Toyota announced specific prices for its upcoming RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid SUV that was a surprise to consumers but still received an EPA rating.
Today, the EPA released its assessment of RAV4 Prime’s fuel economy.
The OVERALL EPA rating of the RAV4 Prime is 94MPGE, in line with Toyota’s official design goals and about 6MPG lower than the Ford Escape Hybrid, which is twice as efficient and more fuel efficient.
In addition, the RAV4 Prime has a range of about 42 miles, higher than the Escape PHEV4 and beyond the Japanese automaker’s and Ford’s forecasts.
On the engine side, the RAV4 Prime with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-Cycle I4 gas engine gets 38 MPG, slightly less than the Escape.
The new RAV4 Prime offers 302 horsepower, more than most hybrid cars because of the all-wheel drive setting. The entry-level model costs $39,220, including shipping to the destination. The whole car comes with an electric driving seat, a boot and an eight-inch infotainment screen.
The XSE, with its larger wheels, wireless charging, sunroof and synthetic leather seats, costs $42,545. Both are available with a 6.6kwh charger, keyless start, front seat ventilation, and a viewing camera for $5,760.
The new model will be available to Toyota in the summer of 2020.
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