Toyota RAV4 gets new XLE Premium hybrid version for 2021

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The Toyota RAV4 lineup expands for 2021 as the company announced a new RAV4 Hybrid XLE Premium.

Designed to fit between the XLE and XSE trims, the XLE Premium starts at $ 32,500 and comes nicely equipped with LED headlights, a moonroof, and a power tailgate. The crossover also features a passive entry system and 18-inch alloy wheels with a “super chrome” finish.

Upon entering the cabin, drivers will find a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system and SofTex upholstery. Other highlights include the eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, push-button ignition, and a 4.2-inch multi-information display in the instrument panel. The model also has a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Also read: The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime starts at $ 38,100 – is faster and greener than originally expected

Elsewhere in the lineup, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road gets a new stainless steel front skid plate. It’s a welcome addition, as the model is touted as a trail-ready crossover with 8.6-inch (218mm) ground clearance, revised suspension, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires.

The versions join the RAV4 Prime which is new for 2021 and is the most powerful RAV4 ever created. It has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, lithium-ion battery, and a rear-mounted electric motor. This configuration allows the all-wheel-drive crossover to have a combined output of 302 hp (225 kW / 306 hp). The model can travel 68 km on electricity alone and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km / h) in about 5.7 seconds.

The 2021 RAV4 starts at $ 26,050 – excluding shipping, handling and handling charges of $ 1,175 – and is currently arriving at dealerships.

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