Toyota RAV4 Prime starts at $ 38,100 – faster and more environmentally friendly than originally planned

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Plug-in hybrid crossovers are about to become mainstream, as Toyota has announced that the RAV4 Prime 2021 will go on sale this summer with a base price of $ 38,100 – excluding federal and state incentives and fees. $ 1,120 delivery, processing and handling.

Costing slightly more than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the RAV4 Prime SE has a unique grille, aerodynamic front spoiler and piano black accents. The model also includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear charging port and a power tailgate.

Inside, there are heated front seats and an eight-way power driver’s seat. The model is also equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch multi-information display and an 8-inch infotainment system with Amazon Alexa, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

For an additional $ 1,665, customers can obtain the Weather and Sunroof package. It includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, rain sensing wipers and a transparent sunroof.

Also read: The Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV 2021 is both the most powerful and the most fuel-efficient RAV4 of all time

Buyers looking for more luxury can opt for the RAV4 Prime XSE. It stands out for its vertical LED daytime running light and its 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels. The model can also be fitted with a two-tone exterior with a black roof and a contrasting body.

In the cabin, there are SofTex seats and a larger 9-inch infotainment system. The premium plug-in hybrid also has a transparent sunroof, wireless smartphone charger and auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink universal transceiver.

Three different packages are available and the $ 815 weather pack adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and rain-sensing wipers. The weather and audio package at $ 2,435 includes all of the above equipment as well as a premium JBL audio system, three years of dynamic navigation and one year of destination assistance.

Finally, there is the “Weather with Audio and Premium Package” which costs $ 5,760. Aside from the terrible name, the package includes the previous two packs as well as heated / ventilated front seats, a passenger seat with four-way power adjustment and a panoramic glass sunroof. The package also includes a head-up display, digital rear view mirror, motion-activated power tailgate, bird’s-eye camera and 120 V AC outlet in the cargo area.

The package also includes an improved 6.6 kW charger which replaces the standard 3 kW on-board charger. Unfortunately, the company still hasn’t mentioned a cooldown for both.

Both models are equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance systems. It includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. There is also a lane departure alert with steering assistance, lane departure assistance (lane centering) and assistance at the road sign.

Motivation is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a lithium-ion battery and a rear-mounted electric motor. This configuration allows the AWD crossover to have a combined power of 302 hp (225 kW / 306 PS).

In addition to being the most powerful RAV4 of all time, Toyota has revealed that the model should be faster than expected. In today’s announcement, they quietly lowered the estimated time from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km / h) from 5.8 to 5.7 seconds.

The model is also more eco-friendly than expected, as Toyota increased the electric range only from 39 miles (62.8 km) to 42 miles (67.6 km). If that figure disappears, the RAV4 Prime would have the longest EV range of any plug-in hybrid crossover on the market.

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