It’s time for a new vehicle, and you’d like to move away from gasoline and toward electric, but how do you choose? The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Prime are both great options to drive in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. How are they different, and which eco-friendly SUV is right for you?
Basics Of The RAV4 Hybrid
The advanced hybrid engine of the RAV4 Hybrid uses a combination of gasoline and electricity to power it. This results in performance reaching 219 horsepower and an average of 41 mpg in city driving.* It’s a bit more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the gasoline-only RAV4 but still drives similarly.
Available on-demand all-wheel drive ensures you have stability on the road when you need it. The continuously variable transmission allows the SUV to be more efficient at lower speeds while shifting smoothly.
A lineup of drive modes gives you even more control over how the SUV operates:
ECO reduces acceleration to increase fuel efficiency
EV switches to electric battery power for short-distance driving
Sport is a lot of fun but not as fuel-efficient
Trail gives you optimal traction by applying the brakes to individual wheels
Normal is a combination of modes for dry, clear driving conditions
At a starting price under $30,000, the RAV4 Hybrid will give you the performance and fuel efficiency you are looking for at a price point far below an all-electric vehicle.
Basics Of The RAV4 Prime
The RAV4 Prime costs about $10,000 more than the RAV4 Hybrid. That price jump is because the Prime can run on electricity entirely for a short period, something the RAV4 Hybrid can’t do.
You can plug the SUV into a compatible socket at home to charge its battery and get an estimated 42 miles of driving range in EV mode before it switches to hybrid gas-electric power.* The Prime switches effortlessly between electric and gas to give you an overall estimated 61 mpg.* Just keep in mind that you’ll need to charge the SUV at home or a charging station on a regular basis.
It’s also much stronger, producing an impressive 302 horsepower with the combined gas/electric powertrain. It offers the same drive mode selector as the RAV4 Hybrid.
If you want to save the environment and some money on gas, either the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or RAV4 Prime will satisfy. You can find both models in stock now at Krause Toyota.
*EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE AWD; 28 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE FWD and XLE Premium FWD; 27 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE AWD and XLE Premium AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; 25 city/32 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle's condition and how/where you drive. See https://www.fueleconomy.gov/