2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV will be the most fuel economical RAV4 of all time


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Toyota RAV4 Prime, most powerful and fuel efficient RAV4, is a plug-in hybrid crossover, set to be offered in 2 trims - SE and XSE. See full details!

Generally speaking, Toyota products are highly sought after by many Nigerians for their fuel efficiency and ease of maintenance. No doubt, Toyota RAV4 is among the most desirable Toyota models out there in the market. A walk to Ladipo auto market in Lagos, you will be thrilled to see the massive number of readily available spare parts of Toyota models for buyers. So, buying RAV4 is part of the trend within the country and several other places on the planet.

Despite the admirations for Toyota Products such as RAV4, the introduction of plug-in hybrid crossovers by many brands has been questioned a lot in recent times. As a result, a lot of automakers are refraining from subsequent production of such. Good news to all! The on-going L.A Auto Show has witnessed a twist in this narrative through the launch of 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV.


Toyota has made excellent use of the L.A Auto Show to showcase its breathtaking 2021 RAV4 Prime PHEV

The new plug-in hybrid RAV4 is set to enter auto market next summer. So far so good, the new model has utilized every good thing about the standard version and even improved on it. This is why it is regarded as the fastest and most fuel-efficient RAV4 ever made.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV performance - Perfect blend of fuel economy and speed

The automaker decided to equip plug-in hybrid powertrain in this model to achieve an impossible feat of potency and fuel economy in one vehicle. It offers high capacity lithium-ion battery pack and very powerful electric motors. From its 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine, it now has a retuned generative output of 176 horsepower and 168-pound feet of torque.

Just like the standard RAV4 Hybrid, this new RAV4 Prime features an all-wheel-drive system, which is electronically controlled and powers the rear wheels from the rear-mounted motor. Although, the manufacturer hasn’t given us in-depth info on the extent and strength of the motor, but we believe the new model should have a combined generative output of 302 horsepower. From all indications, we are being offered an additional 83 horsepower over what we were used to while driving the original RAV4 Hybrid. The Prime can now accelerate from a standstill of zero to 60 mph in an impressive 5.8 seconds.


In this plug-in hybrid version, Toyota has finally found a way to blend fuel efficiency and potent road performance

The 2021 RAV4 Prime has an electric-only range of roughly 39 miles, which according to the automaker is the longest range any PHEV crossover can offer in the market. There is also a claim that its driving range is just 8 miles less of Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid version.

Since the battery is mounted beneath the floor of the car, this means the cabin space hasn’t been tampered with by any means. It also serves another purpose, by lowering centre of gravity and ensuring improved stability.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime trims, exterior and interior designs

These trims will only be offered in SE and XSE variants. The SE trim will feature aerodynamic front spoiler, unique grille, 18-inch alloy wheels and piano black accents.

For its interior design, it offers standard features such as leather-wrapped steering wheels, 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility, heated front seats, power liftgate, 8-way power driver’s seat, 7-inch multi-information display and Blind Spot Monitor.


The ultimate RAV4 Prime is very fast and pleasing to the eyes

For optional features in case you are on the lookout for high-end features, Toyota is offering Weather and Moonroof Package, which comprises heated steering wheel, heated second row seat and moon roof. Other optional features include windshield wiper de-icer and rain-sensing wipers.


Set to be launched next summer, it will be offered in two trims, with impressive standard and optional features

This trim is an upscale and more elegant version of the 2 trims. It offers a 2-tone exterior design with a vertical LED daytime running lights, massive 19-inch alloy wheels, and contrasting black roof.

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Its interior design has been made to be tasty, safe and driver-friendly with a lot of ambience within

For its inside look, it’s a pure touch of luxury and ambience. It offers features such as stylish lightings, moonroof and synthetic leather seats. Other features include wireless smartphone charger, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 9-inch infotainment system among others.


The RAV4 Prime whether SE trim or XSE trim, offers enough legroom and headroom for the occupants

Toyota has made available paddle shifters, which is the first time such will be fitted on any RAV4 model. According to the automaker, drivers can now increase regenerative braking by downshifting. To up the ante, there is also the availability of Premium Package features such as a panoramic moonroof, ventilated front seat, heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, heads-up display and digital rearview mirror. There is also the addition of Bird’s Eye View Monitor, power passenger seat and JBL premium audio system.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Safety features

Standard safety features from the Toyota Safety Sense suit for all trims include:

  • Automatic high beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure alert
  • Road sign assist
  • Steering assist
  • Lane tracing assist

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime - The RAV With A Plug

This RAV4 Prime is unarguably the biggest addition to the range of RAV4 models. For its pricing, Toyota will reveal it close to its launch next summer. we've got loads of other latest cars for you here on Naijauto, in any case you are interested in prices of other ranges of RAV4 in Nigeria.

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