Tried and tested, the Toyota RAV4 Prime is one of the best small SUVs in the business. It boasts power, comfort, and an eco-conscious hybrid powertrain. In fact, the RAV4 Prime is the only 2021 compact crossover to earn both Recommended and Green Choice designations from Consumer Reports.
This small SUV offers superior reliability and excellent gas mileage. Indeed, it can even travel on solely electric power without your having to worry about recharging the battery on long trips.
Consumer Reports recommends the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime wears the CR Recommended badge. Consumer Reports performs independent research and rigorous testing before offering recommendations. A car with a CR Recommended label is one you can trust. Clicking on the Toyota RAV4 Prime’s “CR Recommended” icon or scanning a QR code at a dealership will give you more information about the vehicle and why it’s recommended.
The RAV4 Prime’s CR Recommended designation means it scores high in reliability, performance, value, and safety. This approval affirms the RAV4 Prime is in prime condition and meets high standards.
The 2021 RAV4 Prime is also a Green Choice
Consumer Reports explains its Green Choice designation is a way to assist buyers in finding a vehicle with fewer tailpipe emissions. Cars with this designation have a green leaf icon next to their CR review. They can be powered by gas, hybrid, or electric engines.
Only cars producing fewer greenhouse gas and other pollutants get the Green Choice designation. Sixty-one percent of adults in the United States say tailpipe emissions play an essential factor in the vehicle they choose. One of the benefits of cars with fewer greenhouse emissions is that they can also help save fuel.
The Toyota RAV4 Prime earned this designation because it can operate as either a hybrid-electric vehicle or a fully electric vehicle using its traction battery and electric motors. The RAV4 Prime requires less service than other vehicles and, thus, costs less to maintain.
This plug-in hybrid at a glance
The Toyota RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV). That means it can operate dually as a hybrid-electric or a fully electric vehicle. It can travel up to 40 miles in electric mode and gets 34 mpg overall in hybrid mode. You can choose to switch between the electric and hybrid modes, making it ideal for city driving. According to Consumer Reports, the RAV4 Prime’s electric mileage is 72 MPGe.
The RAV4 Prime produces a combined 302 hp that makes it relatively fast. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about six seconds. It’s also an all-wheel-drive SUV that doesn’t produce the harsh engine noise common in regular RAV4s. Its electric drive assists the gas engine, enabling it to drive smoothly without having to strain. And thanks to the AWD, it accurately shifts power across all wheels to ensure it maintains optimal traction and performance no matter the driving conditions.
The RAV4 Prime’s exterior is alluring, with a unique front end featuring a painted grille and a sculpted chin spoiler.
Inside, it has premium front seats, digital rearview mirrors, and many other comforts and conveniences. These features, along with the hybrid and electric motors, make the RAV4 Prime a formidable competitor. However, expect to pay thousands more for the plug-in hybrid than a standard RAV4. The Prime’s base MSRP range is $38,250 to $41,575, CR reports.
But you can’t deny this compact SUV’s value. It boasts the CR Recommended designation that ensures it’s safe and reliable. Plus, it boasts the Green Choice designation that lets you know it has low greenhouse gas emissions. With the RAV4 Prime, you get an all-around powerful, comfortable, and reliable small SUV.