The most popular crossover around has been redesigned a couple of years ago but that doesn’t mean it’s done with novelties for this production cycle. The upcoming model year will be particularly interesting, as we are about to see a plug-in hybrid version of it, which will bring improvements in various aspects. This version will come as the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, and it will bring performances to a completely new level. Count on excellent acceleration, impressive fuel economy, decent all-electric range and much more.
Other than the new plug-in hybrid version, things will remain largely the same. This means you may count on two familiar powertrain options, familiar design, and upscale interior. Also, count on a pretty long list of standard equipment, especially in terms of safety systems. The new version is expected to hit the market this summer, while other models probably won’t arrive that soon, but rather in the last quarter of the year.
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
Without any doubt, the biggest novelty for the next year will be 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. This will be a plug-in hybrid version of the popular crossover, which will bring a lot of interesting novelties. When it comes to the powertrain, you may count on a familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but on more powerful electric motors. Also, the two kinds of power sources will be synchronized in a much better way, so it’s no wonder that the new version will feature a pretty impressive output of 302 horsepower.
With such power, you may expect nothing but excellent performances. The new version will need just 5.8 seconds to hit 60 mph, while you may also count on 39 miles of all-electric range. Finally, count on an average fuel economy of 40 mpg combined. Another thing we should mention is Toyota’s typical 10-year or 150.000-mile warranty.
2021 Toyota RAV4 Redesign
The rest of the lineup will carry on in the same way, which means you may count on typical design characteristics. Of course, we are talking about a layout that is based on a new TNGA architecture, which ensures pretty nice driving characteristics, both in terms of comfort and handling. Also, there is a new styling, which makes this small crossover look better than ever.
On the insider, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 will also continue in the same, which is great, considering that the current cabin looks really nice. Moreover, it looks pretty upscale, both in terms of aesthetics and materials’ quality. Both rows are generous in terms of leg and headroom, while the cargo area is decent as well. You may count on about 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and nearly 70 cubic feet of the overall cargo space. Those are above-average numbers for the class.
Each year’s model comes with a couple of additions in terms of standard equipment, so we may expect the same thing from 2021 Toyota RAV4 as well. However, we don’t expect to see too many novelties, so most of the things will remain the same. In practice, this means that base models will come standard with goodies like a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, Bluetooth etc. In higher trims, you can also get goodies like navigation, 11-speaker JBL premium stereo, wireless device charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, a household-style power outlet, a moonroof and many more.
When it comes to safety, you can be sure that the upcoming model will shine as always. This means a whole bunch of things comes standard, including goodies like a pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high-beam headlights. This suite also includes lane trace assist. Additionally, you can get blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, surround-view parking camera system, rain-sensing windshield wipers etc.
2021 Toyota RAV4 Engines
Besides the new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, next year’s model will carry on with two familiar engine options. The base version will carry on with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which delivers 203 horsepower and comes in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission. Driving dynamics are more than decent, while the fuel economy is at a high level at the same time, as you may count on about 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
The hybrid version is good for about 219 horsepower and also delivers pretty strong performances. Also, it offers pretty impressive mpg ratings. With this setup, the RAV4 returns around 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. These are some of the highest ratings in the class.
2021 Toyota RAV4 Release Date and Price
The new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime will hit the market this summer and the starting price should go in the low 30.000s. The rest of the lineup is expected to come in the last quarter of the year. Gasoline models start at around 25.500, while the hybrid model costs around 3.000 dollars more. Key competitors are models like Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, VW Tiguan etc.