Toyota has introduced the addition of yet one more trim stage to its RAV4 Hybrid lineup for the 2021 mannequin 12 months. 

The RAV4 Hybrid XLE Premium begins at $33,675, after the $1,175 vacation spot cost, and it sits between the XLE and XSE and in the preferred portion of the lineup. 

All of the RAV4 Hybrid variations obtain an EPA-rated 40 mpg mixed, 41 metropolis, and 38 freeway. Over multiple drives, we’ve simply averaged mid-30s, and its good floor clearance and all-wheel drive makes it well-suited to snowy locations or heading out to weekend adventures. 

The XLE Premium provides a protracted listing of options to satisfy an tools stage that’s standard in gasoline variations—together with an influence moonroof, LED projector headlights, fog lamps, dual-zone computerized local weather management, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a wise key system, energy liftgate, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite tv for pc radio plus Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Whereas that may appear insignificant, it’s one other signal that Toyota is taking additional motion to shift hybrids into the mainstream and make them the core of its U.S. lineup, not a distinct segment. And right here it’s particularly change-making, because the RAV4 is among the best-selling autos within the U.S. market and the RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s top-selling hybrid

For 2021, you may get a hybrid model of any RAV4 construct aside from the Journey and Off Street (or front-wheel-drive) fashions, and it is positioned basically as an inexpensive powertrain improve. 

The Hybrid comes solely in all-wheel drive (AWD) type and begins at $29,675 for the bottom LE, which is simply $1,050 greater than a comparable non-hybrid RAV4 with AWD. Its main rival might be the Honda CR-V Hybrid, which begins barely decrease than that, and the Ford Escape Hybrid, additionally priced very intently. All three fashions return an EPA mixed score within the neighborhood of 40 mpg.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The RAV4 Hybrid continues to be supplied in a flagship, Hybrid-exclusive XSE mannequin that provides the mannequin a sportier taste all through, with a stiffer suspension, a particular two-tone paint scheme that pairs a black roof with contrasting colours, and a black-and-blue inside theme.

Though Toyota’s making hybrids more available than ever, one bottleneck stays. The RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, which as we see it’s the finest mannequin within the lineup, has been onerous to search out because it began reaching dealerships this summer season. And in case you can declare the EV tax credit score and state incentives apply, it could cost less than a comparable RAV4 Hybrid. Toyota has confessed that this mannequin is in very tight provide by means of the 12 months, and provide won’t meet demand despite the fact that 2021.