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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 grille Toyota 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 face The 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 wheel The 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 tail Toyota 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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Toyota is mobilizing, putting its money where its mouth is to help Texas affected by severe winter weather.

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Winter Storm Uri impacted nearly every single one of Texas's 254 counties. North Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has pledged $1 million in relief for those affected by the storm. The aid is slated to serve both Toyota and Lexus customers and a variety of Texas-based non-profit organizations.

Over 60 Texas counties were part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recent Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX). It is currently categorized as an active disaster.

"We take our role as community leaders seriously, so when winter storms affected millions right in our back yard, our top priority became helping Texas get back on its feet after this ordeal," said Sean Suggs, group vice president of Social Innovation, TMNA. "Texans have supported our company in myriad ways, and we want to help our neighbors emerge from this storm stronger than ever."

The $1 million relief effort includes:

North Texas/DFW Metroplex

  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in support of North Texas Cares and West Dallas nonprofits to quickly distribute funds to grassroots organizations: $450,000
  • North Texas Food Bank: $100,000
  • The Family Place and Genesis Women's Shelter to fund hotel rooms, food, and transportation for their clients: $30,000
  • Toyota employees will be able to support the needs of four North Texas community partners significantly impacted by the storms by purchasing items from their Amazon Wish Lists.

San Antonio

  • SAWS Community Pipe Repair Fund, through the San Antonio Area Foundation to assist individuals and families stay in their homes safely with funds for plumbing repairs: $100,000
  • Let's Help SA Fund to provide food, water and shelter: $200,000

Houston

  • United Way of Greater Houston to support the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund that supports local home repairs: $50,000
  • Houston Food Bank: $50,000
  • CrowdSource Rescue to provide food, water and fuel: $20,000

Additionally, Toyota will match up to $10,000 in individual employee contributions to nonprofit organizations recovering from the storm.

Toyota and Lexus Financial Services customers who are looking for loan and lease payment relief, and were impacted by the storm, may be able to receive assistance under a new Toyota program that has a variety of options for clients.

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Toyota is offering its Lexus and Toyota financial services customers impacted by severe winter weather payment options to ease the burden of recovery.

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Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Lexus Financial Services (LFS) are offering payment relief options for Texas customers after by Winter Storm Uri. The storm, which struck earlier this month, killed dozens of Texans, left millions without power, and impacted the water supply for over 15 million homes.

Any TFS or LFS customer who lives in the designated disaster area is eligible for relief. Over 60 Texas counties were part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recent Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX). It is currently categorized as an active disaster.

There are a number of options for those that have leased or purchased vehicles utilizing the financial services and insurance arm of Toyota Motor Company. Some of those options include:

  • extensions and lease deferred payments;
  • redirecting billing statements; and
  • arranging phone or online payments.

Texas icicle sign Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on February 18, 2021 in Killeen, Texas.Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

TFS customers who would like to discuss their account options are encouraged to contact the company by calling 800-874-8822 or contact TFS via email using the Mail Center function after logging into ToyotaFinancial.com.

LFS customers may call 800-874-7050 or contact LFS via email using the Mail Center function after logging into LexusFinancial.com.

Houstonians are also able to receive additional relief for disaster-related issues. The Harris County Appraisal District announced that Houstonians whose home saw at least 15 percent damage and who live in a disaster-declared area are entitled to a temporary exemption of a portion of the appraised value of the property, according to CultureMap reporting.

Toyota isn't the only automaker stepping up. Ford has also offered to delay payments for Texans that owe money to its Ford and Lincoln financial services divisions.

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