2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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Safety

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The Rav4 Prime has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The RX Series doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Prime. But it costs extra on the RX Series.

Both the Rav4 Prime and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Prime for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the RX Series (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Prime’s warranty.

Engine

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The Rav4 Prime’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 7 more horsepower (302 vs. 295) than the RX 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Prime running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the RX Series:

MPGe

Rav4 Prime

AWD

Electric Motors

105 city/84 hwy

RX Series

MPG

FWD

350 3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

450h 3.5 V6 Hybrid

31 city/28 hwy

350 3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Prime running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the RX Series:

MPG

Rav4 Prime

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

40 city/36 hwy

RX Series

FWD

350 3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

450h 3.5 V6 Hybrid

31 city/28 hwy

350 3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

The Rav4 Prime can drive on battery power alone for up to 42 miles. The RX Series must run its internal combustion engine to move.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 Prime uses regular unleaded gasoline. The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

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The Rav4 Prime SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RX Series’ standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Prime SE’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Rav4 Prime XSE’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Rav4 Prime is 11.6 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the Rav4 Prime easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Rav4 Prime uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The RX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rav4 Prime has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the RX Series with its rear seat up (33.5 vs. 18.4 cubic feet). The Rav4 Prime has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the RX Series with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 56.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Rav4 Prime’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (2500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 Prime XSE/Limited offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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