The most popular small SUV in the country has many different offerings for customers.
People can choose between traditional gasoline-powered RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid (gasoline engine plus electric motors). Both are solid options and are incredibly dependable and reliable.
Also, potential owners can really decide to go next level and purchase a RAV4 Prime. With gas prices so high these days, the potential to drive in all-electric mode for up to 42 miles is certainly appealing.
Toyota RAV4 Prime Charging
New Toyota RAV4 Prime models come standard with a provided charging cable. Both the RAV4 Prime SE and XSE (these are the only trim levels) are equipped with a 3.3kW onboard traction battery charger. This is all the equipment you really need to charge your new vehicle.
You can upgrade your XSE with a Premium Package that bulks up your onboard battery charger to 6.6kW for faster charge times.
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Your RAV4 Prime can be plugged into a standard 120V outlet. The benefit here is you can typically charge your RAV4 Prime at home and at work.
There are three main methods for charging, each with different charging times.
2021 RAV4 Prime Charging Methods
First, you can plug your provided charging cable into a standard 120V outlet at home or work. You will use the base 3.3kW onboard charger. This charging process takes approximately 12 hours.
Next method: you can still use the base 3.3kW onboard charger. But this time you charge while plugged into an upgraded 240V system. This significantly reduces your charging time to about 4 hours and 30 minutes.
The fastest method is to purchase a Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE with a Premium Package. This upgrades you to the 6.6kW onboard charger. Then, you can plug into the upgraded 240V system. Now you only have to wait approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes for a full electric charge.
2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime
The 2022 RAV4 Prime is essentially a direct carryover from 2021 RAV4 Prime. You will not see much difference between the two model years. Perhaps that will help you with your research before buying.
Toyota RAV4 Prime Features
In my opinion, there are many reasons to consider a Toyota RAV4 Prime.
It utilizes both gasoline and electric power to produce 302 horsepower, which is the most powerful RAV4 of all time.
RAV4 Prime can travel 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest Toyota models currently on the market.
And, of course, there is the fuel efficiency benefit. As I said before, in electric-only mode people can travel up to 42 miles on one single charge without using a drop of gasoline. The posted estimated fuel economy is 94 MPGe (what new owners really get for mpg).
One tank of gasoline (with a full 14.5 gallons of fuel) provides a driving range of around 600 miles. That can get people a long way during a road trip.
Time for Your RAV4 Prime Comments
Thanks for reading everyone.
Do you own either a Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, or RAV4 Prime? If so, how do you like yours so far?
With RAV4 Prime, what is your fuel economy so far? Is it exactly what you had hoped? How far have you been able to travel in electric mode alone?
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