Toyota hybrids have come a long way from the original Prius, and this growth is most evident in the 2022 RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid compact SUVs. These electrified vehicles offer the same practicality and roominess as a standard RAV4, but add one of two fuel-efficient powertrains available. Both are faster than the non-hybrid RAV4, most notably the Prime, which even beat the four-cylinder variant of Toyota’s Supra sports car in our 5- to 60-mph roll-start acceleration test. The handling of the RAV4 is surpassed by rivals as the hybrid versions of the Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson, and its high starting price of around $ 30,000 doesn’t include much more than basic features.
What’s new for 2022?
A new mid-range SE trim joins the RAV4 Hybrid range for 2022 and sits between the XLE Premium and XSE models. It features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, fabric seats and a six-speaker stereo, but can be optional with the convenience package that adds a sunroof, electric tailgate and larger 9-inch screen. 0 inch. All but the base LE upholstery receive new, more aggressively styled headlights while a new wheel design is offered on the XLE Premium, Limited and XSE models. Calvary Blue joins the palette of available colors.
Price and which one to buy
If you can qualify for $ 7500 tax credit for electric vehicles, the RAV4 Prime is a breeze, as the government’s financial incentive substantially reduces its price – and you get a RAV4 with more power and significant electric-only driving range. Of the two main models, the XSE comes with more standard features, including 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, and an infotainment system with a larger 9.0-inch display. If you don’t qualify for the tax credit, we recommend the XLE Hybrid, which offers more standard equipment than the base LE without suffering much of a price increase. Buyers of the XLE will appreciate amenities such as passive keyless entry, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, LED headlamps with automatic high beams, heated exterior mirrors, blind spot monitoring and front fog lights.
Engine, transmission and performance
The RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine assisted by two electric motors for a combined output of 219 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard: one of the electric motors powers the rear wheels and the second motor and petrol engine drive the front, as does a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Not only is the RAV4 Hybrid more efficient than the non-electrified model, it is also faster. It broke a Time of 7.4 seconds at 60 mph in our hands while the gas only model needed 8.0 seconds to perform the same task. Drivers will feel it too, particularly in the city, where the electric motor’s gratifying immediate power delivery gives it an extra boost when starting from a stop. If you want even more performance, the Prime model is happy to oblige. In our tests, the RAV4 Prime went to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. Like the standard RAV4, the handling of the Hybrid and Prime models is competent and its driving is comfortable, but don’t expect any cornering heroism here.
Autonomy, recharge and battery life
The RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid stores its electrons in an 18.1 kWh battery pack, and the EPA rates its electric-only driving range at 42 miles. In our tests, we managed to drive 32 miles on electricity alone, but on the highway; we would expect a longer driving range in town. A 3.3 kWh on-board charger is standard and a 6.6 kWh charger is optional on the Prime XSE; reduces charging time to just 2.5 hours on a 240 volt outlet. If only a 120-volt outlet is available, expect charging times to be around 12 hours.
Real world fuel economy and MPG
Compared to a gas-powered all-wheel drive RAV4, the hybrid model is much more efficient. The EPA estimates it will reach 41mpg in the city, 38mpg on the highway and 40mpg combined, beating the regular RAV4 by 14mpg, 5mpg and 11mpg, respectively. When we tested the RAV4 Hybrid on our 200-mile highway fuel economy route, it delivered 37mpg, 1mpg lower than its EPA rating. The Prime earns a combined EPA rating of 94 MPGe and delivered 73 MPGe during our highway fuel economy test. For more information on the fuel economy of the RAV4 Hybrid, please visit the EPA website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
The cabin of the RAV4 Hybrid is well built and well equipped, but favors practicality over style. With a plethora of bins and bins to choose from, you’ll have ample space to store small loads, and all buttons and controls are easy to find and use. Toyota introduces many subtleties at the entry level, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilting and telescopic steering wheel, and a height-adjustable false floor in the cargo area. Climbing the trim level ladder brings luxury features like heated front and rear seats, ambient interior lighting, and updated faux leather upholstery that Toyota calls SofTex. The RAV4 Hybrid offers the same cargo and passenger space as the regular RAV4 and, in our tests, we managed to fit 10 carry-on bags behind the second row and 22 with the rear seat folded down.
Infotainment and connectivity
The LE and XLE models feature a 7.0-inch infotainment display that pops out of the dashboard, while the XSE and Limited models provide an 8.0-inch screen. The larger display is available on the XLE model as part of the Audio Plus package. RAV4 Prime models are equipped with an 8.0 or 9.0 inch display. Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard. Navigation and an 11-speaker JBL stereo system are available on the XSE and standard on the Limited. Otherwise, you’ll get a six speaker system.
Driving assistance and safety functions
Toyota has been an aggressive adoption of driving assistance functions and offers many of these standards across the RAV4 range. For more information on the RAV4 Hybrid crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) Web sites. The main safety features include:
- Automated emergency braking as standard with pedestrian detection
- Standard Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive cruise control as standard
Warranty and maintenance coverage
All RAV4s come with a full warranty that matches those provided by rivals Honda Other Nissan, but the electrified models come with a long protection plan for their hybrid components. Far from the norm, Toyota’s free scheduled maintenance policy extends for two years or 25,000 miles.
- The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- The Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- The hybrid parts warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
- Free maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles