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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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This 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 is one of one.

Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Three vintage Aston Martins will be part of the first Silverstone Auctions sale of the year on March 5-6, 2021. The three models represent some of the rarest Astons in the world. Let's take a closer look.

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5

This car (seen above at the top of the page) is one of just 50 Series 5 DB4 saloons built prior to the arrival of the DB5, and it was one of the last ones off the line. The left-hand drive car retains its original engine and gearbox, and is finished in its original specification of Aegean Blue over White Gold.

The car is well-traveled. It was originally delivered new to California and comes to its new owner with an Aston Martin Assured Provenance document.

If it looks familiar, Bond fans, that's because it was a DB4 Series 5 Vantage that was used in filming "Goldfinger".

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage

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This is one of only 71 DB6 Mk2s that was equipped with the Vantage engine straight from the factory when new. Making it more rare is the fact that it is a right-hand drive saloon with a factory fitted manual gearbox. Those factors make it a one of one.

This chassis has been presented in multiple concours, had several successes with the Aston Martin Owners Club, and has undergone a significant engine overhaul by Aston Martin Works. It's finished in British Racing Green.

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2

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Lots of special attention courtesy of Aston Martin Works has made this 1969 DB6 a model worth taking a second look at for enthusiasts looking to invest. A history file of the car detailing all the work done includes notes regarding a full interior retrim, which was conducted at the same factory where the car was originally built.

The model was originally delivered new to Halesowen in October 1969. The car's original Celeste Blue metallic paint job was accompanied by a dark blue Connolly hide interior (bodywork is now finished in dark blue). It was supplied with the optional two front seat belts when new.

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The new Porsche Boxster 25 years celebrates the anniversary of the convertible's debut.

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Twenty eight years ago, a convertible concept car made its debut at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. The production version of that car launched in 1996 with hardly any changes. It was the Porsche Boxster. Now it its fourth generation, Porsche has sold more than 357,000 of the coupes.

To commemorate the anniversary, Porsche is selling the Boxster 25 years, a limited edition model that takes design notes from the original Boxster and applies them to the current edition. All Boxster 25 years models are based on the Boxster GTS.

Porsche Boxster 25 Years

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The model features a copper-like shimmering brown Neodyme paint color in the front apron, side air intakes with mono bar, lettering, and two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels. The original car was colored GT Silver Metallic and the special edition will be offered in that paint color as well as Deep Black Metallic and Carrara White Metallic.

Porsche script is featured own the fuel filler cap and there are high-gloss tailpipes on the car's sport exhaust system. The windscreen surround is finished in a contrasting black color.

The Bordeaux leather interior sits below a red fabric convertible top that bears the Boxster 25 lettering. Both are also available in black. The car's cabin also has an interior package in Aluminum, 14-way electrically adjustable sports seats, door sill trims with "Boxster 25" lettering, and the heated GT multifunction sports leather steering wheel.

Each model is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that has a top speed of 182 mph. There's a PDK gearbox and standard Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Suspension Management sports suspension, and Porsche Torque Vectoring with mechanical limited-slip differential.

The Boxster 25 years is available to order now and will roll into dealerships from the end of March 2021. Just 1,250 units will be allocated.

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