The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is an SUV that's sure to enhance your driving experience. It has a solid feel, good safety scores, excellent standard equipment, and plenty of interior space. It rides and handles more like a car than a high-riding truck. It's bright, family-friendly, and entertaining. The RAV4 has not only the mentioned features but also an impressive powertrain under the hood that delivers great horsepower and torque. Do you want to hear more about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 engine specs? Keep reading, and you'll learn.
All non-hybrid versions of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The maximum horsepower that it can produce is 203 horsepower, and a high of 184 lb-ft of torque that helps the RAV4 accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 8.0 seconds. Such horsepower must be adequate to carry loads of people and cargo up to highway speed without placing unnecessary strain on the powertrain. The previous generations of RAV4 had a smaller base model engine with the option to upgrade to a larger engine. Still, the new RAV4 is equipped with a more balanced engine so that everyone gets a reasonably powerful engine.
The Hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 delivers greater horsepower and acceleration. It's fitted with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired to two electric motors (one up front and one out back). It also comes with a continuous automatic transmission (CVT) to drive all four wheels. The RAV4 Hybrid provides 219 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque, which is better than the non-hybrid models. The peak torque is more useful, too, coming lower in the rev range (3,600 rpm versus 5,000). With the RAV4 Hybrid, you'll also get improved acceleration – it hits from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The top speed of the RAV Hybrid is 112mph, while the torque output of the engine is 221Nm – rising too significantly more than this when one or both electric motors are engaged.
Do you want more horsepower and acceleration? For the 2021 Toyota RAV4, it's not a problem. The RAV4 plug-in hybrid variant, the Prime, will give you this. Its 134-kilowatt electric motor delivers 199 pound-feet of torque to the front axle, while a smaller, 40-kW motor sends 89 lb-ft to the rear one. These two electric motors are matched to the 2.5-liter gas engine. Together in combination, the net output of the RAV4 Prime version is 302 horsepower and 353 lb-ft of torque. The front electric motor will deliver you 179 hp in EV-only mode, while the rear can pump out 53 hp.
When running in EV mode, the RAV4 Prime will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than impressive 9.2 seconds. However, if the vehicle is switched into the Sport and HV (Hybrid-Vehicle) driving modes, where both the gasoline engine and electric motors work, the RAV4 Prime will sprint for 5.7 seconds. It is the quickest acceleration in the RAV4 lineup.
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