2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime in Canada: Trims, Features, and Power

This is the first-ever plug-in hybrid in the Toyota SUV lineup. The 2021 RAV4 Prime breaks ground as not only the most fuel-efficient RAV4 ever, but also the quickest and most powerful. RAV4 Prime is the newest addition to one of the best-selling vehicles in the Canadian market and draws on more than 20 years of Toyota leadership in hybrid powertrain technology.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime backdoor

Just like the RAV4 Hybrid, the gas engine and electric motors work together to deliver Dynamic performance and confident acceleration when starting off, merging onto the highway or passing vehicles. It features Toyota’s latest hybrid electric vehicle technology with more power and enhanced driving Dynamics with pure electric EV driving capability. With a larger lithium-ion battery, you can soon drive a RAV4 Prime in Canada without concerns about driving range or the need to stop to recharge the battery. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime side view


RAV4 Prime gives several unique designs and convenience features that highlight the sporty character. on the outside, the prime flaunts its Style with a black mesh Grille, lower front spoiler, and black rear bumper garnish. It will be available in SE, XSE, and XSE with Technology Package, both equipped with a standard sport-tuned suspension that will emphasize the vehicle’s outstanding on-road performance. 

driver side dash of 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The RAV4 Prime SE offers a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including electronic on-demand all-wheel-drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, heated front, and rear seats, heated leather steering wheel, Toyota safety sense 2.0 and more. 

digital rear view mirror in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The XSE grade adds a standard 9-inch infotainment screen, the largest ever in a RAV4. In addition, vertical LED daytime running lights, unique 19-inch alloy wheels, power backdoor, power moonroof, digital display rearview mirror, wireless charging, as well as a selection of two-tone colors, including the new supersonic red with black roof with red accent and mix SofTex fabric sport seats, exclusive to the prime models.

head up display on 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime  XSE Technlogy package

The XSE Technology Package steps up luxury and convenience with heated and ventilated front Softex seats, RAV4’s first head-up display, paddle shifters, 5-door SmartKey system, and a 1500 watt high output Power outlet. Panoramic moonroof is also included, not previously available on other RAV4 grades. 

For the full list of the features and colours available per trim and pricing for the RAV4 Prime, check out our Buyer’s Guide!

Softex leather seats in 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The dash silencer material and its thickness have been optimized to enhance the sound absorption and insulation performance, improving the ride Comfort additional noise vibration. Additional sound-absorbing material is added to the a-pillars and front fender liners for Superior quietness at higher speeds. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime parked in city street


RAV4 Prime is the fastest, most powerful, and most fuel-efficient RAV4 ever. The plug-in hybrid system in the RAV4 Prime features more powerful motor generators, a newly-developed 18.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, and a boost converter. as a result, the RAV4 Prime produces approximately 38% more power at higher speeds, and approximately 50% more power and speeds around 60 kilometers an hour than the RAV4 hybrid.

To supplement the electric motors, the RAV4 Prime uses a specially-tuned version of the RAV4 hybrid Dynamic Force 2.5 liter 4 cylinder gasoline engine that runs on Atkinson cycle. It produces more torque from the gasoline engine at lower RPM compared to the RAV4 hybrid, which improves performance at lower speeds. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime front headlights

The RAV4 Prime’s total system output is an impressive 302 horsepower, an 83 horsepower increase over the RAV4 hybrid. The resulting boost in performance is apparent. the RAV4 Prime offers the most power in its segment and has a projected 0 to 96km acceleration time with just 5.7 seconds

The RAV4 Prime offers a generous 2500 pound towing capacity. It’s 750 pounds more than the RAV4 hybrid.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime dual exhaust

The same reliable electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system from the RAV4 Hybrid is used on the Prime. The addition of an all-wheel-drive system helps to power the car more efficiently and improve acceleration performance. This system has two Electric motor on the front and a separate motor on the rear axle to power the rear wheels when needed. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid Emblem


The RAV4 Prime seamlessly transitions to a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle as required. With various driving modes available, The driver can switch seamlessly from hybrid to Pure EV driving. the 18.1 kilowatt Hybrid battery in the RAV4 Prime is twice as large as the battery in the Prius Prime.

The RAV4 Prime in Canada has one of the highest electric ranges of any Plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market, providing up to 68km EV range with a 135km per hour top speed in the EV mode.  An enhanced boost converter is adopted within the hybrid power control unit to make the most of the large battery and draw power from it more effectively. 

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Charging port


The RAV4 Prime Builds on the success of the RAV4 hybrid and elevates performance efficiency and comfort reflecting Toyota’s hybrid vehicle expertise. It offers the same passenger space as the RAV4 hybrid despite a much larger battery.  the compact dimensions of the battery allow it to be placed directly beneath the vehicle floor without any intrusion in the passenger space. 

The battery’s low placement lowers the center of gravity of the vehicle, enhancing ride comfort and handling stability. a highly efficient battery charging unit has been adopted to reduce charging times. 

Charging port for 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The vehicle can be recharged using a standard home 120-volt power outlet or using a faster level 2 charging station. the battery can be fully charged in two hours and 30 minutes when using 240 volt 32 amp charging. 

Charging time for The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime


Energy stored in the Hybrid battery is used to remotely operate the air conditioning in the vehicle without gasoline engine idling; and in turn, the air conditioning refrigerant is used to cool down the battery cells and enhance battery performance. 

The RAV4 Prime uses a thermo efficient heat pump to warm up the vehicle cabin. This system uses less energy than a traditional heating system and minimizes EV range loss in Colder Weather.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime from behind

The RAV4 Prime in Canada is now available for ordering! Unfortunately, due to high demand, there’s likely a very long wait list of people waiting to get an unit. If you want to get one soon, be sure to put in your order soon!


My name is Maino and I am a licensed Toyota advisor in the Vancouver and Burnaby area. If you are in the market for a car or have some questions, click here and tell me about it! I love to help and set you up for a test drive

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