If you had told us a decade ago that the Toyota Supra would be congenital by BMW, we would’ve told you to bang rocks. Had you said that Toyota’s uber-popular RAV4 crossover will be one of the quickest cartage in Toyota’s portfolio, we would’ve alleged you crazy. But today’s apple is annihilation but a accustomed place. It’s a apple breadth the achievement of abounding SUVs now rivals or surpasses that of some sports sedans. And yes, it’s a apple breadth alike a RAV4 is quicker in some cases than the new Supra.
Now in its third archetypal year, Toyota’s fifth bearing of its bestselling RAV4 gets added electric action address of a new constituent amalgam variant, the 2021 RAV4 Prime. Below its hood, the Prime’s powertrain is agnate to that of the plug-less RAV4 amalgam model. On the fuel-burning ancillary of its powertrain is a 177-hp 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four that has been calibrated for Prime duty.
But commutual with the internal-combustion agent is Toyota’s Amalgam Synergy Drive system. With two permanent-magnet ancillary AC motor-generators that amalgamate to accomplish 179 application and 199 pound-feet of torque at the advanced axle, the arrangement makes essentially added balance than the RAV4 hybrid’s electric addition of 118 horses and 149 pound-feet. There’s an added motor, the aforementioned 53-hp, 89-lb-ft rear motor that’s adapted to the RAV4 amalgam to board accepted all-wheel-drive capability. Electricity to adeptness the arrangement is stored in an 18.1-kWh lithium-ion array pack. With all the apparatus alive in harmony, the RAV4 Prime is rated at a accumulated 302 horsepower, which is a stout 83 ponies added than the hybrid.
We’ve already put the accepted RAV4 up adjoin the best in its articulation during a six-way compact-crossover allegory test, and we’ve vetted the amalgam in abstracted testing. The Prime tips the scales at a ample 4400 pounds, 579 added than the hybrid. At the analysis track, however, the added weight was no bout for the added advance of the Prime’s powertrain. The Prime blasts to 60 mph in aloof 5.4 abnormal and crosses the quarter-mile in 14.0 abnormal at 100 mph. Yes, the Supra with its accepted 255-hp turbo 2.0-liter four is still quicker—4.7 abnormal to 60 mph and 13.3 at 104 mph in the quarter-mile—but the Prime does exhausted it from bristles to 60 mph, 30 to 50 mph, and from 50 to 70 mph. It additionally spanks the RAV4 amalgam to 60 mph by 1.9 abnormal and crushes it in the quarter-mile by 2.6 abnormal and 9 mph. Those able-bodied abreast in quick Toyotas will agenda the Prime is additionally quicker than the wannabe-racer Camry TRD.
For those not block Supras about on Friday nights, the Prime’s adeptness is acceptable the added absorbing element. Toyota has been accomplishing the amalgam affair for absolutely some time, and its technology is able-bodied sorted. The alteration from internal-combustion to electric adeptness is seamless, although the Prime could account from some added abreast from the four-cylinder. Once the array is depleted or the accelerator is pushed to the floor, the 2.5-liter moans and groans a afflictive soundtrack. But afore those thresholds are breached, the Prime can run for up to 42 afar of EPA-rated electric-only driving, which is added than abundant to awning best commutes. It can additionally sustain EV approach up to 84 mph. At 75 mph, we catholic 32 afar afore the powertrain switched from authentic electric to amalgam mode. With the electrons depleted, we averaged 32 mpg, which is 6 mpg below than its EPA artery rating.
However, the Prime’s anatomy dynamics are far below acute than its befuddled powertrain. Panic stops from 70 mph aftermath an alarming shuddering sound. And although the Prime has the better anchor rotors accessible on any RAV4, we recorded a diffuse 195-foot stop. There’s additionally affluence of anatomy cycle at the 0.75-g crabbed anchor limit. For comparison, the non-plug-in RAV4 amalgam chock-full from 70 mph in 182 anxiety and absorbed the skidpad at 0.81 g in our testing. Under added affable active conditions, the Prime has a close anchor pedal that lacks any adorning weirdness, its council is responsive, and abreast from absolution a few aciculate impacts echo through its structure, its ride affection is supple.
Starting at $39,220—some $9750 added than the amateur RAV4 amalgam LE—the entry-level Prime SE is abundantly able with an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, acrimonious and admiring bolt seats, and 18-inch wheels. For addition $3345, the XSE archetypal adds a 9.0-inch display, two-tone paint, a wireless charging pad, constructed covering seats, LED emphasis lighting, 19-inch wheels, and paddle shifters. While paddle shifters adeptness assume out of abode in a RAV4, after the adeptness to be apprenticed with one pedal or a way to baddest its amount of adorning braking, manually downshifting the continuously capricious manual does accredit added regen aback decelerating and bottomward grades. Both trims affection Toyota’s diffuse account of assurance equipment, including adaptive cruise, lane-keeping assist, and banal detection. The XSE trim adds cross-traffic alerts and parking abetment for the advanced and rear.
Like all fifth-generation RAV4s, the Prime allowances from bigger exoteric administration with a boxlike appearance and a adult barrier appeal. The Prime isn’t accessible in the outdoor-themed Adventure or decidedly able TRD trims, admitting it does affection a Trail approach that loosens up the adherence ascendancy and will accelerate torque to the caster with the best traction. The autogenous is ergonomically affable with automatic ergonomics and chic rubber-trimmed knobs to ascendancy the audio aggregate and HVAC functions. The touchscreens angle appreciative on the dash, but their resolution looks added 2015 than the contrarily alluringly avant-garde cabin. With the array packaged below the floor, no commuter amplitude is absent against added RAV4s, and the aback bench charcoal ample abundant to board full-size adults. Burden aggregate abaft the rear seats (33-34 cubic feet) is hardly penalized, accident four or bristles cubes compared to the hybrid.
While SE and XSE both appear accepted with a 3.3-kWh onboard charger, affective up to the XSE unlocks the adeptness for quicker charging. For $5760, the Premium amalgamation ups the charger to 6.6 kWh, while additionally abacus a 120-volt aperture in the burden area, a across-the-board roof, a head-up display, acrimonious outboard seats in the rear, and blast for the advanced chairs. Compared to the accepted charger, the added able bureaucracy reduces charging times by two hours aback affiliated to a 240-volt supply, acute 2.5 hours by Toyota’s measurement. Aback affiliated to a 120-volt outlet, Toyota claims it will booty 12 hours to furnish the battery.
Though the antecedent amount places the RAV4 Prime at the top of the RAV4’s archetypal hierarchy, the Prime currently qualifies for a $7500 federal tax acclaim from Uncle Sam. With that discount, the Prime becomes a acute buy, actuality quicker and below big-ticket than a loaded RAV4 amalgam Limited archetypal and with decidedly added electric range. Indeed, annihilation about that seems normal.
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