Toyota RAV4 Prime turns out the marque’s single most fuel-efficient car
Toyota has introduced the performance-oriented RAV4 Prime SUV ahead of its LA Show premiere. Aside from being the strongest model on the RAV lineup, it is also the least gas-hungry.
Powering the Prime is a hybrid drivetrain that includes a gasoline engine good for 180 hp (134 kW) and an electric motor supplying another 126 hp (94 kW). The resulting total output amounts to 306 hp (228 kW), and the EPA-rated all-electric range is 63 kilometers (39 miles). A new AWD electronic system reduces the 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) time to just 5.8 seconds.
The RAV4 Prime will emerge in two trim levels called the SE and XSE. The former sports an original radiator design, black accents, an aerodynamically shaped front spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It houses a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch multimedia system with app support, and heated front seats (the driver’s seat boasts eight power adjustments). You may opt for the Weather & Moonroof package which adds a roof hatch and introduces heating to the rear seats and the wheel.
The RAV4 Prime XSE is a more style-conscious option. It boasts a dual-tone paintjob, stacked DRLs, and larger 19-inch wheels. Inside, the seats are wrapped in imitation leather, the roof has a hatch by default, and there is a wireless phone charger. The rear view mirror supports automatic dimming, and you can pay extra for such options as ventilated front seats, panoramic glass roof, rear view camera, premium audio, and a HUD.
Sales will begin in the summer next year.
Editor Andrew Raspopov