The Toyota Prius has been a long-standing favorite in the hybrid community for a long time. The word hybrid is synonymous with Prius. Every star has their moment to shine, and Prius, while still a hot-selling hybrid, is getting beat at the game it had created.
Here are two ways that the Toyota Rav4 is beating the Prius.
The 2021 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Is Outselling The Prius
While the numbers are close, they do not lie. Midway through the model year, Rav4 hybrid was at 29,319 units. Prius, still having a strong following, was on the heels at 29,241.
Those numbers may seem minuscule, but the thing is, Prius has been an active leader for so long, it was just a matter of time before sales slowed down. The numbers do not mean that Prius no longer has a place; it just means that the preferences of owners are changing.
The 2021 Rav4 Hybrid Dominates Prius In Performance
Prius is a fun car, not exactly a Supra but fun enough. The Rav4, however, has stepped up its game. The horsepower numbers alone are making the Rav4 very appealing. 302 horsepower on a hybrid car that is getting 37 miles per gallon is pretty fantastic.
The zero to 60 in 5.8 seconds in nearly twice as quick as the 2020 Prius. Interesting enough, the fuel economy is still very acceptable and especially for a small SUV.
I think that the Rav4 hybrid is a very intriguing vehicle that has certainly caught my eye. I love my Prius for sure, and I think that it has a place in our society. I feel it will always be around in one way or another.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting