Well I put my money where my mouth is.....put $500 down to be on the list for a 202x Rav-4 Prime. #10 on the list at my local Toyota dealer, god only knows where I'm on the list nation/worldwide! My sales guy luckily happened to be the go-to guy for the Prime and said I was his 4th he's written up but basically had a hand in all the dealer's orders. I ordered a SE(lower-trim model of two but still lots of features) and got the "cold weather" package including heated steering wheel and outboard rear seats). I asked him what people had been ordering and said mostly the upper trim some with all the packages, one other had ordered what I did. I'm guessing most everyone in my area will be ordering the cold weather package, if they are smart they will anyway. I was very happy they had a package with just the heated parts, originally I thought I'd be forced to get the moon roof to get the heat(at about a grand more). The sales guy really stressed it could be 2-3 years but I'm hoping sooner. It sounds like mine will be made in the US as Toyota is currently building out a new factory here, currently all are made in Japan. They had none to look at, in fact my sales guy hasn't even seen any himself, I'm guessing my first chance to really see one will be at my local Auto Show in April.....if they have one this year, it was canceled this year as they were everywhere else.
I've sat in and driven the Hybrid Rav-4 and really liked it, the Prime should only be better. Price was sticker(not above) and came in just under $40k before everything else, thinking it will be around $45k with taxes, tabs and such. The other car I was looking at was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that are plentiful around here(for sale and see the occasional one on the road) but my main issue with it was the Mitsubishi name and less than stellar ICE MPG, the Prime should be close to 40 on the road which is mainly where we'll be driving in on ICE, otherwise in town I plan on 99% EV use as with it's 40 mile range it should cover all but driving all the way across town.
Anyone know why the company that sponsors MNL hasn't made a Rav4 Prime site yet? They still only have the original '12 Rav4 EV site, you'd think now that people in CA?? actually are driving them that they'd make a forum for the new Prime, they have one for the Prius Prime.
The Rav4 Prime should replace our '13 S Leaf and '07 Prius, still probably hand on to our '12 SL for short in town use, need to sell my '04 Scion XB too, mostly just sits.
2012 SL purchased used 2/'16
2013 S w/QC purchased new
Juicebox Premium 60a L1/L2 EVSE, Ebusbar 16a L1/L2 EVSE
'12 EVSEupgrade'd 20a L1/L2 EVSE, '13 EVSEupgrade'd adjustable 6-20a L2, 6-13a L1 EVSE
Zencar 13, 20, 30a L1/L2 portable EVSE
GE Durastation 30a