Consumer Reports testers haven’t always liked the Toyota RAV4, especially the non-hybrid version. However, they’ve begun to warm up to the Prime plug-in hybrid model. In fact, CR dislikes only two things about the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime. What are they, and what do the editors like about this PHEV?
Poor braking performance plagues the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime
Consumer Reports cites the Toyota RAV4 Prime’s poor braking performance, with longer stopping distances on dry and wet surfaces. CR reviewers also note an overly sensitive pedal at lower speeds, causing the brakes not to engage smoothly.
In addition, when the RAV4 Prime drives at higher speeds, the pedal doesn’t feel as firm as one would like. CR testers report that it felt somewhat spongy instead, which doesn’t instill much driver confidence.
But 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 miles per gallon. When Consumer Reports asked Toyota about it, the car company reported it provides what meets or exceeds the requirements necessary for the tires’ performance.
The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime makes an annoying noise in reverse
As with EVs and hybrids nowadays, there’s an annoying noise issue when the vehicle is in reverse. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is no exception because it also has that issue.
Unfortunately, the noise lets off a high-pitched whine that Consumer Reports testers think will distract drivers. Though 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 pedestrians won’t get hit by silent cars they didn’t hear coming. Though the sound is mandated, CR testers still don’t like it in the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime.
What does Consumer Reports like about this PHEV?
Consumer Reports testers like the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime despite those two annoying issues. They appreciate 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 Prime to zip from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
They also like the transmission, which CR testers give a 5 out of 5 in their review. In addition, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime 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.
Earning 85 points on its road test and a perfect 5/5 in predicted reliability, the 2022 RAV4 Prime garnered an overall 88 out of 100 from Consumer Reports. Thanks to that score, the PHEV won an award in the two-row SUV category, which CR created just for the Prime.
Overall, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is an excellent vehicle. But the above-mentioned issues could be deal-breakers for some potential buyers. If you don’t mind the noise in reverse and the diminished braking capability, you might do well to purchase this PHEV.