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What to Expect from the New XLE Premium Grade for the 2021 RAV4 Hybrid

Posted at Fri, Oct 16, 2020 9:00 AM

The fifth generation Toyota RAV4 is indisputably going to shake things up in 2021 with a bold new addition: The XLE Premium hybrid model. Given how rapidly hybrid and full electric powertrains are becoming popular, it is not really a surprise that as one of the leading hybrid automakers, Toyota has ramped up their game this way. The XLE Premium Hybrid is based on the non-hybrid RAV4, but even though it is a hybrid, it still offers all the versatility, functionality, and reliability you would expect from the RAV4 line, along with a considerable increase in fuel efficiency. Curious to know more? Then read on! Our team here at Westbury Toyota has put together everything you need to know about this exciting development.

XLE Premium Specs

Under the hood of this hybrid you can expect to find a 2.5 liter (L) four-cylinder engine that’s aided by two electric motors, and together they have a combined output of 219 horsepower (hp). The XLE Premium comes with standard all-wheel drive (AWD), wherein one of the electric motors is powering the rear wheels and the other electric motor, together with the gas engine, powers the front wheels. Also standard is the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

This hybrid is not only more efficient than the other non-hybrid versions, but it is also faster. As Toyota reports, ,it was capable of doing zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in only 7.4 seconds, compared to the gas model’s 8 seconds. The electric motor of the XLE Premium gives drivers a noticeable amount of get-up-and-go, which is probably most obvious when cruising city streets because the electric motor has immediate power delivery. In other words, this makes transitioning from stop to go a lot more exciting.

Mileage and Economy

The comparison between the XLE Hybrid Premium and the gas powered AWD RAV4 reveals that the former boasts far better efficiency. As estimated by the EPA, it should achieve 41 mpg when driving in the city, 38 mpg when cruising the highway, and 40 mpg combined, reports the writers of Car and Driver. This puts it ahead of the normal RAV4 by 14, 5, and 11 mpg in each category. This efficiency is brought about by the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II), which works in sync with the engine to ensure incredible performance and mileage.

A Plethora of Features

Being as the XLE Hybrid Premium is new to the RAV4 lineup, it would not do to let it be released without all the bells and whistles drivers and passengers could possibly need. To that end, you can expect to find the following:

  • Power moonroof
  • 4.2-inch digital Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Telescopic/tilt 3-spoke steering wheel with leather trim, silver accents, and audio controls
  • Projector LED auto on/off, Automatic High Beam headlights with chrome bezels
  • 18-inch, 5-spoke sport alloy wheels with chrome finishing

That’s not all, either. To give you the utmost in comfort, the XLE Hybrid Premium comes with SofTex-trimmed seats (5 passenger), along with a driver’s seat that is 8-way power adjustable and has lumbar support. The front passenger seat is 4-way adjustable and comes with a pocket on the seatback.

In terms of convenience, Toyota has you covered. You can expect to find 5 USB ports in the XLE, as well as a Smart Key, and power back door. There’s also a 7-inch color touchscreen with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility, a USB media port, Bluetooth wireless music streaming, and hands-free phone.

The Next Level Hybrid

The RAV4 is already one of Toyota’s most renowned vehicles, and the addition of the 2021 XLE Hybrid Premium will only increase its popularity. The XLE has everything you would expect from the RAV4 line, but gives you impressive mileage and efficiency, which means you’ll see considerable savings when you’re at the fuel pump. If you would like to know more about the RAV4 Hybrid, do not hesitate to call us or pay us a visit here at Westbury Toyota. We would be more than happy to fill you in with everything you want to know.

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