Toyota’s perennially popular RAV4 SUV is a top seller as people continue to snap up SUVs, and a plug-in-hybrid version of the latest model is proving one of this year’s hottest commodities. Much has been written about the new RAV4 Prime’s fun-to-drive quotient, as it’s one of the quickest, most powerful mainstream Toyota products the brand has ever put out; indeed, with a manufacturer-estimated 0-60-mph time of 5.7 seconds, it’s the quickest four-door product to wear a Toyota badge today. And while the idea of a fun-to-drive hybrid SUV might seem like a bit of a contradiction, here it is — replete with 302 system horsepower and standard all-wheel drive.
But what if you’re more interested in the RAV4 Prime’s abilities as an electric vehicle or hybrid than you are in its stoplight drag-racing street cred? We put a test car through a mix of city and highway in southeast Michigan to find out.