2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota was among the first automakers with a presence in the United States to metaphorically dive into the deep end of the hybrid vehicle pool. Our manufacturing partner was also one of the pioneers in the crossover SUV segment. It is only natural that these two strengths would be combined to create an even better subset of high-performing, adaptable and efficient vehicles. A comparison among the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will help Colonial Toyota customers pick out the version of the RAV4 crossover SUV that will best fit their needs. Each iteration of the RAV4 offers impressive performance, plenty of interior space, and of course, excellent fuel economy scores. 

Colonial Toyota customers can learn more about the Toyota RAV4 family today after making an appointment with one of our product experts. Call 203-286-5500 to learn more. 

A photo illustration with comparative labels showing off the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

2021 RAV4 Prime

2020 RAV4

2020 RAV4 Hybrid

Engine: 2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Hybrid Engine: 2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine: 2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Hybrid
Output: 302 hp Output: 203 hp Output: 219 hp
Best Fuel Econ.: 40/36 Best Fuel Econ.: 28/35 Best Fuel Econ.: 41/38
Max. Cargo Vol.: 63.1 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Vol.: 69.8 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Vol.: 69.8 cu.-ft.


Performance Specs, Fuel Economy Scores and Cargo Volume 

Every Toyota RAV4 variant uses the same basic engine platform. While each 2020 or 2021 RAV4 starts with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, the three models will have different performance outputs. The traditional gasoline-only version of the Toyota RAV4 will make 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Buyers interested in the RAV4 Hybrid can expect to use up to 219 net horsepower. Finally, the 2021 RAV4 Prime employs a new set of electric motors that will allow for up to 302 horsepower. 

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 has always ranked among the most efficient two-row crossover SUVs. There is a little variance in fuel economy scores with the gasoline versions. However, the differences don’t account for much. 

Customers looking for the best possible scores will want to inquire about the XLE or XLE Premium trims that will offer 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2020 RAV4 Hybrid will post 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. People choosing the 2021 RAV4 Prime can expect to see 40 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. 

Interior cargo dimensions are another long-running strength of the Toyota RAV4 lineup. Because of the necessities of accommodating the plug-in hybrid vehicle equipment that sets the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime apart from the rest of its siblings, it will offer up to 63.2 cubic-feet of cargo volume when the interior is properly configured. Both the gas-powered and original hybrid versions of the RAV4 will make up to 69.8 cubic-feet available.