The police officers stopped where I was parked on the sidewalk in front of one of Chicago’s landmark attractions. I hustled to get one last picture of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, and told them I’d be on my way.
“Is that the electric one?” One officer asked.
I explained it was a plug-in hybrid with a gas engine and two electric motors.
“So it’s electric?” the other officer asked, getting out of his car. You could plug it in for electric power or fill it up for gas power, I said.
“It’s nice,” he said, and followed me on a walk around. “I got the 2019 gas model. Love it.”
He is not alone. A hit for 25 years, the Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV is the best-selling passenger vehicle that is not a truck in the U.S. It also comes as a hybrid, and the RAV4 Hybrid’s EPA-rated 40 mpg combined helped it to become the best-selling…