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New 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium checks most the options boxes

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Toyota is taking the RAV4 XLE Hybrid (shown above) and adding equipment to it to the model to make a new trim level.

Toyota is adding a new trim level to the RAV4 lineup for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium builds on the already-established RAV4 Hybrid Premium, adding a number of options desirable to buyers looking to check more options boxes.

The fifth-generation RAV4 was new for the 2019 model year. It hasn’t had Manny enhancements since then with the company instead giving and taking just a little bit in the two subsequent model years. Since its debut, the RAV4 Hybrid has begin gathering more competition. The Ford Escape Hybrid and Honda CR-V Hybrid are hot on its sales heels.

2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium

2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium builds on the XLE Hybrid grade, shown above.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The 2021 RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium takes inspiration from the non-hybrid XLE Premium. It features LED projector headlights with chrome bezels, LED daytime running lights with accent lighting, and integrated fog lamps up front. The model rides on 18-inch five-spoke super-chrome-finished sport alloy wheels.

Each of the models gets a power moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control with a dust and pollen filter. The five seats are SofTex trimmed while the three-spoke steering wheel is leather-trimmed and features silver accents and audio controls. The driver’s seat is eight-way power-adjustable with lumbar support. The front passenger seat is four-way adjustable.

The SUV has a 7.0-inch infotainment touch screen, Android Auto, AppleCarPlay, and Amazon Alexa. A six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, five USB ports and Smart Key come standard.

A power liftgate and automatic high beams are also included.

The XLE Hybrid Premium comes standard with all-wheel drive. It’s powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that works in tandem with Toyoyta’s hybrid system to achieve an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 40 mpg combined. All hybrid models have a continuously variable transmission.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium has a starting MSRP of $32,500.

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