2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV

MSRP $41,488

Ranked #4 in Compact Suv

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota RAV4 has been in the compact SUV market for a long time now, and one of its biggest selling points has been its frugality. After a redesign last year, Toyota launched a plug-in hybrid variant which takes the frugality game to a whole new level. Not just efficiency, the new Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV was quicker than a Supra 2.0 according to some, with a massive 300-plus hp combined power output. On the outside though, the RAV4 hybrid looks almost identical to its gasoline-powered counterpart with only nominal differences. 

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Pros

Massive total power output

Solid acceleration and towing performance

Superior gas efficiency and electric-only range

Cons

High asking price

Unexciting handling

What's New?

No changes from the previous model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41488

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$41,488 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV in Adrenaline Red color
Adrenaline Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine and Performace

9.0

Pricing and Features

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


For the 2022 model year, theRAV4 is still pretty fresh and hence is expected to be launched as a carryover model without any changes whatsoever. It is still one of the most expensive compact hybrid SUVs in the market and hence we won’t be surprised if Toyota doesn't hike the prices much. The prices for the 2022 model year start at $39,500 as it competes against the much more affordable rivals like Ford Escape PHEV, Mini Cooper Countryman S E PHEV, and the Subaru Crosstrek PHEV. 

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Front View
2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Rear View

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Features

Toyota offers the RAV4 Prime in just two different trims, namely the SE and XSE. The base SE trim gets almost all the creature comforts and technology that Toyota can offer, while the XSE adds a hint of premiumness with JBL speakers, leatherette upholstery, larger wheels, and a handful of safety features. Although the RAV4 Prime is pretty expensive to begin with, if you can qualify for the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, it does make for an exciting prospect. 

Trims

SE

XSE

MSRP

$39,500

$42,750

Key Features

Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings

JBL Premium Speakers

 

LED Headlamps

Universal Remote Transmitter

 

Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic

Leatherette/Cloth Upholstery

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

19-inch Painted Alloy Wheels

 

Dual Zone Climate Control

Sunroof

 

Heated Cloth Front Seats

 

 

8-way Power Driver Seat

 

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With only two trims on offer and almost all the goodies being offered from the base SE trim, it is better to opt for that and choose the optional safety features and save some money as the car is pretty expensive in itself with a high starting price. With features like 8-way Power Driver Seat, Heated Cloth Front Seats, Dual Zone Climate Control, and more make for a value for money package. 

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV Release Date

There has not been any announcement from Toyota, but as per the fleet order guides, one can expect the 2022 Toyota RAV4 to make its way to the dealerships only by the end of 2021 with deliveries commencing shortly after. 

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Engine and Performance

The Toyota RAV4 Prime is offered with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine assisted by two electric motors, one on each axle, powering all four wheels as standard. The rated combined output is a whopping 302 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through a standard single-speed CVT transmission. 

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Engine Bay

Performance with this powerful powertrain is exceptional as it does the 0-60 mph run in just 5.6 seconds as compared to over 7.5 seconds taken by gas-only RAV4 and the 7.4 seconds of the hybrid RAV4. The Prime also has enough grunt under its hood to tow upto 2,500 lbs at the back of the SUV, which is hands down the best in this segment. 

Model

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV SE

2021 Ford Escape PHEV SE

2021 Mini Cooper Countryman S E PHEV

2021 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

MSRP

$39,500

$34,320

$37,750

$36,395

Engine

2.5L, Gas/Electric Hybrid Inline-4

2.5L, Gas/Electric Hybrid Inline-4

2.5L, Gas/Electric Hybrid Inline-3

2.5L, Gas/Electric Hybrid Flat-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

1-speed CVT

1-speed CVT

1-speed CVT

1-speed CVT

Power

302 hp @ 6,000 rpm

221 hp @ 6,250 rpm

221 hp @ 4,400 rpm

148 hp @ 5,600 rpm

Torque

199 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

155 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

284 lb-ft

134 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

5.6

8.7

7.5

8.3

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.2

16.9

15.8

16.5

Top Speed (mph)

117

114

118

108

Towing Capacity (lbs)

2,500

1,500

1,576

1,000

Though the Ford Escape PHEV may look like the most affordable offering in this comparison, the lack of an AWD drivetrain does affect its practicality. Also, it is the slowest off the line alongside the Subaru Crosstrek. The Crosstrek PHEV also has the lowest towing capacity, which isn’t very useful in real-world situations. The Mini Countryman S PHEV has sufficient power to offer superior acceleration and towing prowess than the other two, but it too cannot match upto the RAV4 Prime’s exceptional performance. 

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The Toyota RAV4 Prime houses a decent-sized 18.1 kWh battery pack under its floor which can power the RAV4 for 39 miles of electric-only range, which is far better than the competition. Toyota offers a 3.3 kWh charger as standard, while the 6.6 kWh charger is available as optional with the XSE trim that charges the battery in just 2.5 hours from a 240-volt power outlet. With a large 14.2-gallon fuel tank on offer, the RAV4 Prime provides over 500 miles of range as well. 

Model

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV SE

2021 Ford Escape PHEV SE

2021 Mini Cooper Countryman S E PHEV

2021 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

MPG (Combined)

38

40

27

35

MPGe (Combined)

94

105

65

90

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

14.5

11.2

9.5

13.2

Range (Combined) (miles)

551

448

257

462

Electric Only Range (miles)

39

37

18

17

The Mini Cooper doesn’t have the most frugal setup and hence offers only an 18-mile electric-only range and also has the highest fuel consumption in this comparison. The Crosstrek PHEV too has a similar EV range but offers a much superior fuel efficiency than the Mini. On the other hand, the Ford Escape comes very close to the RAV4 Prime with its EV driving range, and in fact, gets higher efficiency ratings from the EPA.

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Interior

9.0/10

Similar to the regular RAV4, the cabin of the RAV4 Prime is well built and neatly laid out without much flair in terms of styling. The design is practical and elegant with clever storage options like the height-adjustable false floor in the cargo area and various pockets all around the cabin. Despite lugging a battery, the RAV4 Prime offers identical cargo space as the basic RAV4, which is again one of the best in the segment. 

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Front Seats

The cabin is pretty spacious as well, offering plenty of headroom and legroom for all the occupants in both rows. The SofTex leatherette upholstery feels pretty premium, and the visibility is pretty good on all sides. The controls are well labeled and logically placed except for the different drive modes, which do not really explain their functions and have a learning curve to be able to use them. 

Model

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV SE

2021 Ford Escape PHEV SE

2021 Mini Cooper Countryman S E PHEV

2021 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.5 / 57.8 / 41.0

40.0 / 55.2 / 42.4

39.9 / 54.8 / 40.4

39.8 / 56.7 / 43.1

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.5 / 56.4 / 37.8

39.3 / 56.0 / 38.9

36.3 / 53.9 / 37.6

37.6 / 55.6 / 36.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

33.5

24.4

13.1

15.9

There is abundant space in the front and rear seats of the Ford Escape PHEV, but it falls short in terms of luggage space against the RAV4 Prime. That being said, it still offers a much larger trunk as compared to the Mini Countryman and the Subaru Crosstrek. Mini has the most compact cabin and the smallest boot, while the Crosstrek hybrid loses out on trunk volume but offers comfortable seating for all its occupants. Major interior features include: 

  • Heated Front Sport Seats
  • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Manual Reclining Rear Seat
  • SofTex Seat Trim w/fabric seat inserts
  • Tilt/Telescoping Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
  • Safety Connect with 1-year trial Tracker System

How intuitive is the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV’s infotainment unit?

The RAV4 Prime features an 8-inch infotainment system as standard with an optional 9-inch unit also on offer. Both the systems feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, while the latter has Amazon Alexa voice commands integration on offer. The placement of the infotainment screen could have been better as it is a tad bit farther from the driver than we would have liked. 

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Infotainment Unit

The size and placement of the buttons around the screen could also be improved for ease of use of the driver while on the move. Overall, the system is intuitive and easy to use with crisp graphics. A 6-speaker audio system is standard, while the higher XSE trim features a more premium JBL speaker setup, but the number of speakers remains the same, and although the bass is punchy, the overall experience isn’t the greatest. Major infotainment features include: 

  • A 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/3-month All Access trial
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Voice Activation
  • Mobile Hotspot Internet Access

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Exterior

6.0/10

Toyota updated the design just last year for the RAV4, and the 2022 model year should carry forward the same designs. The RAV4 Prime is distinguishable from its gasoline counterpart with muscular hood lines and sharper front fascia on offer.

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Front Angle View

The dual exhaust tips at the back and the chrome bar that connect the rear end are specific to the Prime. Toyota also offers black body cladding and trim pieces with an optional blacked-out roof that makes the Prime look sportier than its siblings. 

Model

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV SE

2021 Ford Escape PHEV SE

2021 Mini Cooper Countryman S E PHEV

2021 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,235

3,870

3,948

3,717

Length (in)

180.9

180.5

169.8

176.5

Width (in)

73.0

74.1

71.7

71.0

Height (in)

67.0

65.9

61.4

62.8

Ground Clearance (in)

8.1

6.8

6.5

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

106.7

105.1

104.9

Since the RAV4 Prime lugs around a larger battery pack, it is also the heaviest of the lot and hence doesn’t have the best handling to offer. In terms of dimensions, the Mini Countryman is the most compact hybrid here and yet offers a wheelbase on par with its rivals. It also offers the lowest ride height, while the Subaru Crosstrek hybrid has the highest ground clearance and is also the lightest. Toyota RAV4 is the tall and wide one, which translates to a roomier cabin. Major exterior highlights of the SUV are:

  • Automatic Projector Beam LED Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Power Liftgate
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • 19-inch Painted and Machined Finish Alloy Wheels

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Safety

6.0/10

The 2021 RAV4 Prime wasn’t specifically tested by the NHTSA, but the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid did score a perfect 5-star rating and is mechanically identical to the Prime. The IIHS also rates the Prime well and has chosen it as the “Top Safety Pick” for its great performance in its crash tests. Toyota has also offered almost all of their safety features as standard on all their cars, and the RAV4 Prime is no different. A highlight of the most prominent safety and driver assistance features expected to be offered by Toyota in the 2022 RAV4 Prime is listed below. 

  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
  • Safety Connect with 1-year trial Emergency SOS
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Back-Up Camera

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Competition

7.0/10

Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV vs Ford Escape PHEV

Although the Ford Escape PHEV is considerably cheaper and is marginally more frugal than RAV4 Prime, it lacks grunt and has a sluggish acceleration to offer.

Ford Escape PHEV

The RAV4 Prime is much more capable in terms of acceleration and towing capabilities while also offering a more spacious trunk volume. The long list of standard features, high ride height, and Toyota’s expertise and dependability in the EV department make it worth the additional money that Toyota demands.

Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV vs Mini Cooper Countryman S E PHEV

The Mini Countryman offers a much more premium cabin and great handling, and yet is much more affordable than the RAV4 Prime. Mini still does not match up to the RAV4 Prime’s acceleration and towing capabilities and also lacks the cabin space and luggage volume which is abundant inside the Toyota.

Mini Cooper Countryman S E PHEV

Also, the RAV4 Prime is far more efficient and also offers a more SUV-like experience, and is overall more practical. Since practicality and efficiency are the main pillars of a PHEV SUV, we feel the 2022 RAV4 Prime is the winner in this comparison. 

Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV vs Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

The Subaru Crosstrek PHEV is the most underpowered vehicle in this comparison, and that can clearly be seen in its acceleration performance. The 1,000 lbs towing capacity is also hardly useful, and so is the 17 mile EV range. It is also not as efficient as the RAV4 Prime and has a much lower driving range.

Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

Although the cabin is pretty spacious, the luggage space is no way near what Toyota has to offer. That being said, both offer great safety standards and a long list of technology, but yet, it is the Toyota RAV4 Prime that feels more value for money amongst the two. 

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime SUV Final Verdict

The Toyota RAV4 Prime has taken the frugality game in the compact SUV segment to a whole another level with their PHEV offering. The all-electric driving range of 39 miles is enough for many for daily office commute, and although the 300 hp isn’t as exciting as it sounds on paper due to poor handling characteristics, it is still pretty agile and quick. The cabin is spacious and has plenty of technology and safety features on offer. If the high asking price does not bother you and saving mama earth is something that motivates you, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is one of the best bets you can have at this price point in this segment. 

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