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EPA Releases Official MPG and Carbon Data For 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime - Prepare To Be Amazed

The final numbers from EPA have arrived and the new 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle tops its class by a huge margin.


The official Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy and carbon numbers have been released for the new Toyota RAV4 Prime all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV). The numbers reflect honesty on Toyota's part about what was to come, and prove that this vehicle is the single-most energy-efficient affordable all-wheel drive crossover sold in America. By a country mile.
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The RAV4 Prime AWD earns a staggering 94 MPGe overall rating, and can travel up to 42 miles in EV-Mode. More than enough to get most commuters to and from work without the need to charge while at their place of work. When the RAV4 Prime is being operated as a hybrid, its fuel economy is an impressive 38 MPG Combined rating from the EPA. That means even with its heavier battery to carry, the RAV4 prime is still as efficient as Honda's new CR-V Hybrid (which cannot be plugged in).
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Due to its combination of electric drive and also a gasoline engine, the AWD RAV4 Prime is capable of a sprint to 60 MPH in under six seconds. The last RAV4 Toyota produced that could do that was the V6 RAV4 model from 2012. We compared the energy data for these two models with similar performance and the difference was staggering. The RAV4 Prime has nearly double the rating of the outdated V6 RAV4 when operated as a hybrid and its 94 MPGe is almost four-times the V6 RAV4's 22 MPG Combined EPA rating. Furthermore, the RAV4 Prime creates just one-sixth the carbon per mile while in operation that the old V6 RAV4 did, while also producing significantly less smog-creating compounds. Over a fifteen-year lifespan, the RAV4 Prime would cost its owner about $12,000 less in energy than would a RAV4 V6. And that is using today's rediculously-low gasoline prices.

The RAV4 Prime offers shoppers a vehicle with the top performance of a V6 engine while offering the fuel savings of an electric vehicle. The RAV4 Prime has a cost after incentives in EV-targe states of around $30K and rises to about $34K after incentives for the top-trim with faster charging. Check out our full price breakdown. It is on-sale now at Toyota dealers across America.

John Goreham is a life-long car nut and recovering engineer. John's focus areas are technology, safety, and green vehicles. In the 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric vehicle from scratch. His was the role of battery thermal control designer. For 20 years he applied his engineering and sales talents in the high tech world and published numerous articles in technical journals such as Chemical Processing Magazine. In 2008 he retired from that career to chase his dream of being an auto writer. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on the Torque News Facebook Page, and view his credentials at Linkedin

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dbhoots (not verified)    August 6, 2020 - 4:40PM

I don't know if that is "amazing". 91 MPGe is way less efficient than a Tesla Model Y at 121 MPGe, and that's for the Performance model. The cost of dragging an engine around all the time.

My Name (not verified)    August 6, 2020 - 6:04PM

Eh, I'm not impressed. Anything below 100 MPGe is too low and 42 miles per charge is barely anything.

Mark (not verified)    August 6, 2020 - 11:48PM

The RAV4 Prime seems to be a brilliant car. However with an alleged 5000 units being imported this year it will be the unicorn of PHEVs.

I can't really get excited when this product will rarely be available and certainly not at these mythical prices.

John Goreham    August 7, 2020 - 3:47PM

In reply to by Mark (not verified)

Visit the Facebook clubs for the RAV4 Prime and see the customers who are taking them home this week from dealer stock at MSRP less the incentives they will receive. There is a long list of new owners with their SE trims who will end up with a cost lower than $33K. What would you consider a good first-year half-year run rate for a new vehicle of this type? And which manufacturer has ever beaten that pace? I can't think of a single one. Certainly not Tesla, GM, or Ford.

El (not verified)    August 7, 2020 - 12:14AM

Just picked up a RAV4 Prime this week. The engine hasn't come on yet. I'm pretty sure it gets more than 42 battery-only miles on a charge, but not much more. Maybe 50 if you really baby it.

pbutter (not verified)    August 7, 2020 - 5:29PM

You guys are crazy.... imagine commenting this just 10 or 15 years ago.... in 2005 and 2010...

An SUV getting 94 MPGe combined! Are you kidding me? This small SUV is obviously being marketed to a boarder segment of the SUV consuming market. Possibly marketed to the entire US Market (not just the east & west coast). It has broad appeal because it keeps its traditional ICE engine so can be used anywhere in the states and beyond.

A Tesla Model Y is more efficient but also can be limited to certain markets. The Rav4 Prime is not limited to those markets.