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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Frank Coffey
Frank Coffey Pirms 21 Stundas
This one will be great for the buyers that had the old V6 model and remember that "more than enough" performance. Many buyers stopped buying the RAV4 when that option went away.
James Nabors
James Nabors Pirms dienas
The exterior is a bit too muscular looking, and the interior too dated and clunky for a 2021 car.
Avery Holmes
Avery Holmes Pirms 3 dienām
Scripps Poway Parkway Doug Scores
Jay Cho
Jay Cho Pirms 4 dienām
I wonder what he smokes before he does these videos...
bill brandon
bill brandon Pirms 4 dienām
this is the only guy ive seen wearing twot shirts....ive been doing this since 2003 and i am picky about them.....quirky!
Joel Aquino
Joel Aquino Pirms 8 dienām
hey, Doug can you do a video about the original vw bug from the 60s-70s pretty please!!!
Elasmotherium Pirms 8 dienām
“Acceleration from 0 to 60 is 5.7 seconds” (faster than almost any SUV in its category) *proceeds to give it a 4/10*
Trey Marks
Trey Marks Pirms 9 dienām
I hope we'll get a review of the new Lexus NX hybrid!
Ed Pirms 9 dienām
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.
Grumpy Robin
Grumpy Robin Pirms 9 dienām
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,
JC Hernandez
JC Hernandez Pirms 9 dienām
Maybe he should stick to reviewing high end exotics. Leave the normal cars to the rest of us.
americanv8ss Pirms 11 dienām
No gas struts for the hood? What the actual f***?
TWARDOWSKY Pirms 12 dienām
What is the remote pilot A/C radio range?
TWARDOWSKY Pirms 12 dienām
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?
DanY* Pirms 13 dienām
Why does this dude seem like hes abouto burst out laughing ... Like at any moment
The Blog Of Tech
The Blog Of Tech Pirms 13 dienām
I think the Rav4 has a sick look. No way that look is only worth a 3 out of 10. Like, cmon lol.
Dinçer Pirms 13 dienām
İ think it is not second fastest toyota , yaris gr faster than this car
David Gapp
David Gapp Pirms 16 dienām
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).
Matthew Cheung
Matthew Cheung Pirms 17 dienām
Any thoughts on the SE vs. XSE?
Bruce Denis
Bruce Denis Pirms 17 dienām
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.
5KFCR Home
5KFCR Home Pirms 17 dienām
I want the Lexus version of this, I will be the first one in line to buy the Lexus.
Remi Ramos
Remi Ramos Pirms 18 dienām
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.
Matt Geans
Matt Geans Pirms 20 dienām
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.
Adrian Castellanos
Adrian Castellanos Pirms 20 dienām
Didnt they make a fast hybrid highlander in like 2005?
Tobias Rieper
Tobias Rieper Pirms 21 dienas
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.
Travis Jones
Travis Jones Pirms 22 dienām
Doug must’ve forgotten ab the 6 cylinder Camry (new one w quad exhaust)
Sarah Jane Gatcho
Sarah Jane Gatcho Pirms 22 dienām
What can you say about the moose test thing?
Robert M
Robert M Pirms 24 dienām
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...
Zach Jensen
Zach Jensen Pirms 19 dienām
Dealers in Colorado are charging 5-15k over MSRP
brutusmaximumus Pirms 20 dienām
@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.
Massa Koné
Massa Koné Pirms 24 dienām
For how much ? I heard dealers are overcharging for these.
legin makez
legin makez Pirms 25 dienām
toyota is and has been confused for a while now
legin makez
legin makez Pirms 25 dienām
can you finally "rap for, to push a fucking rav four"?
dot gov
dot gov Pirms 25 dienām
You need to do a review of Cnc motors lol
Jer Cal
Jer Cal Pirms dienas
You haven't heard something bad about CNC Motors?
teampullmyfinger Pirms 25 dienām
the car is filthy, maybe wash and vacuum pre filming?
J Spence
J Spence Pirms 26 dienām
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!?
Erik Penabella
Erik Penabella Pirms 27 dienām
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
Bad Hombre
Bad Hombre Pirms 27 dienām
What a sweet vehicle! Looks amazing too!!
The J Pinder
The J Pinder Pirms 28 dienām
do the jeep wrangler XE!!!
P A Pirms 29 dienām
Dougs clearly not a Toyota guy.
Jer Cal
Jer Cal Pirms 19 dienām
His past or previous Toyota car reviews are mostly biased
David Gapp
David Gapp Pirms 29 dienām
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.
Breadst1x Pirms Mēneša
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
Breadst1x Pirms 29 dienām
@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
Mechannel Pirms 29 dienām
Keep trying. I bought a new one off the lot at MSRP.
Kevin Pirms Mēneša
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.
Myname Isunavailable
Myname Isunavailable Pirms Mēneša
Seems like a great do it all car, if you do not plan to take it to a track and serious off road.
Jericho Salazar
Jericho Salazar Pirms Mēneša
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 Salazar
Jericho Salazar Pirms 28 dienām
@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.
Devin Bartley
Devin Bartley Pirms 28 dienām
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.
DonnieTheSportsGuy Pirms Mēneša
Quick not fast
Jose De Mendoca
Jose De Mendoca Pirms Mēneša
Toyota rules in one simple word durabilaty,it's easy to undetstand,thank you,take care stay safe everyone.
Ed Hayes
Ed Hayes Pirms Mēneša
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
Dr. Ray
Dr. Ray Pirms Mēneša
"Strange patterns" 😂😂😂😂😂 Oh Doug....
Thionta Buckner
Thionta Buckner Pirms Mēneša
Ugh I want a RAV4 Prime! I have the XLE Premium version
Bassam salim
Bassam salim Pirms Mēneša
My uncle is one of the biggest car guys here, he has the coolest car in the street, a 2016 rav4 se
Don't agree with this review. You forget TOYOTA durability and reliability. Gotta count for something
James Fink
James Fink Pirms Mēneša
Toyota did much the same thing with the old v-6: 270hp and almost sporty handling.
Carpathian Pirms Mēneša
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.
Jericho Salazar
Jericho Salazar Pirms Mēneša
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.
Anand T
Anand T Pirms Mēneša
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 😂 💔
Design Plug
Design Plug Pirms Mēneša
This drive train in a prius
Chuck de Ruyter
Chuck de Ruyter Pirms Mēneša
Dealers are gouging customers anywhere from 3-10k on the RAV4PRIME no thanks.
Electric Midnight
Electric Midnight Pirms Mēneša
*_Technically it IS the fastest PURE Toyota_*
Jonny Nobody
Jonny Nobody Pirms Mēneša
But why is Prius Prime so slow then?
johnwjeromejr Pirms Mēneša
Even though Doug describes the Rav4 Prime as "shockingly fast," he rates its acceleration a shockingly low 4.
Sunbir Gill
Sunbir Gill Pirms Mēneša
Isn’t the V6 Camry faster?
Carl Huard
Carl Huard Pirms Mēneša
Boring review and reviewer I give a 2 out of 10
Jer Cal
Jer Cal Pirms 19 dienām
He sucks reviewing Japanese cars these days
Koji Waki
Koji Waki Pirms Mēneša
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.
Tony Pirms Mēneša
Can Toyota make vehicle uglier?
Jon C
Jon C Pirms Mēneša
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.
bruce wayne
bruce wayne Pirms Mēneša
is it weird that as a car guy i like this a lot ?
Ram Bo
Ram Bo Pirms Mēneša
I'm trading in my Cruz......wait what is a Cruz....never seen one on the road.
j six
j six Pirms Mēneša
rav4 v6 trd. now.
explanoit Pirms Mēneša
This literally just convinced me to buy a RAV4 Prime as my car next month. Toyota should listen to Doug.
Sean Thomas
Sean Thomas Pirms Mēneša
how does a 40k+ car have screens this bad these days
Free Charles
Free Charles Pirms Mēneša
A Camry prime is gonna be 🥶
US Cars
US Cars Pirms Mēneša
Doug - You started to gesticulate bit too much, too fast...sometimes disturbing to watch the whole picture.
Saito Pirms Mēneša
Mine should be coming by the end of this week, hella pumped
Hose2wAcKiEr Pirms 19 dienām
@David Gapp the 2020 RAV4 looks pretty damn good. It's like a Acura and Jeep Cherokee in one. I see nothing wrong...
brutusmaximumus Pirms 20 dienām
Just ordered mine today, 3-4 months :(
David Gapp
David Gapp Pirms 29 dienām
@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.
Thionta Buckner
Thionta Buckner Pirms Mēneša
I want one! I haver the XLE premium version
Bigbaby63 Pirms Mēneša
Man, some of those scores were looooowww. Well either way the proof is in the sales and right now it is selling pretty gooood.
Igor Adriano
Igor Adriano Pirms Mēneša
U like the RAV4 I'm like the aventador
Soraw Fatt
Soraw Fatt Pirms Mēneša
Technically its Toyotas fastest car since BMW makes the Supra..
Gandalf The White
Gandalf The White Pirms Mēneša
Idk.. i feel like most car enthusiasts own and drive toyota products. as well as their other toy cars that go fast.
Chief Beef
Chief Beef Pirms Mēneša
They’re super reliable they make great daily drivers
D Ha
D Ha Pirms Mēneša
Damn, this thing is faster than my GTI.
Sideways Obama
Sideways Obama Pirms Mēneša
Best of both worlds, you can plug and pump. Why we no focus on this.
Sideways Obama
Sideways Obama Pirms Mēneša
This is literally the xxl version of the prius c
Sideways Obama
Sideways Obama Pirms Mēneša
Calling it now Ps6 controller on cars
Trob-Repent-Robinson Pirms Mēneša
Waiting on the kia stinger 2022 video
Flying'N'Driving Pirms Mēneša
0:14 it's the fastest vehicle toyota makes, unless you count rebadging a bmw "making" a car
Mike Foehr
Mike Foehr Pirms Mēneša
If Toyota comes out with TT 3.5 Tundra next year it will make the Prime look 🐌ish.
Julien Aziza
Julien Aziza Pirms Mēneša
Choose wisely: 30k for a car. Of 30x airplane trips of 1000 dollars
Julien Aziza
Julien Aziza Pirms Mēneša
In europe we shift without the tachometer. We just feel when its time for it based on how the engine sounds like.
Sedzani Thilivhali
Sedzani Thilivhali Pirms Mēneša
You know your car is spacious if it can fit Doug in the back with the front seat in his driving position
Lekcheto Pirms Mēneša
Redline Reviews bought this one
Pedro Montes
Pedro Montes Pirms Mēneša
For it not being "cool" I guarantee it will outlast any cool looking car...
CAYMAN987 Pirms Mēneša
Changing car colors in lighting or display is just stupid.. no wonder new cars are stupid expensive
CAYMAN987 Pirms Mēneša
Tear the stupid screen out with a lug wrench..
CAYMAN987 Pirms Mēneša
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.
James Davis
James Davis Pirms Mēneša
My 2021 Avalon XSE is faster
Im2bz2p345 Pirms Mēneša
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.
ACE - Cole Jensen
ACE - Cole Jensen Pirms 26 dienām
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.
Benjamin Malave Jr.
Benjamin Malave Jr. Pirms Mēneša
Doug's the type of guy to refer to the 80s as 'modern' so he doesn't feel old.
piuthemagicman Pirms Mēneša
He's born in the 90's :)
Garrett Bentley
Garrett Bentley Pirms Mēneša
Doug's the type of guy to describe the Rav4 steering as "Rav4-y"
Bonzo Pirms Mēneša
Take a shot everytime he says *frankly*
Deep Blue2
Deep Blue2 Pirms Mēneša
5.7 secs is second fastest? Good god that’s terrible.
Ernest Barrios
Ernest Barrios Pirms Mēneša
If Doug was a teacher I would have drop his class. He is one tough grader.
Glen Ashton
Glen Ashton Pirms Mēneša
The 2.0 Supra and GR Yaris are faster than this, or at least the UK specs are... Impressive stats from this thing though
Gabe Beamon
Gabe Beamon Pirms Mēneša
we need the jeep wrangler 4XE
TOBOR Pirms Mēneša
"Shockingly fast!" "2nd fastest car Toyota makes!" Top Speed: 120mph LOL It's quick. It's not fast. There's a big difference.
Jakob Harris
Jakob Harris Pirms Mēneša
You should do the Ford C-Max
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