Even as fuel prices continue to rise painfully, consumers’ love for SUVs has hardly budged. This is partly due to the prevalence of hybrid engines. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is one of the best examples on the market today. In fact, Consumer Reports found the RAV4 Prime to be not only the most fuel-efficient compact SUV, but also the fastest compact SUV on the market.
Is Toyota RAV4 Prime 2022 a good SUV?
Consumer Reports ranked the RAV4 Prime among the highest ranked cars of the year. From comfort to efficiency, the new RAV4 Hybrid wowed every tester to cross his path.
Toyota RAV4 Prime has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. With its power combined, the RAV4 generates 302 horsepower through a surprisingly satisfying CVT. The hybrid engine paired with an all-electric drive mode can produce up to 74 MPH, making it the most fuel-efficient compact SUV. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive. On top of having an excellent powertrain, the RAV4 is comfortable, reliable and safe, according to all tests.
Although fuel efficiency is a large part of Prime’s draw, there is a secondary benefit of the additional cost; Speed.
How fast is a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime?
According to Consumer Reports, the 2022 RAV4 Prime can reach 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. This makes this the fastest compact SUV on the market. In order to reach this mark, Prime uses every ounce of strength he has. However, in normal driving, CR says the Prime hardly needs to use his gas-powered engine to get around town.
Despite the spirited powertrain, the Toyota RAV4 Prime 2022 was not designed to be sporty. CR describes steering and suspension as “…responsive, but this isn’t a sporty-driving SUV when it comes to aggressive cornering handling.” CR also mentioned that in avoidance maneuvers, the rear end will disengage long before stability control intervenes. However, Prime has remained somewhat predictable around the cornerstones of Consumer Reports’ testing path.
How much does RAV4 Prime cost?
The 2022 RAV4 Prime starts at $40,300 and goes up to about $43,625. Given the huge price jump from other RAV4s to Prime, CR suggests customers apply to SE or XSE. The main reason for the upgrade is that the faux-leather seats are a notable step up with the higher trim.
With these top trims comes the optional 6.6 kW charger on board. While this supplement shortens charging times, CR says that with plug-in hybrids, this isn’t as beneficial as it might be on a full EV.
Prime is undoubtedly one of the best SUVs on the market, period. In terms of compact SUVs, it is the fastest and most fuel-efficient SUV. With that in mind, I think it makes sense why people are queuing up to buy one.
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