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Most automotive outlets and experts have loved the Toyota RAV4 model for many years, and that extends to its hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions. The Toyota RAV4 Prime, in particular, is a very popular model, setting it apart from its competition in the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. However, even the RAV4 Prime isn’t without fault. Here are two annoying issues with the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Poor braking performance plagues the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime

A dark blue 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE compact plug-in hybrid SUV model parked on a concrete plaza
2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Edmunds lists one of its criticisms of the Toyota RAV4 Prime being its poor braking performance, with longer stopping distances on dry and wet surfaces. The site’s review also notes an overly soft pedal at lower speeds, causing panic when stopping and slowing at especially high speeds.

Interestingly, that issue seems somewhat common among hybrids compared to their non-hybrid counterparts. According to Consumer Reports, hybrid vehicles take up to 12 feet more to come to a complete stop than gasoline-fueled models. The difference is each version has a different set of wheels.

A theory as to why there are different sets of tires is for better fuel economy ratings. It’s thought that lower rolling resistance tires offer more mpg. When Consumer Reports asked Toyota about it, the car company reported it provides what meets or exceeds the requirements necessary for the tires’ performance. 

An annoying reverse noise is common in new hybrids and EVs

As with EVs and hybrids nowadays, there’s an annoying noise issue when the vehicle is put in reverse. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is no exception, with reports of the same feature, as reported by TorqueNews.

Unfortunately, the noise lets off a high-pitched may unnecessarily distract drivers. Still, although people might think there’s something wrong with the car, it’s an alert system that lets pedestrians know the vehicle is moving. It’s a feature required on all EVs because they’re inherently quiet so that pedestrians won’t get hit by silent cars they don’t hear backing up.

What do experts like about the RAV4 Prime PHEV?

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Despite a few minor issues with the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime, automotive experts and reviewers also found plenty to celebrate regarding the PHEV. That includes the powertrain, producing 302 hp from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine, two electric motors, and lithium-ion battery. That power allows the RAV4 Prime to zip from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which MotorTrend calls “zippy acceleration.”

In addition to performance, the RAV4 Prime performs well regarding its hybrid status. The compact SUV gets 34 mpg overall when running on gas alone. Using the hybrid system, the compact SUV can get up to 72 MPGe. And in electric-only mode, this PHEV can go about 42 miles

Lastly, the RAV4 Prime carries many of the same positives of the standard RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid models, including a generous amount of cargo space, comfortable passenger space, and plenty of standard infotainment and safety features.

Overall, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is an excellent vehicle. However, the above-mentioned issues could be deal-breakers for some potential buyers. Still, if you don’t mind the noise in reverse and the diminished braking capability, you might do well to purchase this PHEV.