The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is a Shockingly Fast (and Efficient!) Crossover


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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime review! The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is surprisingly fast -- and efficient! Today I'm reviewing the RAV4 Prime, and I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of the plug-in hybrid RAV4. I'm also going to drive the RAV4 Prime and show you what it's like on the road.


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  • I wonder what he smokes before he does these videos...

    Jay ChoJay Cho2 цагийн өмнө
  • this is the only guy ive seen wearing twot shirts....ive been doing this since 2003 and i am picky about them.....quirky!

    bill brandonbill brandon11 цагийн өмнө
  • hey, Doug can you do a video about the original vw bug from the 60s-70s pretty please!!!

    Joel AquinoJoel Aquino4 өдрийн өмнө
  • “Acceleration from 0 to 60 is 5.7 seconds” (faster than almost any SUV in its category) *proceeds to give it a 4/10*

    ElasmotheriumElasmotherium4 өдрийн өмнө
  • I hope we'll get a review of the new Lexus NX hybrid!

    Trey MarksTrey Marks4 өдрийн өмнө
  • In my next of the woods, Gas prices are north of $4.00 plus and some gas stations are $5.00 a gallon. More vehicles need to be more efficient to help consumers save at the gas pumps. The difference between the RAV4 xse hybrid verses the RAV4 prime XSE is not very much with the tax rebate, and state rebates programs. In fact, it may be cheaper with the Prime.

    EdEd4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Honestly, I don't see the point in plug-ins for most countries unless electricity is much cheaper than fuel there. A plug in will wear out it's batteries faster than a regular hybrid because lithium batteries get worn out the least the closest it is to the 50% mark. If you charge your plug in each night ( the whole point of it) to 100% it will wear out much quicker. Bear in mind I am talking from the perspective of a person that likes to use cars for more than a decade. If you change your car 5-7 years don't worry about what I wrote,

    Grumpy RobinGrumpy Robin5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Maybe he should stick to reviewing high end exotics. Leave the normal cars to the rest of us.

    JC HernandezJC Hernandez5 өдрийн өмнө
  • No gas struts for the hood? What the actual f***?

    americanv8ssamericanv8ss7 өдрийн өмнө
  • What is the remote pilot A/C radio range?

  • Thx, can you please tell, unfortunately nobody can tell this, what is the fuel consumption but on full range 600miles, wenn the battery are full charged in Auto Hybrid mode? Is this the same 94mpg like by 60miles?

  • Why does this dude seem like hes abouto burst out laughing ... Like at any moment

    DanY*DanY*8 өдрийн өмнө
  • I think the Rav4 has a sick look. No way that look is only worth a 3 out of 10. Like, cmon lol.

    The Blog Of TechThe Blog Of Tech8 өдрийн өмнө
  • İ think it is not second fastest toyota , yaris gr faster than this car

    DinçerDinçer9 өдрийн өмнө
  • I've now owned my Rav4 Prime for a month. Not overwhelmed by the handling, especially the brakes. Under heavy braking the nose dives alarmingly. It feels reasonably planted on the road but there isn't much feedback from the road and you certainly feel like you're driving a heavy car. I imagine the hybrid feels a little better? Quality is excellent, but of course the Rav4 Prime is manufactured in Japan so that's to be expected. Around now (2021) most of the bugs on the Rav4 have been fixed. The transmission is noisy when you throw it in reverse - not sure if this is deliberate but it seems to be something it shares in common with the hybrid. I'm not a fan. I still do not understand why ANYONE would sell a power seat without at least 2 driver memory. On the Rav4 Hybrid or Prime it is ridiculously expensive to get this simple feature. Toyota needs to reconsider its feature packaging. Would I buy this car again? Probably. But I look forward to the day that electric cars are cheaper, can go at least 350 miles and can do at least a 90% recharge in under 5 minutes (at a charging station that does not cost 40c to 50c per kwHr).

    David GappDavid Gapp12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Any thoughts on the SE vs. XSE?

    Matthew CheungMatthew Cheung13 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's always astounding to me the useless crap these car reviewers point out in their videos. I don't give a crap for interior trims, button lights or patterns on rubber knobs. I don't even give a shit about the GUI on the screen because I go straight to Apple Carplay. I bought this car because I wanted an electric AWD that fit my family. That's exactly what I got.

    Bruce DenisBruce Denis13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I want the Lexus version of this, I will be the first one in line to buy the Lexus.

    5KFCR Home5KFCR Home13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I was annoyed every time Doug said this is the second fastest vehicle Toyota sells. "Fastest" will imply top speed. When talking about acceleration, the proper term should be "quickest". So this Rav-4 is Toyota's second quickest vehicle.

    Remi RamosRemi Ramos13 өдрийн өмнө
  • 20:29 - 'Where this car is going to be successful....'stop... Gets me in the carpool lane in California - Everything after that is just 2nd and a fringe benefit.

    Matt GeansMatt Geans15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Didnt they make a fast hybrid highlander in like 2005?

    Adrian CastellanosAdrian Castellanos16 өдрийн өмнө
  • I would love to have a RAV4 Hybrid. I don't really like the styling. I would love to have a Land Cruiser, but shrinked to the size of the RAV4. I love the design of the Land Cruiser, but its toooooooo big for usual use in Europe.

    Tobias RieperTobias Rieper17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Doug must’ve forgotten ab the 6 cylinder Camry (new one w quad exhaust)

    Travis JonesTravis Jones18 өдрийн өмнө
  • What can you say about the moose test thing?

    Sarah Jane GatchoSarah Jane Gatcho18 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thanks to Doug, because I was on the fence about the new Rav4 I am getting my New 2021 Rav4 Prime XSE in 2 weeks. Thank you Doug...

    Robert MRobert M20 өдрийн өмнө
    • Dealers in Colorado are charging 5-15k over MSRP

      Zach JensenZach Jensen15 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Massa Koné Just ordered mine today, they are definitely not giving deals, you will pay sticker plus some typical dealer "delivery" & "doc" fees, but no more than $2.5k.

      brutusmaximumusbrutusmaximumus16 өдрийн өмнө
    • For how much ? I heard dealers are overcharging for these.

      Massa KonéMassa Koné20 өдрийн өмнө
  • toyota is and has been confused for a while now

    legin makezlegin makez21 өдрийн өмнө
  • can you finally "rap for, to push a fucking rav four"?

    legin makezlegin makez21 өдрийн өмнө
  • You need to do a review of Cnc motors lol

    dot govdot gov21 өдрийн өмнө
  • the car is filthy, maybe wash and vacuum pre filming?

    teampullmyfingerteampullmyfinger21 өдрийн өмнө
  • The Ford Escape would be a better PHEV except it doesn’t have AWD for some reason. Not sure, even as a former owner, why people have such a love affair with Toyota. Get that 90s junky infotainment screen off this Rav 🤮 this is like the just announced Ford Lightening still having a whip antenna. What are these designers thinking sometimes!?

    J SpenceJ Spence22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Too bad Doug's score is not enough to move the needle and lower the selling price dealers sell this vehicle for. Impossible to get this without paying a markup of 10-20%. Sheesh

    Erik PenabellaErik Penabella22 өдрийн өмнө
  • What a sweet vehicle! Looks amazing too!!

    Bad HombreBad Hombre23 өдрийн өмнө
  • do the jeep wrangler XE!!!

    The J PinderThe J Pinder24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Dougs clearly not a Toyota guy.

    P AP A25 өдрийн өмнө
    • His past or previous Toyota car reviews are mostly biased

      Jer CalJer Cal14 өдрийн өмнө
  • I've consistently seen over 46 mile range in my Rav4 SE around town (some freeway, mostly cross-street driving). This is significantly better than Toyota's conservative 42 mile range. Caveat: the range will presumably drop with age and with mid-summer A/C (I live in Arizona). I bought this car because I live close to a city center and wanted to go electric for daily commutes, shopping and gym; both to save on gas and reduce urban pollution haze. Conversely, I didn't want range anxiety. So the stand-out range of the Rav4 Prime is a big draw. Aside from weekend trips I've managed to drive 100% electric day-to-day. And yes, I do love the burst of power the electric motors provide - especially overtaking on 2 lane roads. The other advantage to the Prime is towing capacity, which is increased from 1500lbs on the standard Rav4 Hybrid up to 2500lbs. Effectively (taking away the weight of a fold-up trailer) this doubles the payload. The handling is unremarkable but typical for this class of vehicle. Fortunately I also own several, two-seater, mid-engine sportscars to satiate my love of the driving experience. Brakes are annoying - far too much dive under heavy braking and a fair amount of bounce while doing so. In part this may be because the regen is primarily focused on the front axles, but I do think Toyota should've upgraded the suspension - preferably with electromagentic struts. I suspect this will come in the 2022 refresh. Speaking of which, if I had to buy a hybrid in the $30K to $40K range it would be the Subaru Tucson Hybrid. Toyota will need to refresh their entire Rav4 hybrid line if they wish to stay competitive with the Tucson Hybrid - it has the Rav4 beat in just about every category from engine power to real-world fuel economy to looks.

    David GappDavid Gapp25 өдрийн өмнө
  • For those curious of demand, I went to test drive one today and waited in line to do so. Fairly big city dealership only had 1 of the top trim primes in stock. The price? 13k ABOVE MSRP. Called a few other dealers and got the same answer

    Breadst1xBreadst1x26 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Mechannel I mean I still feel like waiting a year and getting 3-5 grand below MSRP is better. Just gonna wait it out. Still insane that the market is what it is right now

      Breadst1xBreadst1x25 өдрийн өмнө
    • Keep trying. I bought a new one off the lot at MSRP.

      MechannelMechannel25 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's good but it's competing with the Tesla model 3 (model y is over 50k but lower range model y may be in competition). I'll say I don't see how this is even close to Tesla. I came from a toyota tundra to a tesla and will never look back. The integration with modern tech with Tesla is incredible. If you are interested in a rav4 prime I highly suggest at least test driving and researching a Tesla.

    KevinKevin26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Seems like a great do it all car, if you do not plan to take it to a track and serious off road.

    Myname IsunavailableMyname Isunavailable26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Trying to convince my mom to get this since she has a Prius Prime I can tell she hates. She loves driving my Bronco Sport but pretty much needs a hybrid for her daily commute. I think if I can convince her to get this and her husband an F-150 Lightning they can get what they want and still have the fuel efficiency (or no need for fuel). Living in CA as well so gas ain't cheap.

    Jericho SalazarJericho Salazar27 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Devin Bartley she doesn't "hate it" but says its not as fun as her old mini since its super utilitarian. Stuff like the interiors and the sound system.

      Jericho SalazarJericho Salazar24 өдрийн өмнө
    • Why does she hate the Prius Prime? Thats my dream car - probably the lowest cost of ownership vehicle that exists. Plus you can camp in the back of it and its incredibly reliable.

      Devin BartleyDevin Bartley24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Quick not fast

    DonnieTheSportsGuyDonnieTheSportsGuy28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Toyota rules in one simple word durabilaty,it's easy to undetstand,thank you,take care stay safe everyone.

    Jose De MendocaJose De Mendoca29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Clearly Doug does not appreciate why Toyota focuses on boring things like dependability, reliability and quality, which seem not to do well on his "Doug Score"... He also missed the point of the squared off and more rugged design, just like the bigger rubber wrapped dials all of this is focused on making the vehicle more acceptable to male buyers... The "Bird's Eye View" camera is meant as a practical device to show you what is next to your vehicle, its not a channel to watch for its video quality... Go back to your forte of reviewing irrelevant 30 plus year old vehicles

    Ed HayesEd HayesСарын өмнө
  • "Strange patterns" 😂😂😂😂😂 Oh Doug....

    Dr. RayDr. RayСарын өмнө
  • Ugh I want a RAV4 Prime! I have the XLE Premium version

    Thionta BucknerThionta BucknerСарын өмнө
  • My uncle is one of the biggest car guys here, he has the coolest car in the street, a 2016 rav4 se

    Bassam salimBassam salimСарын өмнө
  • Don't agree with this review. You forget TOYOTA durability and reliability. Gotta count for something

  • Toyota did much the same thing with the old v-6: 270hp and almost sporty handling.

    James FinkJames FinkСарын өмнө
  • Toyota can keep that hybrid junk, repair nightmare and a major money pit when something goes wrong after its warranty expires. Can toyota make a carburated non computer controlled car? I'd be all over that, till then or never I'll keep buying old trucks.

    CarpathianCarpathianСарын өмнө
    • Honestly my uncle has a Prius C. And I know for sure the gas he saves gets negated by the costly repairs that happens to it.

      Jericho SalazarJericho Salazar27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wow..those low scores!! Come on man 🤣 you got to be joking. I was seriously waiting for you to say those aren't real numbers 😂 💔

    Anand TAnand TСарын өмнө
  • This drive train in a prius

    Design PlugDesign PlugСарын өмнө
  • Dealers are gouging customers anywhere from 3-10k on the RAV4PRIME no thanks.

    Chuck de RuyterChuck de RuyterСарын өмнө
  • *_Technically it IS the fastest PURE Toyota_*

    Electric MidnightElectric MidnightСарын өмнө
  • But why is Prius Prime so slow then?

    Jonny NobodyJonny NobodyСарын өмнө
  • Even though Doug describes the Rav4 Prime as "shockingly fast," he rates its acceleration a shockingly low 4.

    johnwjeromejrjohnwjeromejrСарын өмнө
  • Isn’t the V6 Camry faster?

    Sunbir GillSunbir GillСарын өмнө
  • Boring review and reviewer I give a 2 out of 10

    Carl HuardCarl HuardСарын өмнө
    • He sucks reviewing Japanese cars these days

      Jer CalJer Cal14 өдрийн өмнө
  • When it comes to the type on the infotainment systems and dashboards screens. please, make them all capital letters. It is a far more clean look.

    Koji WakiKoji WakiСарын өмнө
  • Can Toyota make vehicle uglier?

    TonyTonyСарын өмнө
  • You could just have said "This is the fastest car Toyota makes." You know, because the "Toyota" Supra isn't a Toyota at all, it's BMW junk.

    Jon CJon CСарын өмнө
  • is it weird that as a car guy i like this a lot ?

    bruce waynebruce wayneСарын өмнө
  • I'm trading in my Cruz......wait what is a Cruz....never seen one on the road.

    Ram BoRam BoСарын өмнө
  • rav4 v6 trd. now.

    j sixj sixСарын өмнө
  • This literally just convinced me to buy a RAV4 Prime as my car next month. Toyota should listen to Doug.

    explanoitexplanoitСарын өмнө
  • how does a 40k+ car have screens this bad these days

    Sean ThomasSean ThomasСарын өмнө
  • A Camry prime is gonna be 🥶

    Free CharlesFree CharlesСарын өмнө
  • Doug - You started to gesticulate bit too much, too fast...sometimes disturbing to watch the whole picture.

    US CarsUS CarsСарын өмнө
  • Mine should be coming by the end of this week, hella pumped

    SaitoSaitoСарын өмнө
    • @David Gapp the 2020 RAV4 looks pretty damn good. It's like a Acura and Jeep Cherokee in one. I see nothing wrong...

      Hose2wAcKiErHose2wAcKiEr15 өдрийн өмнө
    • Just ordered mine today, 3-4 months :(

      brutusmaximumusbrutusmaximumus16 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Thionta Buckner I looked at the premium because I wanted the seat memory. But by the time I'd factored in the necessary packages, and taking into account the $7500 tax credit, the actual cost of the Rav4 Prime was lower than the XLE premium. The Premium does handle and brake better than the Prime however. Not enough was done on the Prime's engineering to compensate for the extra weight. If I were buying a hybrid cross-over tomorrow it would be the new Subaru Tucson Hybrid. The Rav4 needs a significant engineering and styling refresh to stay competitive.

      David GappDavid Gapp25 өдрийн өмнө
    • I want one! I haver the XLE premium version

      Thionta BucknerThionta BucknerСарын өмнө
  • Man, some of those scores were looooowww. Well either way the proof is in the sales and right now it is selling pretty gooood.

    Bigbaby63Bigbaby63Сарын өмнө
  • U like the RAV4 I'm like the aventador

    Igor AdrianoIgor AdrianoСарын өмнө
  • Technically its Toyotas fastest car since BMW makes the Supra..

    Soraw FattSoraw FattСарын өмнө
  • Idk.. i feel like most car enthusiasts own and drive toyota products. as well as their other toy cars that go fast.

    Gandalf The WhiteGandalf The WhiteСарын өмнө
    • They’re super reliable they make great daily drivers

      Chief BeefChief BeefСарын өмнө
  • Damn, this thing is faster than my GTI.

    D HaD HaСарын өмнө
  • Best of both worlds, you can plug and pump. Why we no focus on this.

    Sideways ObamaSideways ObamaСарын өмнө
  • This is literally the xxl version of the prius c

    Sideways ObamaSideways ObamaСарын өмнө
  • Calling it now Ps6 controller on cars

    Sideways ObamaSideways ObamaСарын өмнө
  • Waiting on the kia stinger 2022 video

    Trob-Repent-RobinsonTrob-Repent-RobinsonСарын өмнө
  • 0:14 it's the fastest vehicle toyota makes, unless you count rebadging a bmw "making" a car

    Flying'N'DrivingFlying'N'DrivingСарын өмнө
  • If Toyota comes out with TT 3.5 Tundra next year it will make the Prime look 🐌ish.

    Mike FoehrMike FoehrСарын өмнө
  • Choose wisely: 30k for a car. Of 30x airplane trips of 1000 dollars

    Julien AzizaJulien AzizaСарын өмнө
  • In europe we shift without the tachometer. We just feel when its time for it based on how the engine sounds like.

    Julien AzizaJulien AzizaСарын өмнө
  • You know your car is spacious if it can fit Doug in the back with the front seat in his driving position

    Sedzani ThilivhaliSedzani ThilivhaliСарын өмнө
  • Redline Reviews bought this one

    LekchetoLekchetoСарын өмнө
  • For it not being "cool" I guarantee it will outlast any cool looking car...

    Pedro MontesPedro MontesСарын өмнө
  • Changing car colors in lighting or display is just stupid.. no wonder new cars are stupid expensive

    CAYMAN987CAYMAN987Сарын өмнө
  • Tear the stupid screen out with a lug wrench..

    CAYMAN987CAYMAN987Сарын өмнө
  • In a transmission.. manual is not a mode.. its the type of transmission you should have. In a few years stupid people wont understand that a manual transmission has a clutch .. and they would be helpless to drive it.

    CAYMAN987CAYMAN987Сарын өмнө
  • My 2021 Avalon XSE is faster

    James DavisJames DavisСарын өмнө
  • 21:22 - A 4300lb mid-size SUV that does 0-60 in 5.7 sec (2nd fastest Toyota ever built) and it gets a 4 of 10 Doug score? Whatttt?!? lol. Perfect display of how arbitrary the score is.

    Im2bz2p345Im2bz2p345Сарын өмнө
    • Dude, he drives many cars with 0-60 times of less than 3 seconds. 5.7 isn't that fast and a 4 is a perfectly valid ranking.

      ACE - Cole JensenACE - Cole Jensen22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Doug's the type of guy to refer to the 80s as 'modern' so he doesn't feel old.

    Benjamin Malave Jr.Benjamin Malave Jr.Сарын өмнө
    • He's born in the 90's :)

      piuthemagicmanpiuthemagicman27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Doug's the type of guy to describe the Rav4 steering as "Rav4-y"

    Garrett BentleyGarrett BentleyСарын өмнө
  • Take a shot everytime he says *frankly*

    BonzoBonzoСарын өмнө
  • 5.7 secs is second fastest? Good god that’s terrible.

    Deep Blue2Deep Blue2Сарын өмнө
  • If Doug was a teacher I would have drop his class. He is one tough grader.

    Ernest BarriosErnest BarriosСарын өмнө
  • The 2.0 Supra and GR Yaris are faster than this, or at least the UK specs are... Impressive stats from this thing though

    Glen AshtonGlen AshtonСарын өмнө
  • we need the jeep wrangler 4XE

    Gabe BeamonGabe BeamonСарын өмнө
  • "Shockingly fast!" "2nd fastest car Toyota makes!" Top Speed: 120mph LOL It's quick. It's not fast. There's a big difference.

    TOBORTOBORСарын өмнө
  • You should do the Ford C-Max

    Jakob HarrisJakob HarrisСарын өмнө
  • 2:31 why not just say performance😂

    Fiat MultiplaFiat MultiplaСарын өмнө
  • I think the buyers of RAV4 want most of all practicality and not something to show off. 🤔

    Vesa LampinenVesa LampinenСарын өмнө
  • Can you do the 2021 Nissan Rogue

    Alex SeguraAlex SeguraСарын өмнө