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PLANO, Texas (October 8, 2020) Very few vehicles have the capacity to be both a segment leader and a segment disruptor – but the fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 has managed to achieve just that. The latest RAV4 continues its bold leadership moves for 2021 by adding the XLE Premium model to the hybrid lineup at a starting MSRP of $32,500. Additionally, for the RAV4 TRD Off-Road, a new TRD-stamped stainless steel front skid plate has been added for 2021.
I cannot wait to test drive the RAV4 Prime. That’s all I kept saying. Why? Because If the hybrid is this good, the Prime must be amazing.
New for 2021: XLE Hybrid Premium
The XLE Premium grade includes:
- 18-in. 5-spoke super-chrome-finished sport alloy wheels
- Power Moonroof
- LED projector headlights with chrome bezels, Automatic High Beams and auto on/off
- LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with Accent Lighting*
- Integrated Fog Lamps
- Dual zone automatic climate control system with dust and pollen filter, front center vent flow controls and rear-seat vents
- Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel with silver accent and audio controls
- 5-passenger seating with SofTex®-trimmed seating surfaces
- 8-way power-adjustable front driver’s seat with lumbar support; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket
- 4.2-in. digital Multi-Information Display (MID)
Also a 7.0-in. touchscreen, six speakers, Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay® It also includes Amazon Alexa compatible. Combined with a a USB media port, four USB charge ports, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology. For it also includes a SiriusXM® with 3-month All Access trial subscription
New Skid Plate for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road Model
For model year 2021, the TRD Off-Road will also continue to echo the persona of Toyota’s legendary off-road racers. I loved this part. Made the thing look tougher. Like a Jeep moreover and strong.
Customers will also benefit from increased resistance against debris found on or off the road with this RAV4 first-ever front skid-plate.
The 8.6-inch ground clearance of the RAV4 Adventure.
So the TRD Off-Road goes above and beyond with suspension, wheels and tires engineered specifically for rugged trail driving. Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Driveline Disconnect is standard and supported by and a full complement of off-road handling technologies. To take more adventure equipment along, such as personal watercraft, dirt bikes or a small enclosed trailer, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road is rated to tow a trailer up to 3,500 pounds.
It’s TRD Off-Road suspension is engineered to enhance body control and small-bump isolation to help smooth out trails and rough city streets.
Exclusive red-colored coil springs are tuned for an off-road focus.
The 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road rolls on lighter and more rigid flow-formed 18×7-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels with Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires.
Finally, the tires use a unique tread is rugged and square-shoulder design helps protect against punctures. The tires are Severe Snow Rated. That’s with open shoulder grooving to shed debris, mud and snow.
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Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s assisted by two electric motors for a combined output of 219 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard—one of the electric motors powers the rear wheels and the second motor and the gasoline engine drive the fronts—as is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Not only is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid more efficient than the unelectrified model, it’s also quicker. It snapped off a 7.4-second 60-mph time in our hands while the gas-only model needed 8.0 seconds to perform the same task.
Drivers will feel that pep, too. I mean particularly around town, where the electric motor’s gratifyingly immediate power delivery gives it an extra shove when taking off from a stop. If you want even more performance, the Prime model is happy to oblige. In our testing, the RAV4 Prime skipped to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. Like the standard RAV4, the hybrid and Prime models’ handling is competent and its ride is comfortable, but don’t expect any cornering heroics here.