Is the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Prime the perfect compact crossover within the US? Many believe so, and we will now add Alex Dykes, the host of the extremely popular automotive evaluation website, Alex On Autos, to that listing.

Yr over 12 months, the Toyota RAV4 has been the top-selling compact crossover within the US with gross sales topping 400,000 yearly. Due to this fact, if Toyota did not execute the plug-in hybrid system properly, clients would merely take a move and proceed shopping for the common ICE or hybrid variations.

Thankfully, that did not occur. Toyota discovered sufficient room to stuff an 18.1 kWh battery within the car, which provides 42 miles of all-electric vary. The Honda Readability PHEV is the one plug-in hybrid accessible in the present day with an extended all-electric driving vary. (Okay the Karma Revero GT PHEV has an extended driving vary (61 miles), nevertheless it’s such a low-volume car that it hardly counts)

Toyota additionally gave the RAV4 Prime a 302hp powertrain that propels the car to 60mph from a standstill in 5.7 seconds. That is quick sufficient to make the RAV4 Prime not solely the quickest RAV4 accessible but additionally the quickest car in your complete Toyota lineup, excluding the high-performance Supra. 

Toyota RAV4 Prime Alex On Autos

Dykes owns a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, so he is intimately educated about these automobiles, and he filmed the video shortly after finishing a 500-mile highway journey with the RAV4 Prime. He first explains the outside variations from the common RAV, together with wheel and entrance finish clearance.

Dykes then explains the hybrid powertrain and why he believes Toyota has higher hybrid methods than what’s supplied in a few of the premium manufacturers, like BMW, Mercedes, or lincoln. He goes over all the specs and explains how environment friendly the RAV4 Prime is and that it provides 38 miles per gallon as soon as the battery is exhausted. Moreover, he factors out that Toyota would not do fuzzy math after they provide the car’s gasoline effectivity figures, in contrast to another OEM’s that he calls out.

Toyota RAV4 Prime Alex On Autos

Dykes then hops into the RAV4 Prime and provides an excellent driving impression evaluation, and charges the car’s braking, dealing with, trip, acceleration, cabin noise, and gasoline financial system.   

The RAV4 Prime begins at $38,100, which is far more costly than the non-plugin model. Nevertheless, as Dykes factors out, the car will internet out to solely $30,600 in the event you qualify for the complete $7,500 federal tax credit score which the RAV4 Prime will get as a result of the battery is bigger than 16 kWh. State incentives can carry the value down below $30,000 in some circumstances.

Dykes reminds us that Toyota is only sending 5,000 RAV4 Primes to the US in 2020, so they’re at present very onerous to find. Nevertheless, Toyota has promised to up that determine to twenty,000 items in 2021, which might signify about 5% of the full variety of RAV4s anticipated to land within the US through the 12 months. 

Ultimately Dykes reveals (no shock after watching the video) that he would seemingly select the RAV4 Prime over any compact crossover in the present day, plug-in or not. Do you agree? Tell us within the remark part beneath.