2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid highlights

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  • Generous amount of cargo space
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Nippy acceleration


  • Potentially uncomfortable front passenger seat
  • Dated feel to the infotainment interface
  • Mushy brakes and vague steering

Mileage (EPA estimate)

41 city, 38 highway, 40 combined

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What is new for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

  • The RAV4 Hybrid is available in a new trim called the XLE Premium.
  • RAV4 Hybrid trims have been upgraded with Leatherette & Cloth as standard equipment this year.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid trims

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  • 219-hp, 163-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Traction Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Power Mirrors
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear Defroster
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

1. Two options for your green lifestyle

If you're looking to lighten your footprint while still having plenty of space, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 offers a great solution—two of them in fact. Choose between the RAV4 Hybrid, or the plug-in hybrid version: the Prime. Both have their benefits, but if you've been toying with the idea of going electric but aren't quite ready to take the plunge, the Prime is a great choice. It has an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 42 miles on a full charge.

 That's enough to do most of your errands or daily commuting without needing to stop for gas.

2. New mid-range trim

Are you torn between getting all the bells and whistles, and wanting an interior that can handle kids and pets? If so, you'll appreciate the new Hybrid XLE Premium trim. This mid-range trim has flashy features like a standard sunroof and SofTex®-trimmed seats. Plus, it adds standard driver-assist features like rear cross-traffic monitoring.

3. Room for adventures

When you load up the family for a day at the beach or a weekend in the mountains, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will have plenty of space for all your gear. The vehicle has 37.5 cu-ft of cargo space behind the second row of seats. If you fold the second row down, you'll have nearly 70 cu-ft of cargo space, which is more than enough for some epic adventures.

4. Strong acceleration

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a practical vehicle in many ways, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. The hybrid comes with a 177-hp 2.5L four-cylinder gas engine, plus additional electric power to give it a total of 219 hp combined. This standard hybrid powertrain delivers peppy acceleration that will add some thrill to your day-to-day driving. If you like to feel a little more power behind the wheel, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Prime is for you. With upgraded electrical motors, the Prime has a total of 302 hp and can zip from zero to 60 in just 5.5 seconds.

5. Standard driver assist

If you like a bit of extra peace of mind on the road, you'll enjoy the standard driver-assist features on the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. All models come standard with Toyota's suite of driver assist features, including emergency braking, lane keep assist, and road sign recognition. Additional driver assist features including rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and park assist are available on higher trims.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

8 customer reviews

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid features and specs

Limited 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Rear Defroster

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