Hybrid vehicles are known for their excellent fuel economies, and they’ve become increasingly popular because of it. Our team here at Serra Toyota thought it would be appropriate to compare the hybrid that started it all, the Toyota Prius, to the newest on the lineup, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, to show drivers how they differ and what each one has to offer. At first glance, drivers will notice the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is marked with a slightly higher price point, and the 2016 Toyota Prius offers a better fuel economy. However, the Prius is also smaller, offering less space for cargo and passengers, and the RAV4 Hybrid offers a more powerful engine.
It’s important to note the vehicles are being compared at their base models, so the 2016 Toyota Prius Two and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE. Keep in mind there are higher models available for both vehicles, which include additional technology and convenience features. Each of these hybrids are set with a continuously variable automatic transmission, so driving is smooth and easy. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid pumps out more power with 154 horsepower compared to the 2016 Toyota Prius with 95 horsepower.
|2016 Toyota Prius Two||VS||2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE|
|1.8-liter I-4 hybrid||Engine||2.5-liter I-4 hybrid|
|Front-wheel drive||Drive type||All-wheel drive|
|54 city/50 hwy||MPG||34 city/31 hwy|
|24.6 cu. ft.||Cargo volume||35.6 cu. ft.|
Aside from the impressive fuel economies, these hybrid vehicles are packed full of all the expected standard safety features. Both vehicles’ cabins are filled with airbags as well as traction control systems, daytime running lights, low tire pressure monitors and keyless entry systems. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE offers optional safety systems including lane departure warning and blind spot sensors.
Both the Prius and the RAV4 Hybrid offer seating for five passengers, but the RAV4 Hybrid offers more space for both passengers and extra cargo. The two share a lot of the same standard convenience features including cruise control, cargo tie downs and an exterior temperature gauge. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE comes set with dual zone automatic air conditioning, floor mats, a compass and a cargo net, all of which are not available in the Prius. However, the 2016 Toyota Prius Two features a driver information center, service interval warnings and illuminated vanity mirrors, which are not available with the RAV4 Hybrid.
Those interested in learning more about either of these efficient Toyota vehicle options are encouraged to contact our team here at Serra Toyota for more information. Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of the Prius or the RAV4 Hybrid can do so by scheduling a test drive online.