Hooniverse Asks: What’s the car that you never thought you’d want?

Once upon time, circa 2006, the RAV4 was available with a 3.5-liter V6. That engine made 270-horsepower and was available with AWD. Surprisingly, as the Japanese company was going through some kind of a recession at the time, this V6 power made the RAV4 the fastest of all new Toyotas. I have to admit that I wanted this sleeper as a daily D even if it was an otherwise boring appliance.

Now the history seems to repeat itself. Kind of, not really. For one, Toyota’s business side is doing great. Their vehicular offerings include models, in both the Lexus and Toyota brands, for the enthusiasts. There’s a even a damn Camry TRD. And now, a new kind of RAV4… but it does not have a V6 engine.

The 2021 RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid that makes 302-horsepower. That’s enough to be the fastest Toyota-made vehicle, excluding the BMW Supra. The current RAV4 itself is a very nice vehicle, not the boring beige appliance it once was. The interior is as nice as it is functional. So I ask, what’s not to like about a quick, functional, affordable, and fuel efficient cross-over for daily driving duties? It sure as hell isn’t something I thought I’d want to get, but…

By |2020-01-14T07:19:04+00:00January 14th, 2020|Hooniverse|20 Comments

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