Rav4 Hybrid vs Rav4 Prime

If you're in the market for a new Toyota SUV, you may be trying to decide between the RAV4 Hybrid and the RAV4 Prime. Both of these popular models offer great fuel efficiency, tech features, and Toyota's reputation for reliability. But there are some key differences to consider before making your purchase. In this blog post, we'll compare the Rav4 Hybrid and the Rav4 Prime so you can determine which model best fits your needs. We'll look at factors like fuel economy, performance, price, tax credits, and more.



Overview of the Toyota Rav4 Lineup

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling compact SUVs in America. For 2023, Toyota offers the RAV4 in three powertrain options:

Rav4 LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure: Powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. Available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Rav4 Hybrid: Uses a 2.5L 4-cylinder gas engine paired with electric motors. Available in LE, XLE, XSE, and Limited grades. Standard all-wheel drive.

Rav4 Prime: A plug-in hybrid with an advanced powertrain. Available in SE and XSE grades. Standard all-wheel drive.


Copeland Toyota dealerships in Brockton, Raynham, Braintree, and Watertown, have a great selection of new RAV4 models in stock. Be sure to ask about current incentives and special offers.

Fuel Economy Comparison

Fuel efficiency is one of the biggest deciding factors between the RAV4 Hybrid and Prime. Here's how they compare:

  • Rav4 Hybrid: EPA-rated 40 mpg city/38 highway/40 combined. Up to an estimated 640 miles on a full tank.
  • Rav4 Prime: EPA-rated 94 MPGe with electricity+gas. 38 mpg after battery depleted. Up to 42 miles of all-electric driving range.

The RAV4 Prime is the efficiency winner if you plug it in regularly and take advantage of the electric driving range. The Prime's mpg is similar to the standard hybrid model for longer trips after the battery is depleted.

Performance and Drivetrain

The RAV4 Prime uses a more powerful hybrid system than the regular hybrid. Key performance differences:

  • Rav4 Hybrid: 219 combined net hp. 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
  • Rav4 Prime: 302 combined net hp. 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

The Prime's instant torque from its electric motors allows for quicker acceleration. It also comes with sport-tuned suspension and drive modes for a more dynamic driving experience. The Hybrid focuses more on smooth, quiet operation.

Both models come with all-wheel drive standard for solid traction and handling. The Hybrid uses a mechanical AWD system while the Prime has advanced electronic on-demand AWD.

Pricing and Tax Credits

The RAV4 Prime costs more than the Hybrid, but buyers can use tax credits to offset the higher MSRP.

  • Rav4 Hybrid starting MSRP: $28,205
  • Rav4 Prime starting MSRP: $43,090

However, the Rav4 Prime currently qualifies for a federal tax credit up to $7,500**. There may also be additional state and local incentives available for the Prime. These credits can bring the price close to the Hybrid model.

Finding the Best Deal

With high demand for both the RAV4 Hybrid and Prime, it helps to shop around for the best deal. Here are some tips:

Check pricing at Copeland Toyota dealerships in Brockton, Raynham, Braintree, and Watertown. Shop their current new RAV4 inventory online.

Ask about current incentives and special offers which can lower the price. Toyota often runs customer cash, special financing, and lease deals on the RAV4 lineup.

Get trade-in value on your current vehicle. With used car prices high right now, it's a good time to get top dollar selling or trading in to a dealer like Copeland Toyota.

No matter which RAV4 model you choose, watch for Copeland Toyota's monthly specials for the best possible deal. Their volume sales and high customer satisfaction ratings mean you can shop smart and drive away in your exciting new Toyota SUV.

August 17, 2023
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