Toyota RAV4 Trim Levels Review
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV that offers something for everyone. It’s great for the solo commuter, since it provides tons of cargo room, along with cutting-edge entertainment and connectivity features. It’s also beneficial for families, thanks to its seating for five and advanced safety systems. There are six standard trim levels to choose from, along with five hybrid trims. With so many options, how do you know which is right for you?
The team at Bob Tyler Toyota will help you decide with this Toyota RAV4 trim-levels review. Discover what each one has to offer, then contact us to take a test drive near Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, FL, or near Daphne, AL.
2021 Toyota RAV Trim Level Quick Facts
|Number of standard trims||6|
|Number of hybrid trims||5|
|Passenger volume||98.9 cubic feet|
|Cargo room (standard/maximum)||37.5 cubic feet/69.8 cubic feet|
Starting off the 2021 Toyota RAV4 lineup is the LE trim, which is also available as a hybrid.
This trim comes with a 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine that churns out 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. If you combine it with the electric motor, you get 219 combined net horsepower, along with an EPA-estimated 41 city/38 highway MPG.1
With that kind of fuel economy, you’ll no doubt want to spend all day on the road. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you and your loved ones are always safe. Thanks to Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0), you’ll have a suite of driver-assistive technology to alert you to things that may be amiss on the road.
Included in TSS 2.0 are features like:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
As a result, you can have peace of mind, knowing you’ll be protected at every turn.
Next up is the 2021 RAV4 XLE trim, which is available as a hybrid, too. It comes with the same performance specs as the previously mentioned trims, so you get a smooth and efficient ride to enjoy for hours on end.
These trims also come with:
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat/4-way adjustable front passenger’s seat
- Smart Key System with Push Button Start
If you want to warm up while your co-pilot wants to cool down, you can set individual temperature levels on the dual-zone system, so that you’re both comfortable. Add on the 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable front-passenger’s seat, and you’ll both be happy on any trip, no matter the length of it.
Plus, you can save time while utilizing the Smart Key System. The keyless entry system allows you to enter the vehicle without rummaging through your purse or pockets. When inside, the push of a button will ignite the engine and have you heading off to your destination as quickly as possible.
The Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium lives up to its name with its list of standard offerings.
This trim and its hybrid counterpart come with SofTex®-trimmed seating that looks nice and is soft to the touch. Plus, if you spill anything, you can clean it up quickly with this upholstery.
You can also get the following features as part of an options package:
- Heated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Memory system for the driver’s seat
The heated front seats are great for staying warm on chilly mornings, while the available heated leather-wrapped steering wheel feels good under your skin. It also helps soothe your hands after a long day at work or running errands.
Then, once you get situated behind the wheel, you can save your settings with the memory system. If someone else takes your car for a spin, you can get the seat and mirrors back to how you like it with the simple push of a button.
As the name implies, the Toyota RAV4 Adventure is ready for just that. The previously mentioned trim levels come standard in front-wheel drive (FWD) but are available in all-wheel drive (AWD). However, this trim breaks from the norm and puts maximum grip standard.
The Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD (TV-AWD) system comes with Rear Driveline Disconnect. When the road gets slick, up to 50% of power is sent to the wheels that need it the most to keep you on your intended path. When the extra grip isn’t needed, Rear Driveline Disconnect will stop sending that power to boost fuel efficiency.
You’ll also find Multi-terrain Select in this trim, which comes with the following drive modes:
- MUD & SAND
- ROCK & DIRT
Thanks to these settings, your SUV has the capacity to take on any terrain with ease.
Similar to the Adventure trim, the TRD Off-Road is built to venture off the beaten path. It comes standard with the TV-AWD system and has Multi-terrain Select to help you take on mud, sand, and other elements of your environment.
Also like the Adventure trim, this RAV4 trim level has an Audio Plus infotainment system, which lets you access the following features on an 8-inch touchscreen:
- Apple CarPlay®
- Android Auto™
- SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
The Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration features let you access your favorite mobile apps—like podcasts and audiobooks—while maintaining focus on the road ahead.
Plus, with a 3-month All Access trial to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, you’ll have plenty of ways to stay entertained throughout your commutes.
Then, there’s the XSE Hybrid trim in the 2021 RAV4. Not only does it achieve an EPA-estimated 41 city/38 highway MPG, it also comes standard in Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive.1 As such, you can get home in inclement weather without fear of running out of fuel.
The vehicle’s engine is also paired with an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) with sequential shift mode. Not only does this contribute to the trim’s efficient performance, it also provides smooth and seamless shifting for your city and highway travels.
Furthermore, this trim comes in a cool Blue-accented interior with Blue stitching on the:
The storage trays give off a Blue ambient lighting, as well—fashion and function combine effortlessly in this automobile.
Finally, there’s the Limited trim and its hybrid equivalent. It comes with several driving modes, including SPORT and ECO. The hybrid version then has TRAIL and EV modes to help keep you going farther.
These trims offer the following interior features, as well:
- Heated/ventilated front seats
- Heated rear outboard seats
- Heated steering wheel
Thanks to these creature comforts, you can remain comfortable during your drives, any time of the year.
Additionally, you’ll now find a Premium Audio infotainment system with Dynamic Navigation. Use voice command to quickly pull up directions and get from Point A to Point B in no time at all. Those directions—along with the rest of your media options—will come through the cabin clearly, thanks to an 11-speaker JBL® sound system.
There are also a whole host of Connected Services to take advantage of, such as:
- Safety Connect
- Service Connect
- Remote Connect
The Emergency Assistance button can connect you to a 24/7 response center agent who can help to you immediately. Vehicle maintenance alerts will inform you when service is needed for your RAV4. Plus, you can lock and unlock the doors, start your car, and more—all from your mobile device!
Test Drive a Toyota RAV4 Trim Level Today
As you can see, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 trim levels have plenty of performance, safety, comfort, and technology features to offer drivers like yourself. Plus, thanks to a spacious cabin—with 98.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 69.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo room—you’ll have more than enough room for everyone and everything inside this SUV.
If you want to learn more about any of the above RAV4 trim levels, let the team at Bob Tyler Toyota know. They’ll be more than happy to show you which features comes with which trims and get you behind the wheel of a few of them.
If you’re eager to pick the right trim level for your lifestyle near Pensacola or Fort Walton Beach, Florida, or near Daphne, Alabama, don’t wait. Test drive the 2021 Toyota RAV4 today!
1 EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy/30 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 LE FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 LE AWD; 28 city/35 hwy/30 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 XLE FWD and XLE Premium FWD; 27 city/33 hwy/29 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 XLE AWD and XLE Premium AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; 25 city/32 hwy/28 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.