The best-selling small SUV in the country has added a new wrinkle for 2021. Toyota RAV4 was just redesigned a couple years ago, so no big changes were necessary. But there were a couple changes.
RAV4 TRD Off-Road got a new front skid plate. Many off-roading adventurers are thanking you for this. It is essential to protect our vehicle underside from rocks and brush and stumps and whatever else may lie in our path.
Toyota also introduced a new trim level. It is new but also familiar (if that makes any sense).
2021 RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid in Midnight Black
Introducing 2021 RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid.
2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offered four different trim levels for the 2020 model year. They have added a fifth one for 2021 – RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid. You may have already seen it around your local dealerships.
2021 RAV4 XLE Hybrid in Blueprint color
You may have also seen this same grade in RAV4 XLE Premium gasoline-only version.
Now we have a full lineup: LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, Limited and XSE.
How is XLE Premium Hybrid different from XLE Hybrid, though? They sound so similar. Time to compare features, value and price.
2021 RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid
If both trim levels initially sound nearly the same, it is because for the most part they are. Except, of course, for a few important upgrades. And the price.
RAV4 XLE Hybrid fabric seats
First, RAV4 XLE Hybrid comes standard with fabric seats. XLE Premium upgrades to SofTex seating. SofTex is often compared to leather. It is thought to be lighter, more durable, more environmentally friendly, easier to clean and cooler than leather. I find both are good choices.
RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid SofTex seats
Next, Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid does not come standard with a power moonroof, although it can be upgraded with an optional package. XLE Premium Hybrid has this moonroof standard.
If a height-adjustable power liftgate is important to you, consider a RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid. This practical feature is standard here. XLE Hybrid does not come with this, but it can also be added through an option package (learn more below).
Wheel size and appearance is important to many buyers, and this trim comparison offers two different choices. RAV4 XLE Hybrid features 17-inch 5-spoke silver alloy wheels. You will find larger 18-inch 5-spoke SuperChrome alloy wheels on Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid.
RAV4 XLE Hybrid wheels vs XLE Premium Hybrid wheels
RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid Price
Pricing will play an important part in your decision on what RAV4 Hybrid is best for you and your family.
A 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid has a factory MSRP of $29,795. RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid starts at $32,500. This is a difference of $2,705.
So, think about this when considering value. For about $2,700 you are adding in upgraded seats, moonroof, power liftgate and wheels.
VIDEO: Compare 2021 RAV4 XLE Hybrid vs RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid in my video review.
I consider this to be a solid upgrade and it makes sense both in value and added overall cost. What do you think?
Let me muddy the waters a little.
Convenience Package is available on a 2021 RAV4 XLE Hybrid and it includes both power moonroof and power liftgate. This cost is $1,265.
Adding in the Convenience Package to XLE Hybrid factory MSRP closes this gap between trims to $1,440. Interesting.
This $1,440 difference to go from XLE Hybrid with Convenience Package to XLE Premium Hybrid is for the upgrade to SofTex seats and wheels. Now what is your choice?
Time for your thoughts on 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Thanks for reading everyone. Do you have currently own a RAV4 or RAV4 Hybrid and how is it going so far? How many miles do you have and what type of gas mileage are you generally seeing?
What is your interest level in a RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid?
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss the top 5 best selling Toyota hybrids for 2020.
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