Tuesday, August 3, 2021
News Delays For The Toyota RAV4 Prime Can Range Up To Three Years

Delays For The Toyota RAV4 Prime Can Range Up To Three Years

Before it even hit the showroom floor, the Toyota RAV4 Prime was already on everyone’s must-have list


  • Enthusiasm for the PHEV version of the RAV4 remains extremely high.

  • Depending on your local dealership, delivery delays can run up to three years.


By the time the new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime was officially announced last summer, the buzz surrounding the PHEV SUV made it an instant star. As you may know, the Toyota RAV4 has been the best-selling SUV in Canada for a few years which means the compact vehicle, and its hybrid iteration were already very appreciated. Clearly, Toyota wasn’t entirely ready for the love the PHEV Prime was going to get.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Or possibly they were. Either way, we here at Motor Illustrated regularly field questions on the new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. Other than the usual inquiries about power, range, and overall capability, actual availability comes up. All are surprised to learn that delivery delays can run up to three years, depending on the dealership.

Early on, delays ran from six to 18 months but these are in the past now. We reached out to Toyota Canada for a few details and were told that even the press-fleet units we test are burdened by a waiting list – there are people in line to buy a used example.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The only piece of advice we can give you is to shop around and contact a number of different dealerships to get an idea of delays. One way or another, the longer you hesitate, the longer it will be before you get your new RAV4 Prime.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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