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Plug-in hybrids vs hybrids

What is a Toyota PHEV?

If you have been perusing the current 2021 Toyota lineup, then you may be wondering what is a Toyota PHEV? PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Toyota has a couple of options. We can explain what a plug-in hybrid is, and what its advantages and disadvantages are. We’ll also look at the Toyota PHEV lineup.

Can you drive a PHEV off electricity alone?

This is the huge advantage of a PHEV. You CAN drive on electricity alone. Typically, a PHEV model has limited range, but it can be plenty for your average daily driving. You charge up the PHEV in your garage overnight, and never have to burn a drip of gas. If your plans change or you just have to drive farther, then your PHEV seamlessly transitions to normal hybrid operation and continue on like normal.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime gauge cluster

Are there any disadvantages to a plug-in hybrid?

There are a few disadvantages to a PHEV that you may want to be aware of. For starters, they tend to cost a little more. The additional battery capacity also adds more weight to the vehicle which can mean slightly less efficiency than the hybrid counterparts. These disadvantages can weigh into your buying decision, but luckily, all the PHEV models currently offered from Toyota are also available as hybrids so you can make the right call for your specific situation.


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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in

What 2021 PHEV models does Toyota offer?

There are two PHEV models available currently in the 2021 Toyota lineup. You can find them easily because Toyota has taken to adding “Prime” to the model name for any PHEV. The Prius Prime and the RAV4 Prime are the current offerings. The 2021 Prius Prime can drive up to 25 miles on electricity alone and the 2021 RAV4 Prime can drive up to 42 miles on electricity alone.

Both Prime models offer multiple trim levels so you can still weigh your options between value and features. Currently, the RAV4 Prime comes in the SE trim and the top XSE trim both of which give you all-wheel drive standard. The Prius Prime comes in the trim levels with the base LE trim and the XLE and top Limited trims above that.

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