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Key Things About 2021 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid You Should Know

Learn about key features of 2021 RAV4 Limited Hybrid you probably want to know before you buy one.

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Hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more popular each year.

People are likely to choose one for their families due to greater fuel efficiency, being more environmentally friendly and many times having more power than gasoline equivalents.

I decided to research one of the most popular hybrids available, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, to see what makes it so popular.

In fact, I chose a 2021 RAV4 Limited Hybrid (or RAV4 Hybrid Limited, depending on what some people call it) for my independent study.

What I found were several key factors I feel consumers may want to know about RAV4 Hybrid in general and RAV4 Limited Hybrid specifically.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid Magnetic Gray profile view front end

Toyota redesigned RAV4 in 2019 with all-new styling, a smoother ride and an interior loaded with technology and safety features.

We have just started seeing the 2021 RAV4 arriving at dealerships across the country. Since it has only been two years since it was completely overhauled, there are no changes to most trim levels this year, including RAV4 Limited Hybrid.

One 2021 RAV4 addition is to the TRD Off-Road and another is the introduction of a new RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid grade.

The RAV4 Hybrid is powered by the combination of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motors. This gasoline engine on its own produces 176 horsepower but gives drivers 219 net hybrid horsepower when working with electric power as well.

This is an advantage for RAV4 Hybrid versus RAV4 gasoline-only versions that deliver 203 horsepower.

2021 RAV4 Limited Hybrid mpg

Expect to see great gas mileage when you purchase a 2019 or 2020 or 2021 RAV4 Limited Hybrid. Drivers can expect to see 41mpg in the city, 38mpg on the highway and 40mpg combined.

Gasoline-powered Toyota RAV4 averages around 28mpg to 30mpg combined depending on the trim level, and if it is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

VIDEO: Take a tour of RAV4 Limited Hybrid including buttons and controls.

Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid is an all-wheel drive only. In fact, it is an electronic on-demand all-wheel drive. This means it operates in front-wheel drive mode until there is loss of traction. Then, it can send power to the rear wheels as needed.

You will also find different driving modes such as ECO, SPORT, NORMAL, TRAIL and EV. Drivers can switch between modes at any time while driving to provide better gas mileage, extra traction or more power.

Smart stuff here folks.

RAV4 Hybrid Limited equals luxury

Look for features associated with a luxury vehicle when you research a Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid interior

SofTex seating with heated and memory front seats, Premium Audio with dynamic navigation and 11 JBL speakers, and front and rear parking assist with automated braking are standard.

This Limited trim level uses smart key with auto unlock front doors and rear liftgate. You can upgrade to auto unlock on all doors as well. I will explain this in the next section.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid interior softex front seats

Also, just like all 2021 RAV4 models, Limited Hybrid RAV4 is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 safety systems to limit distractions and help prevent accidents.

Exterior highlights include 18-inch super chrome alloy wheels and LED projector-beam headlights with LED daytime lights.

Options and Packages for RAV4 Limited Hybrid

Almost as important as choosing a Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid is knowing what additional options and packages you have available for you and your family.

Weather Package upgrades to heated steering wheel, perforated heated and ventilated (cooled) front seats, rear heated seats and rain-sensing wipers with de-icer function.

Select the Advanced Technology Package and you find 5-door Smart Key with auto unlock function, hands-free and foot-activated power liftgate, bird’s eye view camera and Qi wireless smartphone charging.

The available panoramic glass roof extends light to both the front and rear seating areas. This is a very popular option with many potential buyers.

Adaptive front headlight system with auto leveling headlights is the final option available from the factory.

Time for your thoughts on 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

I would like to know if you currently own a Toyota RAV4 either in gasoline or hybrid form. If so, what trim level did you buy and how is it working for you? How many miles and what gas mileage do you normally see?

Are you going to be in the market soon for a new SUV, and if so, will RAV4 be on your short list for consideration?

Also, are you sold on owning a hybrid? If not, what things have you concerned and are holding you back?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I talk about 2021 Camry SE updates.

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Brandon (not verified)    April 17, 2021 - 7:45AM

I have a 2021 Rav4 Hybrid XSE, and after 3k miles I am starting to HATE it.

There is constantly power being sent to the rear wheels for NO reason. (i.e. low speed, straight-dry-roads, very easy acceleration) Also the engine always wants to send power to the front wheels. I easily use to be able to "baby" the accelerator before so that only the battery provided power. I seriously am regretting buying this car.