The RAV4 Prime has been around for a while and it already won many hearts due to its amazing performance and efficiency. That’s said, it’s pretty much for sure that the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime is about to continue in the same way. Still, we shouldn’t neglect rumors that suggest a minor refresh for the next year, which would affect all models in the RAV4 lineup. That update would be mostly about cosmetic changes, though we would also expect to see a couple of tweaks regarding the standard and available equipment.
With updates or not, the next year’s model will continue with familiar design characteristics. This compact crossover has so many great things to offer, starting from great acceleration and overall performance. We also like the efficiency, as well as a pretty impressive all-electric range. Furthermore, you may count on typical RAV4 qualities, such as a spacious and comfortable cabin, a long list of safety features and similar things.
The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime should arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime Design
As we already mentioned, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime could receive a minor facelift, just like the rest of the lineup. We are pretty sure that changes won’t be significant, even though the current generation has been around since 2018. Most of the changes should happen at the front, where we would see a new bumper, revised grille and new internal design of headlights. The rear end might come with some tweaks as well, while we also count on typical mid-cycle updates, such as new color options, new wheels etc.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect will remain the same. Most of the things are the same as in other RAV4 models, including the suspension setup, which feels a little bit inadequate for this amount of power. Therefore, many believe that the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime could bring a stiffer suspension setup. At this point, the officials are still quiet.
On the other hand, we don’t expect to see bigger interior changes. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime will continue with the same cabin design, which has a lot of things to offer. Although it doesn’t look as upscale as some rivals, the RAV4’s cabin looks nice and, more importantly, features very good build quality.
The seats are good, though we would like a little bit more side support. On the other hand, the seating position is excellent, whether it’s about ergonomics or visibility. The front seats offer plenty of room, while the second row is as spacious. All in all, this SUV accommodates five adults pretty easily.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 33.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 69.8 of the total cargo space, which is about average for the class.
There’s no doubt that the rumored mid-cycle refresh would bring some novelties in terms of standard equipment as well. However, we are pretty sure that most of the features won’t change. For reference, the current model comes standard with goodies like dual-zone climate control, push-button start, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. You can also get options like a panoramic glass roof, a 9-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, an 11-speaker JBL premium stereo, and navigation.
The same thing is with safety and driver-assistance features. Currently, the list of standard equipment includes goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert etc.
2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime Powertrain
This aspect definitely won’t bring changes. So, you may count on a system that combines a familiar 2.5-liter inline-four with an electric motor. The total output goes up to 302 horsepower and the power is sent to all wheels through the CVT. The acceleration is great at all speeds.
Besides strong performance, you may also count on pretty impressive efficiency. In the EV mode, fuel economy goes around 94 mpg-e, while the standard mode ensures around 38 miles per gallon in a combined ride, which is also a pretty good result. Another thing to like about this system is its pretty impressive all-electric range, which goes up to 42 miles. With a 120V outlet, the battery needs around 12 hours to fully recharge.
2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year. The current model starts at around 40.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Ford Escape PHEV, Hyundai Tucson PHEV etc.