New Model News

2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric SUV teased ahead of L.A. Auto Show debut

Toyota is adding a new RAV4 grade to its lineup for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Toyota

Toyota has promised that it will sell 17 electrified models in the U.S. by 2025 and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV is expected to fill one of those slots. The Plano, Texas-based automaker will announce the arrival of the model at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 20.

When it debuts, the RAV4 plug-in will be featured with a Supersonic Red paint job, which Toyota said is designed to showcase the model's performance chops. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is currently the top-performing compact SUV in the lineup with 176 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid gets 41 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 39 mpg combined.

It is likely that the charging port on the 2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV will be located on the opposite side of the vehicle from the SUV's gasoline fuel filler door, as it is in the Toyota Prius Prime.

Toyota says that Toyota Hybrid sales are up 150 percent since the debut of the redesigned model late last year, exceeding expectations.

Alongside the image and info tease, Toyota announced that they will be selling the 2021 RAV4 PHEV with a 10-year/150,000-mile battery warranty and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on other hybrid components. Hybrid components include the hybrid battery control module, hybrid control module, and the inverter with converter.

Those warranties will not just be for the original vehicle purchaser. They will extend onto future owners of the vehicle, in perpetuity, until their timelines have expired.

Toyota will livestream the debut from the L.A. Auto Show and AutomotiveMap will be there in-person to cover it live from the show floor.

Trending News

 
 

Electric sports car

Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

Porsche

The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

Trending News

 
 

The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

Toyota

The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Trending News