The country’s top selling small SUV is adding to its family this year.
So why would Toyota not add to its wildly popular 2021 RAV4 lineup? Oh, that is right, it did.
New 2021 RAV4 Hybrid
Toyota currently offers four RAV4 Hybrid grades for the 2020 model year. Buyers can choose from LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, Limited Hybrid and XSE Hybrid.
Look for a new choice for 2021.
Introducing the 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid.
Yes, the RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid. This may sound familiar, as this trim level is currently offered in 2020 RAV4 gasoline models. It is positioned in the market between RAV4 XLE and RAV4 Limited trims.
Now, potential buyers can still get the features they want, but with excellent gas mileage as well.
2021 RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid performance
Fuel estimates should come in at 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. With a fuel tank of 14.5 gallons, drivers can expect a driving range of around 580 to 594 miles before needing to refuel.
RAV4 Hybrids utilize both a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motors to produce 219 combined hybrid horsepower. 2020 RAV4 XLE Premium gasoline versions achieve 203 horsepower, so this increase in power should please new owners.
VIDEO: Compare 2020 RAV4 XLE vs RAV4 XLE Premium in my video review.
RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid (or RAV4 Hybrid XLE Premium, as some people call it) uses an electronic continuous variable transmission. It employs an electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system as well.
2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid features
One of the biggest appeals for buying a 2020 RAV4 XLE Premium over an XLE is the addition of useful features such as power moonroof, SofTex seating and power back liftgate.
These are also standard on the new 2021 RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid.
Look for 18-inch super chrome alloy wheels, LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, and a power driver’s seat.
New owners can also look forward to smart key push button start, 7-inch multimedia touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 5 USB ports and dual zone temperature controls.
Other 2021 RAV4 News and Notes
Pricing for 2021 RAV4 has not been made available at this time. Since there are no major refresh or redesign plans for 2021, I expect price increases of only one hundred to a few hundred dollars from 2020 offerings. A guess may be XLE Premium Hybrid will have a factory MSRP starting between $32,000 and $33,000.
New 2021 RAV4 inventory should begin reaching local Toyota dealerships later this month in September and into October.
Time for your thoughts on 2021 Toyota RAV4
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