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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  1. Elasmotherium
    58 րոպե առաջ

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

  2. Trey Marks
    Trey Marks
    6 ժամ առաջ

    I hope we'll get a review of the new Lexus NX hybrid!

  3. Ed
    10 ժամ առաջ

    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.

  4. Grumpy Robin
    Grumpy Robin
    14 ժամ առաջ

    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,

  5. JC Hernandez
    JC Hernandez
    19 ժամ առաջ

    Maybe he should stick to reviewing high end exotics. Leave the normal cars to the rest of us.

  6. americanv8ss
    3 օր առաջ

    No gas struts for the hood? What the actual f***?

    4 օր առաջ

    What is the remote pilot A/C radio range?

    4 օր առաջ

    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?

  9. DanY*
    4 օր առաջ

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

  10. The Blog Of Tech
    The Blog Of Tech
    4 օր առաջ

    I think the Rav4 has a sick look. No way that look is only worth a 3 out of 10. Like, cmon lol.

  11. Dinçer
    4 օր առաջ

    İ think it is not second fastest toyota , yaris gr faster than this car

  12. David Gapp
    David Gapp
    8 օր առաջ

    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).

  13. Matthew Cheung
    Matthew Cheung
    8 օր առաջ

    Any thoughts on the SE vs. XSE?

  14. Bruce Denis
    Bruce Denis
    9 օր առաջ

    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.

  15. 5KFCR Home
    5KFCR Home
    9 օր առաջ

    I want the Lexus version of this, I will be the first one in line to buy the Lexus.

  16. Remi Ramos
    Remi Ramos
    9 օր առաջ

    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.

  17. Matt Geans
    Matt Geans
    11 օր առաջ

    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.

  18. Adrian Castellanos
    Adrian Castellanos
    12 օր առաջ

    Didnt they make a fast hybrid highlander in like 2005?

  19. Tobias Rieper
    Tobias Rieper
    13 օր առաջ

    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.

  20. Travis Jones
    Travis Jones
    13 օր առաջ

    Doug must’ve forgotten ab the 6 cylinder Camry (new one w quad exhaust)

  21. Sarah Jane Gatcho
    Sarah Jane Gatcho
    13 օր առաջ

    What can you say about the moose test thing?

  22. Robert M
    Robert M
    16 օր առաջ

    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...

    1. Zach Jensen
      Zach Jensen
      10 օր առաջ

      Dealers in Colorado are charging 5-15k over MSRP

    2. brutusmaximumus
      11 օր առաջ

      @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.

    3. Massa Koné
      Massa Koné
      15 օր առաջ

      For how much ? I heard dealers are overcharging for these.

  23. legin makez
    legin makez
    16 օր առաջ

    toyota is and has been confused for a while now

  24. legin makez
    legin makez
    16 օր առաջ

    can you finally "rap for, to push a fucking rav four"?

  25. dot gov
    dot gov
    16 օր առաջ

    You need to do a review of Cnc motors lol

  26. teampullmyfinger
    17 օր առաջ

    the car is filthy, maybe wash and vacuum pre filming?

  27. J Spence
    J Spence
    17 օր առաջ

    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!?

  28. Erik Penabella
    Erik Penabella
    18 օր առաջ

    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

  29. Bad Hombre
    Bad Hombre
    18 օր առաջ

    What a sweet vehicle! Looks amazing too!!

  30. The J Pinder
    The J Pinder
    20 օր առաջ

    do the jeep wrangler XE!!!

  31. P A
    P A
    20 օր առաջ

    Dougs clearly not a Toyota guy.

    1. Jer Cal
      Jer Cal
      10 օր առաջ

      His past or previous Toyota car reviews are mostly biased

  32. David Gapp
    David Gapp
    21 օր առաջ

    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.

  33. Breadst1x
    21 օր առաջ

    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

    1. Breadst1x
      21 օր առաջ

      @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

    2. Mechannel
      21 օր առաջ

      Keep trying. I bought a new one off the lot at MSRP.

  34. Kevin
    21 օր առաջ

    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.

  35. Myname Isunavailable
    Myname Isunavailable
    22 օր առաջ

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

  36. Jericho Salazar
    Jericho Salazar
    22 օր առաջ

    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.

    1. Jericho Salazar
      Jericho Salazar
      20 օր առաջ

      @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.

    2. Devin Bartley
      Devin Bartley
      20 օր առաջ

      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.

  37. DonnieTheSportsGuy
    23 օր առաջ

    Quick not fast

  38. Jose De Mendoca
    Jose De Mendoca
    25 օր առաջ

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

  39. Ed Hayes
    Ed Hayes
    25 օր առաջ

    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

  40. Dr. Ray
    Dr. Ray
    25 օր առաջ

    "Strange patterns" 😂😂😂😂😂 Oh Doug....

  41. Thionta Buckner
    Thionta Buckner
    26 օր առաջ

    Ugh I want a RAV4 Prime! I have the XLE Premium version

  42. Bassam salim
    Bassam salim
    26 օր առաջ

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

    26 օր առաջ

    Don't agree with this review. You forget TOYOTA durability and reliability. Gotta count for something

  44. James Fink
    James Fink
    26 օր առաջ

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

  45. Carpathian
    26 օր առաջ

    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.

    1. Jericho Salazar
      Jericho Salazar
      22 օր առաջ

      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.

  46. Anand T
    Anand T
    26 օր առաջ

    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 😂 💔

  47. Design Plug
    Design Plug
    26 օր առաջ

    This drive train in a prius

  48. Chuck de Ruyter
    Chuck de Ruyter
    26 օր առաջ

    Dealers are gouging customers anywhere from 3-10k on the RAV4PRIME no thanks.

  49. Electric Midnight
    Electric Midnight
    27 օր առաջ

    *_Technically it IS the fastest PURE Toyota_*

  50. Jonny Nobody
    Jonny Nobody
    27 օր առաջ

    But why is Prius Prime so slow then?

  51. johnwjeromejr
    29 օր առաջ

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

  52. Sunbir Gill
    Sunbir Gill
    29 օր առաջ

    Isn’t the V6 Camry faster?

  53. Carl Huard
    Carl Huard
    29 օր առաջ

    Boring review and reviewer I give a 2 out of 10

    1. Jer Cal
      Jer Cal
      10 օր առաջ

      He sucks reviewing Japanese cars these days

  54. Koji Waki
    Koji Waki
    29 օր առաջ

    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.

  55. Tony
    Ամիս առաջ

    Can Toyota make vehicle uglier?

  56. Jon C
    Jon C
    Ամիս առաջ

    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.

  57. bruce wayne
    bruce wayne
    Ամիս առաջ

    is it weird that as a car guy i like this a lot ?

  58. Ram Bo
    Ram Bo
    Ամիս առաջ

    I'm trading in my Cruz......wait what is a Cruz....never seen one on the road.

  59. j six
    j six
    Ամիս առաջ

    rav4 v6 trd. now.

  60. explanoit
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  61. Sean Thomas
    Sean Thomas
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  62. Free Charles
    Free Charles
    Ամիս առաջ

    A Camry prime is gonna be 🥶

  63. US Cars
    US Cars
    Ամիս առաջ

    Doug - You started to gesticulate bit too much, too fast...sometimes disturbing to watch the whole picture.

  64. Saito
    Ամիս առաջ

    Mine should be coming by the end of this week, hella pumped

    1. Hose2wAcKiEr
      10 օր առաջ

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

    2. brutusmaximumus
      11 օր առաջ

      Just ordered mine today, 3-4 months :(

    3. David Gapp
      David Gapp
      21 օր առաջ

      @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.

    4. Thionta Buckner
      Thionta Buckner
      26 օր առաջ

      I want one! I haver the XLE premium version

  65. Bigbaby63
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  66. Igor Adriano
    Igor Adriano
    Ամիս առաջ

    U like the RAV4 I'm like the aventador

  67. Soraw Fatt
    Soraw Fatt
    Ամիս առաջ

    Technically its Toyotas fastest car since BMW makes the Supra..

  68. Gandalf The White
    Gandalf The White
    Ամիս առաջ

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

    1. Chief Beef
      Chief Beef
      Ամիս առաջ

      They’re super reliable they make great daily drivers

  69. D Ha
    D Ha
    Ամիս առաջ

    Damn, this thing is faster than my GTI.

  70. Sideways Obama
    Sideways Obama
    Ամիս առաջ

    Best of both worlds, you can plug and pump. Why we no focus on this.

  71. Sideways Obama
    Sideways Obama
    Ամիս առաջ

    This is literally the xxl version of the prius c

  72. Sideways Obama
    Sideways Obama
    Ամիս առաջ

    Calling it now Ps6 controller on cars

  73. Trob-Repent-Robinson
    Ամիս առաջ

    Waiting on the kia stinger 2022 video

  74. Flying'N'Driving
    Ամիս առաջ

    0:14 it's the fastest vehicle toyota makes, unless you count rebadging a bmw "making" a car

  75. Mike Foehr
    Mike Foehr
    Ամիս առաջ

    If Toyota comes out with TT 3.5 Tundra next year it will make the Prime look 🐌ish.

  76. Julien Aziza
    Julien Aziza
    Ամիս առաջ

    Choose wisely: 30k for a car. Of 30x airplane trips of 1000 dollars

  77. Julien Aziza
    Julien Aziza
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  78. Sedzani Thilivhali
    Sedzani Thilivhali
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  79. Lekcheto
    Ամիս առաջ

    Redline Reviews bought this one

  80. Pedro Montes
    Pedro Montes
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  81. CAYMAN987
    Ամիս առաջ

    Changing car colors in lighting or display is just stupid.. no wonder new cars are stupid expensive

  82. CAYMAN987
    Ամիս առաջ

    Tear the stupid screen out with a lug wrench..

  83. CAYMAN987
    Ամիս առաջ

    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.

  84. James Davis
    James Davis
    Ամիս առաջ

    My 2021 Avalon XSE is faster

  85. Im2bz2p345
    Ամիս առաջ

    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.

    1. ACE - Cole Jensen
      ACE - Cole Jensen
      18 օր առաջ

      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.

  86. Benjamin Malave Jr.
    Benjamin Malave Jr.
    Ամիս առաջ

    Doug's the type of guy to refer to the 80s as 'modern' so he doesn't feel old.

    1. piuthemagicman
      22 օր առաջ

      He's born in the 90's :)

  87. Garrett Bentley
    Garrett Bentley
    Ամիս առաջ

    Doug's the type of guy to describe the Rav4 steering as "Rav4-y"

  88. Bonzo
    Ամիս առաջ

    Take a shot everytime he says *frankly*

  89. Deep Blue2
    Deep Blue2
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  90. Ernest Barrios
    Ernest Barrios
    Ամիս առաջ

    If Doug was a teacher I would have drop his class. He is one tough grader.

  91. Glen Ashton
    Glen Ashton
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  92. Gabe Beamon
    Gabe Beamon
    Ամիս առաջ

    we need the jeep wrangler 4XE

  93. TOBOR
    Ամիս առաջ

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

  94. Jakob Harris
    Jakob Harris
    Ամիս առաջ

    You should do the Ford C-Max

  95. Fiat Multipla
    Fiat Multipla
    Ամիս առաջ

    2:31 why not just say performance😂

  96. Vesa Lampinen
    Vesa Lampinen
    Ամիս առաջ

    I think the buyers of RAV4 want most of all practicality and not something to show off. 🤔

  97. Alex Segura
    Alex Segura
    Ամիս առաջ

    Can you do the 2021 Nissan Rogue

  98. Jess G.
    Jess G.
    Ամիս առաջ

    2.5 liter 4 CYLINDER ??? poor man’s Tesla ...

  99. Sergi Edo
    Sergi Edo
    Ամիս առաջ

    "fastest" meaning maximum speed, not better performance in a race trail like Nürburgring I believe...

  100. jacasforever
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    The guy is weird as fuck