Is the Toyota RAV4 Prime Bigger Than the RAV4 Hybrid? | MotorBiscuit

When you buy a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), you’re usually buying a vehicle a bit bigger than its purely gas-guzzling counterpart. HEVs must make room for the gasoline engine, motor (or motors), and the electric battery that power the vehicle. However, what about a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)? PHEVs typically have a larger battery than hybrids, allowing them to travel a longer distance on pure battery power. Additionally, a PHEV needs room for an onboard charger and an inverter, among other components. One might naturally think that the PHEV would be the larger vehicle, but, as with the Toyota RAV4 Prime (a PHEV) and the RAV4 Hybrid, this is not always the case.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV SUV | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

With a wheelbase of 105.9 inches and a total length of 181 inches, the RAV4 Prime is the kind of vehicle prospective buyers looking for cargo room need. The standard RAV4 Prime comes with a 2.5-liter I-4 engine, AWD, 17-inch wheels, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It produces 302 horsepower and has a 42-mile electric-only range and a 600-mile total driving range. 

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