In comparing the Toyota Prius Prime's and the Toyota RAV4's specifications and ratings, the Toyota Prius Prime has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Toyota RAV4 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, reliability, resale value, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Toyota Prius Prime's and the Toyota RAV4's specifications and ratings, the Toyota RAV4 is a better car than the Toyota Prius Prime.
Toyota Prius Prime vs. Toyota RAV4 Pricing
For a new model, the Toyota Prius Prime's price is between $34,592 and $44,594, with the Toyota RAV4 priced between $31,030 and $41,639.
Toyota Prius Prime vs. Toyota RAV4 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Toyota Prius Prime loses 40.5 percent of its value and the Toyota RAV4 loses 34.7 percent of its value. This means the Toyota RAV4 retains 5.8 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Toyota Prius Prime.
Toyota Prius Prime vs. Toyota RAV4 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Toyota Prius Prime is 8.1 out of 10 while the Toyota RAV4's quality rating is 8.6 out of 10. This results in the Toyota Prius Prime being ranked 2 out of 9 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars (PHEV) and the Toyota RAV4 being ranked 3 out of 19 Best Small SUVs.
Toyota Prius Prime vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Toyota Prius Prime is 5.7 out of 10. For the Toyota RAV4 the reliability rating is 8.4 out of 10. This gives the Toyota RAV4 an advantage in reliability compared to the Toyota Prius Prime.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Toyota Prius Prime’s base engine makes 220 horsepower, and the Toyota RAV4 base engine makes 203 horsepower.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Toyota RAV4, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Toyota Prius Prime, a hybrid midsize car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room and front leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Toyota Prius Prime and the Toyota RAV4 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.