RAV 4.5 2021 Hybrid AWD
The interesting thing for me reading this is that you say these are 'expensive options'. The situation is different here in Australia (and NZ? UK???) as far as I can tell. These options are normal on all RAV4s to judge by the specifications sheet. The only options we ordered were AWD, the hybrid engine and unbraked tow capacity. Perhaps this reflects our different model labeling. This LE code seems to be North American with ours starting with a 'G'. So our otherwise based model is a GX and the next one up is a GXL follower by 'Cruiser' and 'Edge'. Perhaps this reflects Japanese standards and right hand drive (also potentially suited to the UK). I dont think its anything to do with local safety requirements as you can still get no frills Hyundai I20s with well, no frills (even no basic cruise control).US experience.
My wife and I went to a Toyota dealership, after being frustrated by Subaru dealers trying to sell us overpriced Foresters; one with $4000 in add-ons. This was in Vermont.
While we had never owned a Toyota before, the dealership we visited, on a whim, October 10th, had a 2021 RV4 Hybrid LE in their allotment. It had a build date of Nov 2nd, in Kentucky.
So we put down a deposit and crossed our fingers.
While we couldn't change any of the specs, at that point in the build, the only expensive option was the
Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert,
Outside Mirrors w/ Turn Signal & Blind Spot Warning Indicators.
This option is actually pretty useful; signaling passing cars that are in your blind spot..
Otherwise the price we paid was MSRP, plus a special color paint surcharge.
After receiving the temporary VIN number, we kept checking the Toyota Vehicle Specification website,
Vehicle Specification | Toyota Owners
When the last 5 VIN digits become all numbers (no letter) then the car is nearly ready.
We received our car, at the dealership on November 17th