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New 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium checks most the options boxes

Toyota is taking the RAV4 XLE Hybrid (shown above) and adding equipment to it to the model to make a new trim level.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Toyota is adding a new trim level to the RAV4 lineup for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium builds on the already-established RAV4 Hybrid Premium, adding a number of options desirable to buyers looking to check more options boxes.

The fifth-generation RAV4 was new for the 2019 model year. It hasn't had Manny enhancements since then with the company instead giving and taking just a little bit in the two subsequent model years. Since its debut, the RAV4 Hybrid has begin gathering more competition. The Ford Escape Hybrid and Honda CR-V Hybrid are hot on its sales heels.

2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium builds on the XLE Hybrid grade, shown above.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The 2021 RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium takes inspiration from the non-hybrid XLE Premium. It features LED projector headlights with chrome bezels, LED daytime running lights with accent lighting, and integrated fog lamps up front. The model rides on 18-inch five-spoke super-chrome-finished sport alloy wheels.

Each of the models gets a power moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control with a dust and pollen filter. The five seats are SofTex trimmed while the three-spoke steering wheel is leather-trimmed and features silver accents and audio controls. The driver's seat is eight-way power-adjustable with lumbar support. The front passenger seat is four-way adjustable.

The SUV has a 7.0-inch infotainment touch screen, Android Auto, AppleCarPlay, and Amazon Alexa. A six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, five USB ports and Smart Key come standard.

A power liftgate and automatic high beams are also included.

The XLE Hybrid Premium comes standard with all-wheel drive. It's powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that works in tandem with Toyoyta's hybrid system to achieve an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 40 mpg combined. All hybrid models have a continuously variable transmission.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Premium has a starting MSRP of $32,500.

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The 2023 Sequoia is all-new and a huge improvement over its predecessor.


The Toyota Tundra and Sequoia were two of the oldest vehicles on the market, but that's all different now. The new Tundra is already on the streets, and today Toyota released a load of specs and details on the all-new 2023 Sequoia. The full-size SUV gets a major update for the new model year with completely fresh styling, impressive new tech, and a powerful standard engine. We don't have pricing details yet, but Toyota says the 2023 Sequoia will be available starting in summer 2022.

2023 Toyota Sequoia In addition to new styling, the SUV gets a twin-turbo hybrid V6 powertrain and a load of updated tech.Toyota

Five trims of the Texas-built SUV will be offered: SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone. All 2023 Sequoia models get the impressive twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-Force Max engine from the all-new Tundra. It makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque, and sends it to the rear or all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain delivers a max towing rating of up to 9,000 pounds, which is a solid number and a massive increase over the previous Sequoia.

Toyota offers automatic-leveling air suspension and adaptive suspension settings with modes for Comfort, Sport S+, and Custom. The Sport drive modes also improve throttle response and changes transmission shift points. The electric motor handles most propulsion duties below 18 mph, but after that the gas engine steps in. The motor is constantly involved when the truck is in Tow/Haul mode.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro models get under-body cladding and beefier tires.Toyota

Similar to the high-end treatment given to the Tundra, Toyota will offer a Capstone trim for the new Sequoia that brings unique upholstery and trim materials, 22-inch chrome wheels, power side steps, American Walnut inlays, and more. That said, even the standard Sequoia SR5 offers plenty of standard gear. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, along with heated seats and more. An available Premium Package adds an enormous 14-inch infotainment display, power third-row seats, a hands-free liftgate, and additional power outlets.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 will also be standard for the SUV. The system includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and rear seat reminders. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts is also standard.

2023 Toyota Sequoia The new Capstone trim is a super-plush trim with an interior rivaling those in many luxury brands.

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Toyota teases new SUV that could be updated Sequoia

The teaser image gives zero detail on the new SUV.


Toyota recently retook the title of world’s largest automaker and has its sights set on refreshing some of its oldest models. The Tundra full-size pickup truck got the treatment late last year, and now we’re seeing teases of a new SUV from the auto giant. The image, released yesterday, is likely of a new Sequoia, which is based on the Tundra and is equally as overdue for a refresh.

2022 Toyota Sequoia If the tease is of a new Sequoia, it will replace the 15-year-old current-generation model.Toyota

After 15 years or so on sale in its current form, the Sequoia is old enough to earn a learner’s permit of its own at this point. All of its competitors offer newer and more intuitive technology, a larger variety of advanced safety gear, and more efficient powertrains. In the teaser, we can see a sharply chiseled rear quarter panel and shapely tail lights, but not much else. If it is a Sequoia, the styling marks a significant shift in the SUV’s outward appearance.

The shadowy image is the only tidbit Toyota has shared so far, but we can draw some information from the recently released Toyota Tundra pickup truck, with which the Sequoia typically shares a platform and powertrain elements. The all-new 2022 Tundra dropped the 5.7-liter V8 that powered it for years, in favor of a pair of twin-turbo V6 engines, one of which is a hybrid. That means we could see a new Sequoia with the same engines, delivering up to 479 horsepower.

2022 Toyota Sequoia We're likely to see a TRD off-road oriented model.Toyota

The new full-size SUV will likely also get some of the tech updates that Toyota bestowed upon the new Tundra. That could mean up to a 14-inch infotainment touchscreen with a new, more intuitive user interface and over-the-air updates. Refreshed safety features are almost certainly on the list of Sequoia changes as well.

Toyota hasn’t nailed down an official reveal date or any other information for the new SUV, but has said that more details are coming soon.

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