Toyota RAV4 Prime vs Volkswagen ID.4

Zack and Andrea of Motormouth take the Toyota RAV4 Prime and the Volkswagen ID.4 out to compare which is best.

This is a Motormouth couple car comparison of the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid VS the full-electric Volkswagen ID.4.

Whether you are ready to buy a pure EV or would rather start slowly with a plug-in hybrid, both are good choices. The ID.4 and the RAV4 Prime qualify for the Federal rebate of $5,000 in Canada and provincial rebates where available and in the US a tax credit of up to $7,500 USD.

The RAV4 Prime has a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with Toyota’s hybrid system, an ECVT, 302 horsepower and 68 km/ 42 miles of EV range. The ID.4 dual motor AWD has the same 302 horsepower and 386 km/249 miles of EV range. The ID.4 AWD starting price is $49,995 CAD/$44,495 USD and the RAV4 Prime $44,990 CAD/$39,800 USD. They come with similar standard features like a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, Apple Carplay and Android Auto (ID.4 wireless), LED headlights and taillights. The Prime also has standard heated rear seats, a power driver’s seat, and an 8” touchscreen, available 9”.

The ID.4 has a standard 10” touchscreen, available 12.3”.The top trim on both vehicles is where you will find all those extra features like a panoramic sunroof, driver seat memory, a power passenger seat, head-up display, power tailgate and leatherette.

The Prime has two features the ID.4 does not, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, but the RAV4 doesn’t offer a passenger height adjustment on any trim.

The Prime top trim is $56,990 CAD/$48,470 USD and the ID.4 $57,995 CAD/$46,760 USD. Natural Resources Canada states the Prime will have an annual cost of $833 CAD and the ID.4 $675 CAD.

Estimated annual fuel cost is based on the combined rating, a driving distance of 20,000 km and forecast prices of $1.00/L for regular gas and $0.15/kWh for electricity. The annual fuel cost of the Prime reflects a mix of electric mode and gas only operation. This total will change depending on where you live and the price of gas and electricity. In Vancouver, stations are charging $1.76/L right now.


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