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Toyota RAV4 2021 review, pricing, premium specifications

Toyota RAV4 2021 review

Toyota RAV4 2021 Overview

Toyota RAV4 2021 offers something for almost everyone. The base LE base covers the economical end of the spectrum while the well-equipped Limited Off-Road and TRD models offer massive amounts of equipment aimed at two very different types of buyers, Toyota RAV4 review 2021

Toyota RAV4 2021
Toyota RAV4 2021


Toyota RAV4 comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard but four-wheel drive is optional on LE, XLE, XLE Premium and Limited models, and it is standard on Adventure and TRD Off-Road models


The Toyota RAV4 2021's square-jaw appearance is inspired by the 4Runner SUV and the Tacoma truck, but the vehicle-based construction provides a smoother ride than either of these trucks


Toyota has made only one change to the RAV4 for the 2021 model year: Blizzard Pearl replaces Super White on the color palette. A plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime joins the lineup, and the hybrid model gets a new XLE Premium trim; we review the two hybrid models separately


  • What is new in Toyota RAV4 for 2021?

Toyota made only one change to the RAV4 for 2021: the Blizzard Pearl replaced the Super White on its color palette. The RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid joins the lineup, and the hybrid model gets a new XLE Premium; We review the two hybrid models separately

Toyota RAV4 pricing 2021


Pounds: $ 27,000
XLE: $ 28,000
XLE Premium: $ 31,000
Adventure: $ 34.00
Limited: $ 36,000
TRD off-road: $ 37,000

Engine, transmission and performance for 2021 Toyota RAV4


The 2021 RAV4 uses a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive remains standard, but Toyota now offers a choice of four-wheel drive systems, depending on the model. The Adventure we drove was equipped with a four-wheel drive system that can disconnect the rear axle as needed to improve fuel economy. On our test track, the RAV4 proved faster than its predecessor: we recorded a 60 mph time of 8.0 seconds with the 2019 model and 8.3 seconds with the 2018 model

2021 Toyota RAV4



The four cylinders can be noisy, especially during highway traffic attempts, and the transmission on our test car seemed to falter when called to change gear. The RAV4 Hybrid - reviewed separately - was up to 7.4 seconds faster than the 60 mph in our hands. The RAV4 feels solid and stable when sailing on the highway and holds its own when positioned on a twisty part of the road, but it doesn't inspire the same confidence our favorite Mazda CX-5 has


  • Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The RAV4 earned class-competitive fuel-economy estimates from the EPA. Front-wheel-drive RAV4s can manage up to an estimated 35 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive Adventure delivered 32 mpg for us on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route, 1 mpg shy of the EPA's estimated rating for that trim. That puts it neck and neck with the Honda CR-V and represents a huge improvement over the 2018 Adventure model (which managed only 25 mpg), but it is outdone by the Volkswagen Tiguan, which delivered 33 mpg


Interior of Toyota RAV4 2021

Inside, the RAV4 prioritizes ergonomics and massive storage. A useful shelf extends over the dashboard and complements the large center console. The version we tested had a mixture of soft-touch surfaces and gentle plastic. The base stand, called LE, is very simple and comes with fabric seats, a plastic steering wheel, and manual single-zone climate control. On the upcoming XLE, Toyota offers quite a few perks, but there's a lot to like about the XLE Premium, including faux-leather upholstery, the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, padded and padded dashboard and the center console armrest. The RAV4's rear seats are easy to store and fold almost flat, opening the cabin for cargo. We put 10 handbags behind the seat and 22 folded up. The Nissan Rogue matches the RAV4 here, but the Subaru Forester beat it by one on each gauge


Infotainment and Connectivity

Lower trims come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but an 8.0-incher can be had starting at the XLE level. The infotainment system includes a 4G LTE mobile hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. A JBL premium audio system, navigation, and a wireless charging pad for a smartphone are optional. If you opt for a trim level without nav, don't fret. All other models come with Scout GPS Link, which allows compatible smartphones to display a map and turn-by-turn directions to the dashtop screen

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the RAV4 a five-star rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+. The RAV4 lineup boasts an array of standard driver assists. Buyers also can add blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross-traffic alert, but those features cost extra on the base model. Key safety features include

  1.  Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  2.  Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  3.  Standard adaptive cruise control