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RAV4 Hybrid Was Toyota’s Best-Selling Hybrid in March. You Will Not Believe Second Place

A closer look at Toyota March hybrid sales reveals a surprising competitor to 2021 RAV4 Hybrid.

It probably will come as no surprise to many people who love Toyota vehicles that RAV4 Hybrid outsold all other Toyota hybrids last month.

March sales show buyers chose 2021 RAV4 Hybrid 11,692 times. This was tops in the growing Toyota hybrid lineup.

This certainly makes sense, too, as Toyota RAV4 itself is the top-selling small SUV in the country and has been for several years running. This is thanks in large part to the tremendous popularity of RAV4 Hybrid.

Another Toyota hybrid competitor to RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Blueprint profile view front end
2021 RAV4 XSE Hybrid in Blueprint

For all of 2020 calendar year, Highlander Hybrid was the second-best selling Toyota hybrid behind RAV4 Hybrid.

Not anymore.

The entirely redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid placed just behind RAV4 Hybrid. In fact, it sold only 58 less vehicles in March (11,634) than RAV4 Hybrid.

Not bad for “the newest kid on the block.”

2021 Toyota Sienna

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2021 Toyota Sienna in Sunset Bronze Mica

Launching an entirely new generation Sienna as all-hybrid was a risky choice by Toyota.

Many loyal Toyota Sienna owners and fans could have initially turned their backs on the brand for offering 2021 Sienna as an “only-hybrid.”

However, this does not seem to be the case at all. And for good reason, too.

I have reviewed 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid many times on my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel and have formed pretty strong opinions of my own.

YOU MAY ENJOY: Compare 2021 Toyota Sienna LE vs XLE in my video review.

Sienna Hybrid is available in five different trim levels – LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum. All five trims are offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

Having this all-wheel drive option for all grades should appeal to people who plan on driving where there is a high probability of snowier or rainier weather.

Also, owners can plan on a large jump in fuel economy compared to last year’s Sienna entry – up to 36 miles per gallon combined now.

I find 2021 Sienna drives smooth and quiet and has good acceleration.

I encourage you to try Toyota Sienna Hybrid for yourself to see if it is a good fit for you and your family.

Time for your Toyota comments

Of course, choosing a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a solid choice for many people who are looking to go the SUV route.

At 40mpg combined, concerns over gas prices can be alleviated a little with RAV4 Hybrid.

What do you think?

Which Toyota hybrid vehicle would you pick if you had your choice? Would you go RAV4 Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid? Maybe Sienna Hybrid, or 2021 Venza, or Prius, or Prius Prime or RAV4 Prime?

Perhaps the Mirai.

On a side but similar note, I get this question a lot about what I own. I drive a 2021 Venza Limited. And I LOVE it.

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss why Toyota has not revealed any 2022 Tundra details yet.

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When will Toyota make it so you can take the second row out? Also, can you get an XLE with cloth seats?
Only LE comes with cloth, but you lose the moonroof and other minor trim details, but standard safety and technology is the same. You can always have cloth installed with the dealer on XLE! As far as removable seats in the future, that mostly depends on consumer demand.
Only LE comes with cloth, but you lose the moonroof and other minor trim details, but standard safety and technology is the same. You can always have cloth installed with the dealer on XLE! As far as removable seats in the future, that mostly depends on consumer demand.
You forgot to mention the corolla hybrid!
All my family was looking for, to trade in our old Sienna, was a plug-in hybrid model. Since Toyota refuses to offer one, we're looking at other options including waiting for the cybertruck to be released. I would buy a plug-in model tomorrow if I could. We're a Toyota family but may be forced to change for our next car.
As an EV owner, the RAV4 Prime is the only one of those cars that appeals to me, but then once you know the convenience of being able to plug in at home and not use gas except for on road trips, you may realize it's the only real choice.
The only real choice for you.
I purchased a RAV4 hybrid 2016. Worst purchase I ever made. Vehicle felt cheap, rattled, difficult to drive. Even with the leather seats, it was an absolute pain to ride in more than 80 minutes. Sold it, at a huge loss, but I was happy to get rid of it. I currently drive a 2017 Ford CMax Energi. It is only temporary, while I look for a 2006-2008 Lexus RX400h, but it isn't bad. The Ford is certainly much more comfortable than the Rav4, and built a lot better, but I am look forward to the seat comfort of the Lexus. Never another Toyota.
I bought the 21 Sienna. Gas mileage at Highway speeds is 29-30. I removed 2nd row and one rear otherwise the function is horrible if you need to move something around.. the air bag sensor light stays lit and message to see the dealer.. Makes you wonder what is Toyota doing here by trying to destroy the utility of this van? One would think that maybe Toyota US was hijacked by the other US automakers ......