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What is the 2021 RAV4 Prime?

Have you heard the news? There is about to be a new RAV4 in town. It’s called the RAV4 Prime and it will be a 2021 model. What is the 2021 RAV4 Prime? You might be surprised to learn about its drivetrain and its extreme performance.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime emblemWhat makes the RAV4 Prime different from the RAV4?

The RAV4 Prime is different in a few ways. First off, Toyota is pushing the RAV4 Prime as a performance model and it can back that up to with standard AWD and a drivetrain that can produce a whopping 302 horsepower.

The secret to all that power is not actually just a heftier drivetrain. Instead it’s a hybrid, but unlike other hybrid options in the RAV4 lineup, this is a plug-in hybrid. This drivetrain enables the RAV4 Prime to earn a projected 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds which is insane for vehicles in this class. To put that in perspective, the small but performance-oriented Land Rover Discovery Sport recently boasted of a 0-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds.


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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug inHow does a plug-in hybrid vehicle like the RAV4 Prime work?

From a driving standpoint, the RAV4 Prime acts like a normal crossover. You get in and drive, and you can take it to the gas station for fill-ups. To get an extra efficiency boost, you can also plug the vehicle in to pre-charge the batteries before you leave the house.

In fact, if you have a short commute, you can travel up to 39 miles on a single charge before switching over to gasoline. The switch to gasoline happens seamlessly, so you have nothing to worry about. The RAV4 Prime handles things for you.


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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime red front view in a tunnelWhen will the 2021 RAV4 Prime be available in the U.S.?

As you can expect with the 2021 model year, the RAV4 Prime isn’t exactly right around the corner, but it isn’t that far away either. Currently, Toyota is anticipating a summer 2020 release date. If you will be shopping for a new crossover in the Pittsburgh area and want something greener, then keep an eye toward the Baierl Toyota inventory to see when we have one in stock. You can also reach out to us and we can let you know when one becomes available.

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