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I wish this package was available in 2016 when I got my RAV4. I live in the desert southwest and I would buy it just to have the extra oil and radiator cooling. I wonder if the payload goes up also? I would think with that much more towing capability, it would also require suspension and brake modifications. Too bad I can't afford to take a loss on my 2016 :-(
I'd give it 2 or 3 years before I'd consider one...let them work out the bugs in the first 2 model years. Look at the tweaks from the 2013 model year to the 2015 model year.

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I wish this package was available in 2016 when I got my RAV4. I live in the desert southwest and I would buy it just to have the extra oil and radiator cooling. I wonder if the payload goes up also? I would think with that much more towing capability, it would also require suspension and brake modifications. Too bad I can't afford to take a loss on my 2016 :-(
I wonder how difficult it'd be to retrofit the new radiator and transmission cooler to non-Adventure trims. I don't imagine there's any difference mechanically.

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I'd give it 2 or 3 years before I'd consider one...let them work out the bugs in the first 2 model years. Look at the tweaks from the 2013 model year to the 2015 model year.
Curious, why do you say that? Isn't that ultimately the same model as the one currently out with minimum of mods? What I've read is that it's gonna be raised by under 1". My understanding is that Hybrid model is raised some and right around that same ballpark. So I wonder if they'd reuse that with some minor mechanical and interior changes. What I'm saying is that changes seem rather cosmetic to expect "1st year model" syndrome. This is coming from one who owns 2013 model - I'll never repeat that mistake again.
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The one magazine article I read made it sound as though because of the ride height and a few more plastic panels, you can go off roading. Who goes off road with 18" wheels?

Looks a bit gawdy to me maybe because I like a lowered look on cars that will never go off road over the lifted look.
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I'd give it 2 or 3 years before I'd consider one...let them work out the bugs in the first 2 model years. Look at the tweaks from the 2013 model year to the 2015 model year.
Curious, why do you say that? Isn't that ultimately the same model as the one currently out with minimum of mods? What I've read is that it's gonna be raised by under 1". My understanding is that Hybrid model is raised some and right around that same ballpark. So I wonder if they'd reuse that with some minor mechanical and interior changes. What I'm saying is that changes seem rather cosmetic to expect "1st year model" syndrome. This is coming from one who owns 2013 model - I'll never repeat that mistake again.
I prefer a vehicle/model that has been around for a while and is proven, I don't want to be any automakers guinea pig. I rather wait until most of the major kinks have been found/worked out.

A good example is the latest generation Toyota Tacoma P/U trucks - the newest version of their engine and transmission combo has had 2 TSB's issued so far for vibration and shifting issues. Several people have even sold/traded them for something completely different because of the problem - visit the Tacomaworld site for more info.
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Other than the larger coolers it is basically a trim package on the current generation. This generation only has probably 2-3 years left in it.
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The height difference is hardly noticeable.

Maybe 1 inch?

The fake rock sliders look kind of cheesy.

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I prefer a vehicle/model that has been around for a while and is proven, I don't want to be any automakers guinea pig. I rather wait until most of the major kinks have been found/worked out.

A good example is the latest generation Toyota Tacoma P/U trucks - the newest version of their engine and transmission combo has had 2 TSB's issued so far for vibration and shifting issues. Several people have even sold/traded them for something completely different because of the problem - visit the Tacomaworld site for more info.
I actually thought even thr first or second production year Toyota's were bullet proof. Didn't know. Hopefully our 2016 hybrid will not be too faulty.

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I actually thought even thr first or second production year Toyota's were bullet proof. Didn't know. Hopefully our 2016 hybrid will not be too faulty.
I think it's been out long enough we can safely say that there have been no major issues. I'm not worried. The drivetrain has been proven already in the Camry and the lexus NX before the Rav4 hybrid even came out. Before I purchased mine I researched both the camry and nx for potential issues. Also in my research I'd found that most toyota hybrids are even MORE reliable than their gas counterparts due to less belt driven accessories and a much simpler transmission, despite the added dc motors and battery system.
I didn't take buying my first hybrid lightly. I found quite conclusively that the general public knowledge of hybrids was wrong. All you ever see from the uneducated but opinionated hybrid haters is, "the batteries fail every year and cost $10k to replace", "the batteries aren't warrantied", "hybrids are slow", "they break down all the time", "it is unproven technology", "hybrids are more complicated" etc. etc. All of which is just spouting off un-educated mis-guided opinion.

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Good to know. Maybe we should not have opted for the additional 4-year extended warranty, haha.

Yes, even Rdgrimes mentioned a few missing parts on the hybrid that could fail on the non-hybrid variant. Starting up the gasoline engine with the hybrid battery gives a lot of peace of mind during the winter season.

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