night. And it really doesn't start charging until you get to some regenerative braking when you start slowing down. But in the 20 miles or so I drove, I gained about 5% of battery, not bad. Whatever the RAV4 prime lacks in excitement, it makes up for in efficiency. And that's the whole name of the game, right? 42 miles is what they claim as EV range on a full battery. On our evaluation loop, I got it to switch over at 48 miles. That's pretty damn good. Of course, there were a lot of hills. And climbing hills is going to deplete your battery. But you make it all back on the way down with all that regenerative braking. All in all, it's a great plug-in hybrid. It has the right range. It's pretty easy to drive. There aren't any weird hangups. So unless you're looking for the excitement that you might think comes with the RAV4 Prime, this could be your plug-in of choice. It might not be the most exciting thing to take on a backwoods canyon or twisty road. But it's perfect for what we're doing now, which is stopping and going and stopping and going and stopping and going in traffic. From the driver's seat, there's not a whole lot that's different with the RAV4 Prime versus the regular RAV4. Now, we get some cool little red stitching here to denote it's a little more powerful, a little sportier than the regular RAV4. That's about it. In a lot of ways, this is more like one of the top trims out of the RAV4 lineup because it comes with almost everything. Now the XSE comes with these nice, simulated leather SofTex upholstery, as well as a nicer dash topper as well. This infotainment screen is really well placed and huge. And it's super easy to use. It really minimizes distraction while you're driving down the road. Now it is only a touch screen. There's no other controller down here, which is actually just fine by me. Down here we have the drive select controls. So you can switch between full EV or charge mode or whatever is floating your boat at that moment. Materials quality is pretty good for the class, at least it's way better than what we would have expected just five or 10 years ago. Everything is nice and soft touch where your elbows will touch. And it's well padded where your knees might come into contact as well. As far as storage goes, well, it gets pretty high marks, even against the top rated Honda CRV. Right here in the dash, there's a cutout for the passenger to put their phone or other personal effects. This top trim also has a wireless charging pad. There's a USB port there, as well as two right here in the center console. And this bin, it's pretty deep. It's pretty wide, wider than most, actually. And the same goes for the door pockets and cup holders. Overall, you're not going to have too much of a problem finding a place for all your stuff. When it comes to seat comfort, the driver has just enough adjustments to find that ideal position. The front passenger seat has fewer adjustments. And we've had a few complaints from people who have sat there for more than just a few hours. Of course, as a small SUV, the back seats are vitally important, too. So let's take a look. Just like the regular RAV4, the RAV4 Prime has plenty of space for me in the back seat. I'm 5 foot 10 and I have way more headroom than I need. And that's even considering that we have this panoramic sunroof, which generally cuts down on headroom just a little bit. I have plenty of space for my feet under the front seat in front of me. And that's set for me. So I can actually sit behind an adult. Although, most people don't call me an adult anymore. Shut up. Plenty of room in front for my knees as well, so, yeah. Someone taller in the 6 foot range would easily fit back here comfortably. There's even enough support just for my thighs, which is kind of rare back here because some manufacturers will lower the seat cushion just to get a little more headroom-- not the case with a RAV4 Prime. When it comes to cargo capacity, a RAV4 Prime loses just a little bit to the regular RAV4. With 33 and 1/2 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats, it's about 4 cubic feet less than the regular RAV4. But, I contend, that's still plenty enough space for all your stuff. And as an added bonus, it's really easy to flip the rear seats back with these latches right here. Plus, there's a household power outlet right there. The RAV4 Prime is a great plug-in hybrid SUV. On our evaluation loop, it exceeded its 42 mile EV range by returning 48 miles, easily. And once we were done with that charge, it still returned a decent 34 miles per gallon under gas propulsion or gas hybrid propulsion, really. It competes really well against its main rivals, the Kia Niro as well as the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid. For that reason, I think it'll gain a really favorable position in Edmunds rankings. For more information on the RAV4 Prime and all of its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review — 2021 RAV4 Prime Plug-in Hybrid MPG, Price, Worth & More

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid with around 40 miles of pure EV range. It's also the second-quickest vehicle Toyota makes, right behind the Toyota Supra. Mark Takahashi explains why and what else you should know about this compact SUV.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$38,250
MPG & Fuel
40 City / 36 Hwy / 38 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 302 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: N/A
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 180.9 in. / Height: 67.0 in. / Width: 73.0 in.
Curb Weight: 4235 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 33.5 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite RAV4 Prime safety features:

Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection
Detects and warns of potential front impacts, including one involving a pedestrian or cyclist, and automatically engages the brakes.
Blind-Spot Monitoring
Monitors your blind spots for other vehicles, illuminating a warning signal on the outside mirrors.
Lane Departure Alert w/Steering Assist
Monitors the vehicle's position in its lane and corrects steering to avoid exiting the lane unintentionally.

Toyota RAV4 Prime vs. the competition

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Toyota RAV4 Prime vs. Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

The new Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid undercuts the RAV4 Prime on price by a few thousand dollars. Its estimated range of 37 miles is comparable too. However, you can't get all-wheel drive on the Escape Plug-In Hybrid — it's standard on the RAV4 Prime — and it's not nearly as powerful.

Compare Toyota RAV4 Prime & Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid features 

Toyota RAV4 Prime vs. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander PHEV makes it on the list mostly because of a lack of alternatives. While it may have a good number of features for the money, its EV range is only 22 miles. It also suffers from low-budget interior quality, anemic performance, and a small gas tank that limits overall range.

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Toyota RAV4 Prime vs. Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek Hybrid is one of our favorite plug-in hybrids. It represents a more outdoorsy alternative than the RAV4 Prime thanks to its higher ground clearance and slightly better off-road capabilities. It's held back by a rather small cargo capacity and less all-electric range than the RAV4 Prime.

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FAQ

Is the Toyota RAV4 Prime a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 RAV4 Prime both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.8 out of 10. You probably care about Toyota RAV4 Prime fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RAV4 Prime gets an EPA-estimated 38 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RAV4 Prime has 33.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota RAV4 Prime. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime:

  • All-new plug-in hybrid variant
  • Offers an estimated 42 miles of all-electric power
  • Based on the fifth-generation RAV4 introduced for 2019
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Is the Toyota RAV4 Prime reliable?

To determine whether the Toyota RAV4 Prime is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RAV4 Prime. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RAV4 Prime's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 RAV4 Prime and gave it a 7.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 RAV4 Prime is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime?

The least-expensive 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $38,250.

Other versions include:

  • SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $38,250
  • XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $41,575
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What are the different models of Toyota RAV4 Prime?

If you're interested in the Toyota RAV4 Prime, the next question is, which RAV4 Prime model is right for you? RAV4 Prime variants include SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of RAV4 Prime models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Overview

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is offered in the following submodels: RAV4 Prime SUV. Available styles include SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 RAV4 Prime 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 RAV4 Prime.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime?

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,488. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $829 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $829 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,659.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 92 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,779. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $979 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $979 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,800.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Toyota RAV4 Primes are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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