Is the Toyota RAV4 Prime an EV?

For anyone who has checked out a Toyota RAV4, a car salesman has probably also asked if you’re interested in the standard RAV4, the RAV4 Hybrid, or the RAV4 Prime. What’s the difference between these RAV4 models, and is the Toyota RAV4 Prime an EV (electric vehicle)? Well, the answer is yes and no, so we’ll explain what the RAV4 Prime is and why it should be on your radar.

Toyota RAV4 Prime specs and features

A promotional shot of a red 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) side and rear
2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime comes equipped with a 2.5 L, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine, which generates 177 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque. Two electric engines generate 179 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, and one in the back generates 52 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque. According to Consumer Reports, this gives the RAV4 Prime a combined horsepower rating of 302, which helps it accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds.