Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid Speed Capability
Toyota has released a new RAV4 hybrid variant in the form of a plug-in incarnation known as the RAV4 Prime Hybrid. This model boasts a lot of strengths, one of which is speed. In fact, this crossover SUV is so fast that rumors have begun to circulate that the RAV4 Prime Hybrid is faster than the Supra. Are the rumors true? Can the RAV4 Prime Hybrid outrun the famed sports car?
While the Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid is not faster in every way than the Toyota Supra, the RAV4 Prime Hybrid did beat the Supra in Car and Driver acceleration tests from five to 60 miles-per-hour, 30 to 50 mph, and 50 to 60 mph. The organization also rated the RAV4 Prime as quicker than the race-oriented Toyota Camry TRD.
Clearly, there are many benefits to the Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid. The plug-in RAV4 boasts 302 horsepower, a great fuel economy, and the ability to tow up to 2,500 pounds. As demonstrated above, it’s also fast. It enjoys impressive acceleration and useful electric range. With tax credits, it even costs less than some standard RAV4 hybrid models.
In fact, the RAV4 crossover in general is one of the quickest vehicles in the Toyota lineup. A few years ago, it would’ve seemed crazy to live in a world where the performance of many SUVs rivals or surpasses some sports sedans. However, that is what has now become our reality.
How fast does the Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid go from zero to 60?
Car and Driver determined the Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid able to make it from zero to 60 in just 5.4 seconds. The model crosses the quarter mile in 14.0 seconds at 100 miles-per-hour.
The 255-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter four Toyota Supra did beat the RAV4 Prime in both these tests. The Supra gets from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds and passes the quarter mile in 13.3 seconds at 104 mph.