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The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid SUV from one of the most popular automakers in the world. Its starting price is $12,000 more than the standard RAV4, and $10,000 more than the RAV4 Hybrid. Is the Prime PHEV worth all that extra cash? There are only two trim levels for the RAV4 Prime, the SE and the XSE. The base SE model comes with quite a bit more than you’d expect, here’s everything included.

Prime SE standard powertrain and colors

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid | Toyota

The Toyota RAV4 Prime SE comes with only one powertrain option. It’s a 2.5-liter four-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine with all-wheel drive. It uses an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, and electronic on-demand all-wheel drive. The standard RAV4 comes with three options which are all the same size non-plug-in hybrid engine in FWD and AWD, plus a hybrid option.

For exterior colors, there are a total of six options, but only two come without extra cost. Midnight Black Metallic and Silver Sky Metallic are the standard colors without paying a dime extra. The other colors are each available after adding the SE Prime Weather & Moonroof Package, which costs $1,665. The only interior color available on any RAV4 Prime is the black fabric material.

One Package and some acessories

A red Toyota RAV4 Prime is driving on a highway alongside the ocean.
The Toyota RAV4 Prime | Toyota

Only the afformentioned SE Prime Weather & Moonroof Package is available on this model. It comes with a heated steering wheel, rear outboard passenger heated seating, rain-sensing wipers with de-icer, a power tilt and slide moonroof, and 50 State Emissions. Keeping the Prime SE as base as possible and not adding this package saves you $1,665.

Loads of accessories are available for both the interior and exterior, but none come standard at this trim level. Highlihts of these accessories include the all-weather liner package, paint protection, mudguards, roof rack crossbars, and much more. Skipping out on most of these will save a few hundred dollars extra, and the most expensive one id $543 alone.

What’s included in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE?

A red Toyota RAV4 speeding down a highway.
Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE comes standard with 18-inch wheels, Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay capability, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and an all-wheel drive integrated management with multi-information display monitor. It gets 94 MPGe and has an electric-only driving range of up to 42 miles. It also includes LED projector headlights, daytime running lights, and tail and stoplights.

The RAV4 Prime SE also comes with a height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection, and privacy glass on all the rear windows. Inside you’ll find a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a backup camera, digital speedometer and instrumentation, 5-passenger seating, heated front seats, and more. The Smart Key System on the front doors and liftgate allow push button start, keyless entry, and illuminated entry.

How big is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE?

A black interior on a 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Interior | Toyota

The Toyota RAV4 Prime SE is almost an identical SUV to the standard RAV4, with an added PHEV powertrain. That includes similarities with dimensions, as well as seating arrangements. The RAV4 Prime SE can seat five passengers and has a decent amount of cargo capacity.

EPA passenger volume (cu. ft.), estimated98.9
Cargo volume (cu. ft.) behind front/rear seat, estimated69.8/33.5
Curb weight (lb.)4,235
Fuel tank (gal.)14.5
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)5,530 lbs.
Payload1,295 lbs.
Seating capacity5
Towing capacity2,500 lbs.
3.3 kW charging time (hr.) 120V/240V12/4.5
Ground clearance8.1-inches
Approach/departure angle (degrees)19.0/21.0

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE is available right now and starts at $38,350, but will actually cost $39,565 after adding the delivery, processing, and handling fee. This is everything included in the most base model RAV4 Prime money can buy. We used the Toyota build & price tool to put our RAV4 Prime SE together without adding a single extra option or feature throughout the process. This plug-in hybrid SUV is a great option for anyone looking to save money on fuel, but it gets a lot more expensive than a standard RAV4.


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