RAV4 Prime PHEV for 2021 - anyone considering adding / jumping ??

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by 4sallypat, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. 4sallypat

    4sallypat Active Member

  2. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    If it had 50 miles of EV range I would be very interested. But...

    I don't need the extra power or acceleration. I would trade all of that for more range. Sadly I'll pass on this one.
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  3. Tek_Freek

    Tek_Freek Active Member

    Range? Meh. 39 miles is not bad for an SUV and with a gas backup it will go as far as needed. It's on our list for the 2008 Sorento replacement when we decide it's time. I'd keep the Sorento until it falls apart, but $50 fill ups get old.

    We drove from LV to SLC and back for Christmas. We spent over $100 on gas. We left the Clarity home because of expected weather and no snow tires. I do not trust the stock tires in bad weather.
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  4. It more or less matches the range of my late lamented Volt and that worked very well for me and my commute. My question would be how powerful it is in EV mode. If I have to feather the accelerator in fear of kicking in the ICE then I'll pass on this one.

    If Honda keeps working this hard to prevent me from getting a new Clarity and the RAV4 ends up too much of an ICE vehicle, I'll probably stick with our 2011 Prius and 2007 LEAF and be okay.
  5. Nope. We wrote off Toyota’s after the Prius. Worst seats in the industry.

    They’d have to build something pretty spectacular to even get my attention, and that isn’t it.
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  6. Tek_Freek

    Tek_Freek Active Member

    So you are assuming the seats will be terrible before you sit in them?
  7. Mowcowbell

    Mowcowbell Active Member

    I'll gladly keep my Clarity. If the RAV4 PHEV is actually available outside CA, I might try to get my wife to test drive it and replace her Jeep Cherokee which does good to get 20 mpg in winter.
  8. mattheo0118

    mattheo0118 New Member

    If it's anything like the Prius prime with it's "air-cooled" to cool the battery, better run and not walk away from it..

    Wish Honda would make a passport or Ridgeline plug-in... I'd trade my Clarity in for that
  9. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    Honda was testing a Pilot Plug-In Hybrid in 2018. Honda whiffed.

  10. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member Subscriber

  11. Wdave

    Wdave Member

    After the lease is up in 2021 sure.
    Probably will be in their mid life refresh by the end of the year.
  12. mattheo0118

    mattheo0118 New Member

    Large vehicle plug-in testing. Was never intended to come out on the current pilot platform. Close Friend working in Torrance R&D confirmed it last October 2018. Leased the parents a regular Pilot in Dec 2018 until the hybrid / plug in version comes as a 2022 model
  13. The Gadgeteer

    The Gadgeteer Active Member

    I am 1 year into my 3 year Clarity lease. I have 2 years to decide. The choices are buy out the current Clarity, new Clarity, Rav4 Prime, or other fuel economical vehicle. Perhaps Honda will have a CRV PHEV or HRV PHEV by then.

    The Rav4 Prime is very appealing. Yes the electric range is less than the Clarity but the Rav4 Prime has: AWD, spare tire, ground clearance, sits up higher, AWD, faster 0-60, & is based on Toyota’s mass produced Rav4 hybrid thus presumably less of a “unicorn” and will have high build quality. These are things that appeal to me enough that I would accept the electric range hit.
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  14. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    The Rav4 Prime will have much better resale value, too, because it's a newer model and not an old-fashioned, undesirable car.
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  15. Al-clarity

    Al-clarity New Member

    I am waiting for Toyota or Honda to make a PHEV minivan or Y.
  16. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    I agree with all of your positive Rav4 comments. It surprises me how very attractive the spare tire is. Right now we have a spare and tire change kit for the Clarity. But it takes up space in the trunk. We have to remember to put it in the trunk for out of town trips, and it is heavy to deal with. I just wish the manufacturers would provide an under-floor cavity for spare tires. If they don't want the extra weight, cost, and loss of mpg fine. But let me decide for myself how I want to handle it. There are conditions under which I would rather depend on a spare than other options. Some areas not far from home have no cell service and where we may not see another car for long periods of time.
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  17. I had a flat tire last year. The one before that was 1987.
  18. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    I've had two flats in the last two years. I struggle with having a flat, in the rain, no cell signal, with a family on board.
  19. K8QM

    K8QM Active Member

    Our 2003 CRV is getting long in the tooth (160k) miles so both the RAV 4, the CRV hybrid and Subaru hybrid/phev are on the list. It may depend on what's actually available when the time comes.

  20. Rangavasu

    Rangavasu Member

    Yes if I get the same deal as Clarity (28.3 K Touring) ..

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