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Toyota RAV4 vs. Toyota Prius

When comparing the Toyota RAV4 to the Toyota Prius, the Toyota RAV4 has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Toyota Prius has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Toyota RAV4 versus the Toyota Prius, the Toyota Prius is a better car than the Toyota RAV4.

Toyota RAV4 versus Toyota Prius Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Toyota RAV4 ranges from $25,600 to $37,600 while a used Toyota Prius from the same model year range is priced between $23,900 to $35,866. For a new model, the Toyota RAV4's price is between $29,469 and $39,840, with the Toyota Prius priced between $26,672 and $36,076.

Toyota RAV4 versus Toyota Prius Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Toyota RAV4 is 8.5 out of 10 while the Toyota Prius' quality rating is 9.1 out of 10. This results in the Toyota RAV4 being ranked 6 out of 24 Best Small SUVs and the Toyota Prius being ranked 1 out of 23 Best Hybrid Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Toyota RAV4’s base engine makes 203 horsepower, and the Toyota Prius base engine makes 121 horsepower. The RAV4 is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 508 miles. The Prius is rated to deliver an average of 52 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 565 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

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 trunk space. The Toyota Prius, a hybrid compact 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 RAV4 and the Toyota Prius have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Toyota RAV4 has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick award.

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2022 Toyota RAV4

2022 Toyota Prius

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,469 - $39,840

Used Asking Price:

$25,600 - $37,600

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

34.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,672 - $36,076

Used Asking Price:

$23,900 - $35,866

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.5 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

9.1 / 10

Reliability:

8.9 / 10

Retained Value:

8.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 24
5 / 24
6 / 24
6 / 14
8 / 61
8 / 28
11 / 61
12 / 61
33 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 23
1 / 23
1 / 23
1 / 3
7 / 23

Summary Review

The Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover with seating for five. The current Toyota RAV4 was redesigned for the 2019 model year, with new models averaging $31,101 and 3-year-old models averaging $23,510.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Reputation for durability
  • Gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models available
  • Rugged SUV-like capability with the TRD Pro Off-Road trim

  • Lackluster driving experience
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto late to arrive
  • Cumbersome touchscreen controls

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Hybrid

Trim Levels

XLE Premium, LE, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, Limited, XLE

Trim Levels

L Eco, LE, XLE, Limited, Nightshade, LE AWD-e, XLE AWD-e, Nightshade AWD-e

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 5000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.060 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

Not yet available

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.040 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not applicable

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 35 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 508 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.8 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

54 / 50 / 52

Range (city/hwy):

610 / 565 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.8 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.4 inches

Cargo Space:

37.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

69.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

136.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

27.4 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Overall Interior Volume:

120.5 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3380 lbs

Width:

73 inches

Height:

67 inches

Length:

180.9 inches

Wheelbase:

105.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.4 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3010 lbs

Width:

69.3 inches

Height:

57.9 inches

Length:

180 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P195/65R15