Just a few weeks back, Toyota released the pricing information for the upcoming RAV4 Prime. Safe to say customers eager to get their hands on the plug-in hybrid SUV were impressed. However, EPA ratings for the model were missing at the time.
This week, EPA finally released the official fuel economy figures for the new RAV4 hybrid.
Consistent with Toyota’s earlier promise, the plug-in hybrid achieves an overall rating of 94 MPGe. It’s about 6 MPGs lower than its segment rival Ford Escape Hybrid, but it gives a better impression considering the RAV4 has nearly twice the output of the Ford model.
In addition to the EPA numbers, the new RAV4 has a range estimate of 42 miles—4 miles more than the Escape PHEV and the opposite of the Japanese automaker’s earlier prediction, which was lower than Ford’s.
On its own, the RAV4 Prime’s 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I4 gas engine delivers a combined 38 mpg, a little short than the Escape.
An all-wheel-drive setup sees the 2021 RAV4 Prime delivering up to 302 horsepower, more than enough to draw the attention of buyers looking for hybrid vehicles. The entry-level trim comes with a power driver’s seat, a power liftgate, as well as an 8-inch infotainment screen for a retail price of $39,220, inclusive of the mandatory destination fee.
For the XSE variant, customers can expect more tech features, larger wheels, wireless device charging, a moonroof, and synthetic leather seats for $42,545. Both trims will be offered with a 6.6-kWh charger along with keyless entry, front-seat ventilation, and surround-view cameras to customers who will avail of the $5,760 upgrade.
The model will arrive at U.S. dealerships this summer.