2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime vs 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

How are the RAV4 Prime and RAV4 Hybrid different?

What’s the difference between the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime and RAV4 Hybrid?

If you have been keeping up with the latest Toyota news, chances are good that you’ve heard about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. It’s an all-new plug-in hybrid variation of the RAV4 that also happens to be the quickest and most powerful RAV4 to date. But the RAV4 Prime joins the existing RAV4 Hybrid as part of the stellar RAV4 lineup, so what’s the difference between the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime and RAV4 Hybrid? Read ahead for a comparison of the two vehicles. 

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2021 RAV4 Prime vs 2021 RAV4 Hybrid 

2021 RAV4 Primevs2021 RAV4 Hybrid
$38,100Starting MSRP$28,500
Two (SE, XSE)TrimsFive (LE, XLE, XLE Premium, XSE, Limited)
Hybrid Mode: 40 City MPG / 36 Hwy MPG / 38 Combined MPG



Electric: 94 Combined MPGe
Maximum Fuel Economy41 City MPG / 38 Hwy MPG / 40 Combined MPG
302 Net Combined HorsepowerMaximum Horsepower219 Net Combined Horsepower
StandardApple CarPlay® & Android Auto™Standard
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime steering wheel and dashboard
RAV4 Prime
2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid steering wheel and dashboard
RAV4 Hybrid

No matter which 2021 Toyota RAV4 you get, you’ll be climbing aboard a real star. The main differences between the 2021 RAV4 Prime and RAV4 Hybrid are the powertrains, which lead to differences in horsepower and fuel economy.  

The RAV4 Prime is equipped with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine, a potent electric motor, and a 355.2V battery, which, when working together, can hammer out 302 horsepower. That makes it the most powerful RAV4 yet. The RAV4 Prime can also be driven on pure electric power after a charge. It can be driven using just its electric powertrain for up to 42 miles, and when doing so, it gets the equivalent of 94 combined miles per gallon (MPGe). The RAV4 Hybrid gets a touch higher fuel economy with its hybrid combustion engine and electric motor powertrain, which has a 259V battery to power it up. Either way, these fuel economy and horsepower numbers are impressive in their own right!