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2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime: Choosing the Right Trim

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid (PHEV) returns with only the changes applied to the entire RAV4 lineup.

We detail RAV4 Hybrid (HEV) and the traditional gasoline-only RAV4 elsewhere.

A more rakish headlight design, some changes in the exterior colors, new wheel designs, and a couple of other minor enhancements sum up the improvements.

RAV4 Prime has an advantage or two over the HEV version because it does provide up to 42 miles of electric-only range. Furthermore, as of this writing, it still qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax rebate. The RAV4 HEV doesn’t.

Toyota offers the RAV4 Prime in two trim levels: SE and XSE.

We like the RAV4 Prime for its exceptional fuel economy, standard all-wheel drive (AWD), snappy acceleration, and standard driver aids.

Supplying its impressive thrust is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine working in league with three electric motors. An 18-kWh lithium-ion battery pack supplies the juice to the motors.

Working together, the engine and electric motors produce 302 horsepower. An automatic transmission sends production to all four wheels.

The government uses a formula for calculating fuel economy with electric-only power called miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). The result for the RAV4 Prime is 94 MPGe combined.

In conventional gas/electric hybrid mode, the 2022 RAV4 Prime has an EPA combined rating of 38 mpg.

2022 Toyota RAV4 SE Prime (starting at $39,800)

2022 Toyota Rav4 SE Prime front right in red
The 2022 Toyota RAV4 SE Prime starts at $39,800.

Unless there is a must-have among the XSE Prime’s available option packages, we recommend sticking with the SE Prime. It has pretty much everything, and with the federal tax rebate, it’s a deal. However, we would opt for Weather & Moonroof Package.

It includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lights (auto on-off headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights), and a height-adjustable power liftgate.

Also included are heated power outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, active grille shutters, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Other features are a digital gauge cluster with a 7-inch driver-information display, fabric seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat.

Keyless entry with push-button start, five USB ports, two 12-volt power ports, and a 120-volt AC outlet are also standard, as are heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio capability.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard.

Among the driver aids is Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. It includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and lane-departure alert with steering assist.

Lane-tracing assist and road-sign assistance are also included.

Adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and hill-start assist are also standard.

For $1,665, you can add the Weather & Moonroof package. It gains you a power moonroof, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear outboard seats. Also included are rain-sensing wipers with a de-icer function.

Adding the $1,215 destination fee to the SE Prime base price brings the total to $41,015. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to $737 per month. See 2022 Toyota RAV4 SE Prime models for sale

2022 Toyota RAV4 SE Prime Includes:

Safety Sense 2.0 – A bundle of driver aids, it includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with steering assist, and lane-tracing assist.

Dual-zone automatic climate control – A set-it-and-forget-it system, it divides the vehicle into left and right regions. It provides separate temperature settings for each region. Once set, it automatically maintains the preset temperatures.

Keyless entry – If the key fob is on your person, the doors automatically unlock when you approach the vehicle. Push-button start is paired with keyless entry.

2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE Prime (starting at $43,125)

2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE Prime front left
The 2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE Prime starts at $43,125.

XSE builds on SE, adding 19-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, red shock absorbers, rear-seat HVAC vents, and wireless phone charging.

Also included are faux-leather seats, a red-accented cabin with red stitching, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

An anti-theft alarm, a Homelink transceiver, and a 9-inch touchscreen are also standard.

Add the Weather Package ($815) to get a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers with de-icer function, and rear outboard heated seats.

You can pony up $2,435 for the Premium Audio Dynamic Navigation Package. It gains you the Weather Package, navigation, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, and more.

The $5,345 Premium Package with Options adds the Audio Dynamic Navigation Package. Also included are a 10-inch color head-up display, a panoramic moonroof, and a lot more.

Adding the $1,215 destination fee to the XSE Prime base price totals $44,340. Financing with no money down for 60 months at 3% interest works out to a monthly payment of $797. See 2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE Prime models for sale

2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE Prime Includes:

Auto-dimming rearview mirror – Using photosensors, it recognizes bright headlights closing from behind. It then automatically dims the reflection of those lights.

Smartphone charging – You can charge any Qi-compatible smartphone without using a cable.

Homelink – This universal transceiver offers programming for your automatic garage door, as well as other functions like your home’s interior light operation.

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What is the best 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime trim?

Since it already has a pretty high starting price, the base SE trim is the best value in the RAV4 Prime lineup.

How long does it take to charge a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime?

With a standard household outlet, it takes about 12 hours to fully charge the PHEV battery in the RAV4 Prime. With Level 2 charging, it takes about 4.5 hours with a 16A charger or 2.5 hours with a 32A charger.

Which 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime trim level offers the most safety?

Every RAV4 Prime comes with the same list of standard safety tech features, including the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 safety tech suite. The RAV4 Prime gets the top “Good” rating from the IIHS in all crashworthiness categories.

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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