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4 fast facts about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid

The police officers stopped where I was parked on the sidewalk in front of one of Chicago’s landmark attractions. I hustled to get one last picture of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, and told them I’d be on my way.  

“Is that the electric one?” One officer asked. 

I explained it was a plug-in hybrid with a gas engine and two electric motors. 

“So it’s electric?” the other officer asked, getting out of his car. You could plug it in for electric power or fill it up for gas power, I said.  

“It’s nice,” he said, and followed

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2021 Toyota Venza boasts a Lexus feel and hybrid efficiency

Walk up to the 2021 Toyota Venza and it looks familiar. The fast roofline and the way the window line resolves at the rear are clearly influenced by the last-generation Lexus RX from Toyota’s luxury brand. The chrome exterior trim and wheels give the same impression. Jump inside, spot the wrapped dash and door panels with contrast stitching, and you’ll think you’re in a Lexus, too.

Drive the Venza and the soft suspension tuning and quiet comfort will also remind you of a Lexus.

But the Venza isn’t a Lexus. It’s a Toyota with an upscale appeal. 

Toyota has played

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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE coming; sporty 2021 Corolla Apex ahead, too

Toyota doesn’t appear to be slowing down on their sedans.

On Wednesday, the automaker outlined changes for its 2021 sedans appearing on dealer lots soon. Its most popular sedan, the Camry, gets the most significant changes next year. In addition to uprated safety equipment that’s standard on all sedans, the 2021 Camry will add a new sportier-looking hybrid trim level and updated touchscreens inside.

The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE will apply the sporty appearance package from the non-hybrid Camry XSE. The Camry Hybrid XSE will be powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 and electric motors that make 208 horsepower, although

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Toyota expands recall for Prius hybrid system failures

Toyota is expanding a recall from 2018 on certain Prius models that can stall while driving, according to paperwork filed with the NHTSA last week.

A transistor in the power module can fail when accelerating quickly and cause the hybrid system to shut down, which may cause the vehicle to stall and increase the risk of a crash. Repeated hard driving could cause more thermal stress on the transistors. When those transistors fail it can generate voltage higher than limits set by engineers. Exceeding that limit should trigger a failsafe mode that enables drivers to operate the car for certain

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