So, we are all hyped for the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime Right? I know I am. With almost any new car, you have to talk to your dealer, wait for delivery, and then go pick it up. Because of dealer allocation laws and rules, it’s pretty hard for you to walk into a dealership and just say, “gimmie that one,” unless you have a strong relationship with your dealer.
In a normal economy, you can expect to wait for say a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for about 3 months until they ship it out to you. However, a recent post in a Facebook’s Toyota RAV4 Hybrid group revealed that people waiting for the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime are waiting for way longer than they should be. Tony Pellerite said, “Just put a deposit down on a RAV 4 Prime anyone have any information on lead times for delivery. Dealer said 4 to 6 months.”
Now, this is not that bad of a waiting time, especially for a plug-in hybrid SUV. However, the one part of this post that really shook me was the comments and other people posting on their waiting times. Here is what one of the users said. Greg Loewen said, “Put a deposit down in British Columbia, Canada, and are on 2 to 3 years waitlist. So, 4 to 6 months seems not so bad.” Even though he lives in Canada, 2 to 3 years is way too long of a wait. I’d wait that long for maybe the Tesla Cybertruck, but they aren’t even making those yet. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is already in production, and it shouldn’t take this long.
Amanda Long said, “We were told a year or so. So, we bought an HEV RAV instead that took about 2 1/2 months from allocation to delivery.” Another commenter was also given a waiting time of a year in England.
These are astronomically high waiting times, especially for an affordable SUV not made in small numbers. If this is true, it’s better to cancel and then wait 2 years and buy the 2022-year model as used for a cheaper price.
By the way, if you are wondering why your RAV4 Hybrid might be making some slow A/C propulsion, check out our latest article about the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's A/C.
Now as to why it takes that long to get your 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime? It may be because of a lot of reasons. The biggest reason might be chip shortages. The second biggest reason might be Toyota’s dealer allocations. I don’t know if Toyota has any plans to make this more streamlined in the future but to be fair, with the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime being a highly anticipated car and the economy looking global economy looking like pre-terminator times, I don’t think this is really Toyota’s fault but yet again, would you wait 3 years for a car that’s already being produced?
There are a few things that I would like you to know about the new RAV4 Prime. After owning the RAV4 Prime for a year, this owner reviews it and says the car is brilliant and he has no regrets. Interestingly, the RAV4 Prime owners begin buying a second one. Toyota’s ability to make the RAV4 Prime is really what set it at the top of the 2021 delivery list. "Almost every vehicle model in America today is limited not by popularity, but by production capability. Toyota’s ability to overcome adversity in its production is now enabling a new trend. RAV4 Prime owners are buying second ones," notes John Goreham from Torque News Toyota reporting team.
This is how the 2022 RAV4 Prime's waiting time was in early March of 2022 and you can check out it has changed since then comparing what the owners say in this article.
What do you think? How should Toyota fix this? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.