The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Makes 302 Fucking HP!!!

All image credits: Toyota
All image credits: Toyota

Having driven the 2019 Toyota RAV4, I can definitively say it’s a Good Car. It’s comfortable, utilitarian and good at just being a car. That said, with 203 horsepower, it was a little underpowered. Clearly, Toyota aware of the issue, because the all-new, 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid now makes 302 HP. YOU GUYS. I never thought I’d see the day.

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It has been suggested (by this website, no less) that 300 HP is the perfect amount of power. For something like a McLaren, the figure is laughable. But for a RAV4? It’s damn-near unheard of.

Toyota knows what big news this is, too. Its press release smugly calls out the 3.5-liter V6 that was offered in the 2006 to 2012 RAV4. That motor, despite being bigger in displacement and with more cylinders, only made 269 HP and had a combined MPG fuel economy rating of 21 highway and city.

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The RAV4 Prime uses a tuned version of the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine. Combined with the electric motors, total system output is 302 HP, sent to all four wheels. It’s a plug-in hybrid and has an all-electric mode with an estimated range of 39 miles, which is very impressive. The combined fuel economy rating comes to a manufacturer-estimated 90 MPGe. Zero to 60 mph happens in a claimed 5.8 seconds.

The RAV4 Prime will be offered in SE and XSE trims. The SE is the sporty one and the XSE the more luxurious one with 19-inch wheels. In both trims, though, cabin space isn’t sacrificed by the bigger lithium-ion battery because it’s mounted beneath the floor. That means the RAV4 Prime also has a lower center of gravity.

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The car also comes standard with a bunch of safety features, such as radar cruise control, automatic high beams, road sign assist and pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

No pricing was announced at this time, but it’ll probably be the range-topping RAV4. Currently, the RAV4 Hybrid starts at $28,100. Expect the RAV4 Prime to be a little more expensive than that.

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The RAV4 Prime now joins the Camry, Avalon and Supra as Toyota models that can make over 300 HP. What a time to be alive.

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Just for the record.... THIS is the direction the industry should be headed.

Rather than acting like lemmings and following Musk over the cliff of 1500 pound battery packs and CO2 filled 120 KW-hour lithium cells.


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