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2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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2021 LE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,500
2021 LE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,900
2021 XLE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,795
2021 XLE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,195
2021 XLE Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,900
2021 XSE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,850
2021 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,430
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What's New

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid receives a new XLE Premium trim that fills the gap between the mainstream XLE and the more luxurious Limited trims. Otherwise, the RAV4 Hybrid moves on unchanged.

Choosing Your Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The RAV4 Hybrid is available in five trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, XSE, and Limited. Pricing starts at $29,675 including destination for the base LE model and reaches $38,205 for the range-topping Limited.

Engine Choices

The RAV4 Hybrid is equipped with Toyota’s familiar and very efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, with one at the front axle and one at the rear. The system can seamlessly transition between electric-only, gas-only, or utilize both power sources for a combined output of 219 horsepower.

It can also vary which axles (front, rear, or both) are engaged to help with acceleration and energy recuperation while the continuously variable transmission keeps the engine’s droning to a minimum during acceleration. Speaking of which, the RAV4 Hybrid is estimated to be about a second faster to 60 mph than the gas-only model.

Under the right conditions (low speed, easy acceleration, and sufficient battery power level) the RAV4 Hybrid can be locked into EV mode which ideal for traffic jams or motoring about in the city. While your fuel efficiency score will vary, the EPA-estimated 41 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway, and 40 combined rating is 12 points better and about $350 less expensive annually in fuel cost than the standard RAV4. Its 14.5-gallon fuel tank affords a bladder-busting range of 580 miles.

The RAV4 Hybrid’s ground clearance is likely sufficient for most adventures at 8.1 inches and trailer towing capacity is 1,750 pounds, which is par for the class.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The RAV4 Hybrid is similar dimensionally to the Honda CR-V Hybrid with a length of 180.9 inches, a wheelbase of 105.9 inches, and a width of 73 inches. The interior is a different story, where the RAV4 Hybrid’s 37.8 inches of rear leg room and 39.5 inches of rear head room aren’t as spacious.

The same goes for the cargo area with 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 69.8 cubic feet with them folded.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Safety Features

As with all Toyota models, the RAV4 Hybrid includes a healthy list of active safety technology features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, road sign assist, and a one-year subscription to Safety Connect which can automatically notify authorities in case of a collision. Blind-spot monitoring is available for $590 on the base LE trim and standard on all others.

The RAV4 has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.


The base LE trim is well equipped (especially for a base model) with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, SiriusXM, and wi-fi with a 3-month trial period, all controlled through a 7-inch touchscreen.

The XLE gains additional USB ports, the XSE is equipped with a larger, 8-inch touchscreen and a 10-year Service Connect “trial” period, and the Limited trim is standard with a premium JBL 11-speaker audio system and navigation.

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LE - From $29,675

The LE trim carries a long list of notable standard features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, active grille shutters, black roof rails, and body-color door handles, and dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips (on a Hybrid!).

Inside, a 4.2-inch digital gauge cluster display, cloth seats with six-way adjustability for the driver, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, and a soft-touch dash with hand stitching give the impression of being more than just a base trim level.

XLE - From $30,970

The XLE gains several convenience features such as proximity entry, automatic headlights, fog lights, variable-speed wipers, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat but the XLE is probably most attractive for its newly available packages.

They include the Weather Package ($925) which adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a heated wiper parking area; the Convenience Package ($1,265) that includes a power tailgate and a sunroof; and the Audio Plus package which can be had with the Weather and/or the Convenience Package for an additional $990.

XLE Premium - From $33,675

The new XLE Premium trim includes 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, Softex leatherette seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and rear passenger air vents plus the features of the XLE Convenience Package.

The XLE Premium Weather Package ($1,075) adds to the XLE Weather Package with memory position seating and rain-sensing wipers. The Audio Plus with JBL Package is newly available for $1,570. The Advanced Technology Package adds to the Audio Plus with JBL Package with front and rear automatic parking assist, a digital rearview mirror, and a centrally-located and easy-to-use wireless charging pad for a total of $2,835.

XSE - From $36,000

The sportiest of the RAV4 lineup includes a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch black wheels, and a black painted lower front bumper, fog light trim, mirror housings, roof section, wheel arch trim, rocker panels, and a rear bumper that also sports a metallic gray insert.

Leather seats with blue fabric inserts, blue accent stitching, blue ambient lighting, and a black headliner bring the unique sporting touches inside. The XSE also features a 7-inch digital gauge cluster display, a digital rearview mirror, and the content of the Weather Package.

The stepping-stair level of optional packages starts with the JBL audio and Navigation Package for $1,620, to which the Weather and Technology Packages can be added for a sum of $2,635. Those features plus a panoramic sunroof can instead be selected for a total package cost of $3,135.

Limited - From $38,205

The Limited trim can be identified from the rest of the lineup by its chrome trim in the door handles, interior accent trim in brown, and standard memory seats.

The XLE’s Weather Package is enhanced with ventilated front seats and heated rear seats for $1,015 while the Technology Package now includes four-door (plus tailgate with kick-motion) proximity entry and a surround-view camera system for $2,040. The Weather and Technology Packages can be had with adaptive headlights ($2,455) or the panoramic sunroof ($2,540). For $2,955, the RAV4 can be equipped with it all.

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CarsDirect Tip

While each 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid trim level provides a notable increase of included and available features, the new XLE Premium with the Weather Package strikes us as the best combination of connected features, comfort, and, of course, efficiency.

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Expert Review

  • Good looks
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Same cargo space as regular RAV4
  • Low on head room
  • Seats aren't perfect
  • One-upped by RAV4 Prime
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Capability and cachet. If you’re looking for all-wheel-drive capability with reasonable fuel economy, your options are limited. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of the only choices.

The RAV4 Hybrid looks like a regular RAV4, and that’s a good thing in our eyes. Drawing inspiration from the Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Tacoma, the RAV4 Hybrid distinguishes itself from a sea of compact crossovers with a dramatic roofline and just the right amount of ruggedness.

It won’t off-road like the 4Runner, but every RAV4 Hybrid comes with standard all-wheel drive. The rear wheels are driven by their own electric motor, which disconnects when it isn’t needed to increase efficiency. The system adds significant weight, but it works well in inclement weather.

All-weather efficiency. The RAV4 Hybrid starts with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as the base RAV4. An 88-kW electric motor joins the fray for a total of 219 horsepower, 16 more than the gas-powered version. You can feel the extra pep under the pedal, and the torque from the electric motor is a blessing around town.

Fuel economy is predictably stellar: the EPA estimates that the RAV4 Hybrid achieves 40 miles per gallon combined. That’s excellent for a crossover. Toyota has more competition than they used to, however – the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape both offer hybrid powertrains with similar efficiency.

Like the regular RAV4, the RAV4 Hybrid isn’t a corner carver. It’s hampered slightly by the additional weight, but it remains comfortable and well behaved on the road.

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Compromises in the cabin. Unlike the new plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime, the RAV4 Hybrid doesn’t sacrifice any cabin space to the powertrain. This means it keeps the same cargo capacity as the conventional RAV4, with 37.6 cubic feet behind the second row. That’s good for the class, and better than CR-V and Escape hybrids.

The RAV4 Hybrid does, however, sacrifice some space to its roofline. Tall front-row passengers may wish for more head room, especially with the optional power moonroof.

Rear passengers get good head room and decent leg room, although the CR-V offers more. We’re more concerned with the seat bottoms, which are thinner than we’d like. It isn’t an issue in most circumstances, but comfort takes a hit on long trips.

Family friendly. The RAV4 Hybrid benefits from the same excellent safety technology as the rest of the brand’s lineup. Last year’s model earned a sterling report card from the IIHS, and we expect no different this year.

Combined with standard features like a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, that makes the RAV4 Hybrid a decent value for family buyers. It’s priced competitively against rivals from Ford and Honda, and the trim range is wide enough to accommodate most preferences (the XLE is our favorite).

Ironically, the RAV4 Hybrid’s biggest competition may come from within the family. The new RAV4 Prime starts close to $40,000, but if you qualify for the federal electric vehicle tax credit, it comes down into the ballpark of the RAV4 Hybrid. The Prime offers more power and decent electric-only driving range, which may make it the best of all worlds.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid improves on a popular formula without changing it much. This is the RAV4 you know and love – just with fewer stops at the gas pump.

Cabin space could be improved, but the stylish exterior is a worthy trade-off, and the rest of the formula works well. If you’re in the market for efficiency and practicality, the RAV4 Hybrid should be on the list.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not available yet
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 176 HP / 163 ft.lbs.
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
41 / 38 / 40 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 176 HP / 163 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
41 / 38 / 40 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
69.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volumn
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
180.9 "
Exterior Width
73.0 "
Exterior Height
67.0 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
39.5 "
Front Legroom
41.0 "
Rear Legroom
37.8 "
Front Shoulderroom
57.8 "
Rear Shoulderroom
56.4 "
Front Hiproom
54.3 "
Rear Hiproom
47.7 "
Curb Weight
3,710 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/body-color Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seatdirection Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth HandsFree
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tindted Windows
Vanity Mirros
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Roll Over Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Sideimpact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rearside Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Antilock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collission Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor W/lane Change Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Automatic High Beams (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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