Performance hybrids aren’t exactly a new concept, but we’re still a little surprised that the 2021 RAV4 Prime is the second-fastest car that Toyota is making. Packing 302 horsepower, it’s capable of 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. That’s considerably faster than the 7.8 seconds the old RAV4 Hybrid would take.
It’s down to a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gas engine at the front, and an electric motor at the rear. Total electric-only range is an estimated 39 miles, Toyota says. Electronic on-demand all-wheel drive only kicks in when the rear needs more traction.
As we’ve seen from other Toyota models recently, there’s a long list of standard active safety kit. Toyota will offer the 2021 RAV4 Prime in two trims, SE and XSE, with the latter adding things like cooled seats, a bigger 9-inch infotainment screen, wireless phone charging, and two-tone paint. Expect the SUV to arrive in summer 2020.