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New Toyota RAV4 plug-in is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Toyota has introduced a new SUV for the 2021 model year, the RAV4 Prime.

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Toyota teased its plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) version of the RAV4 earlier this year when the new Mirai hydrogen-powered sedan debuted and now we have details on its name, range, and warranty.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime has debuted at the Lost Angeles Auto Show, showing off an exterior that is nearly identical to a traditional RAV4 save for different badging, special wheels, unique grille, and a power outlet.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime grilleToyota has given the model a unique grille design and badging with blue accents.Photo courtesy of Toyota

The SUV gets its power from a differently tuned version of the RAV4 Hybrid's 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine that is paired with a lithium-ion battery. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has 219 horsepower. Toyota is promising that the RAV4 Prime will add 83 horses to that, delivering 302 total horsepower.

Toyota is saying that the RAV4 Prime gets from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and it can drive 39 miles using only electricity. It boasts 90 combined MPGe.

The SUV comes standard with on-demand all-wheel drive.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime front driving faceThe RAV4 Prim and traditional RAV4 do not have many major differenced on the exterior or interior.Photo courtesy of Toyota

Toyota will sell the RAV4 Prime in SE and XSE trim levels. In addition to the aforementioned exterior differences, the SE model has standard heated front seats, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, 7-inch driver information display, blind spot monitoring, a leather steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching, power liftgate, and an 8-inch infotainment touch screen with Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Stepping up to the XSE trim level gets buyers a two-tone exterior paint scheme that pairs a black roof with select colors, 19-inch alloy wheels, vertical LED accent lights, paddle shifters, moonroof, SofTex synthetic leather seat surfaces, wireless smartphone charging, ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated garage door opener, and a 9-inch touch screen with navigation and the JBL speaker system.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime interior cabin screen center console wheelThe interior of the RAV4 Prime features many of the same characteristics as its gasoline-only counterpart.Photo courtesy of Toyota

Toyota will offer the SUV with an available Premium Package that adds premium audio, JBL speakers, perforated and ventilated SofTex front seats,a head-up display, heated rear SofTex outboard seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic moonroof, digital rear-view mirror, memory driver's seat, four-way power passenger seat, five-door SmartKey system, kick-type power rear liftgate, and Bird's Eye View Monitor.

Every RAV4 Prime comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance and safety technology.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime back rear tailToyota has given the RAV4 Prime unique available paint job color combinations.Photo courtesy of Toyota

Starting with the 2020 model year, every Toyota Hybrid Battery Warranty has been increased from 8 years or 100,000 miles to 10 years from original date of first use, or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime will arrive at dealerships in the U.S. in the summer of 2020.

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Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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