I bought a Rav4Prime last year and am more or less happy with it. In EV mode the engine does tend to come on more often than the Volt's. It's not excessive, something like once or twice a week in cold weather (I noticed that now that I'm not using the heater, it happens less), and the most annoying thing is that there doesn't seem to be any logic as to when/why the engine starts and there is never a message indicating why the engine is on. The Volt always tells you (ERDTT, EMM, FMM). The only time it doesn't is if your hood is open. Anyway, I'd say the R4P is close to being a genuine BEV until the battery is depleted - not as close as the Volt, but probably closer than some other PHEVs. I've actually never had the engine come on when punching the accelerator, so it's not as if the R4P's motors are too small.Agree. I'm still waiting for someone else to truly take up the mantle of the Voltec approach, and keep wondering if GM will come back to it now that the consumer interest is catching up to what Voltec was offering 11 years ago. I do get that as a compromise, the Voltec drivetrain doesn't do the best in terms of efficiency once you're in ICE mode, so you end up with a car, on paper, that gets 42mpg.. an Accord or Camry hybrid look better on the window sticker. Of course, most of us Volt owners are actually getting hundreds of mpg in real life, but that doesn't make it to the window sticker. The way I've always felt is that it's the drivetrain Americans actually need, if they could only be convinced to want what they need.
My big issue with other PHEV offerings is that other than the Volt, i3, and maybe the Rav4 Prime, most the PHEVs since the Volt have such small electric motors that they must inevitably depend on ICE for typical use, which defeats most of the purpose of a PHEV for me. I could be wrong, but it seems that the Volt and i3 still stand out as the only PHEVs that are genuine BEVs until the battery is depleted.
The R4P range is almost as good as the Volt's, and it routinely outperforms (I often get more EV miles than the stated range). And it's a fun drive, for a SUV. The Volt feels zippier, but the Volt is a small car. Of course the extra cabin space feels downright luxurious after the tiny volt. Another improvement over the Volt is that both heating and cooling of the cabin are performed with a heat pump, which is much more energy efficient than the Volt's resistive heating.
The only problem with the R4P at the moment is getting one. Dealers are marking them up by thousands.