The electric heater has been standard on the 2.5L 4-cyl. RAV4 since 2012. It was never available on the previous 2.4L engine or the V6. See here:The parts list indicates there is an electric heater next to the cabin heater core. When is this heater activated? It is not apparent if there is an electric heater or when it operates. My RAV4 was made in Canada. Any info about an electric heater?
Unfortunately the block heater doesn't improve MPG on the hybrids, its pretty much just a comfort feature (since it takes them so long to warm up). I put one in my wagon for that reason.Now I'm not sure if I will recover the cost of the block heater on my wife's Hybrid