Is the Toyota Rav 4 Prime a good plugin hybrid?

Episode 1724 (39:08)

Micah from Maine
2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime Plugin Hybrid

Micah is interested in the Toyota Rav4 Prime Plugin Hybrid, which can go up to 40 miles before turning on the gas engine. What are Sam's thoughts? Sam Abuelsamid hasn't driven the Prime yet, but he has driven the Hybrid version that doesn't have a plugin feature and has a smaller battery. It can still go 42 miles and for most people, they will rarely use their gas engine driving around town. It's a lot like the Chevy Volt in that regard. Chevy data shows that 90% of all trips taken with the Volt didn't use a drop of gas. So it's a great option for people who don't have to worry about planning a route to stop for charging your EV. The real issue is availability. There are only about 5,000 Rav4 Primes in the US right now.

But the Ford Escape is also available. Very similar, and it's even more affordable at $7,000 less ($33K) than the R4P.