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At least if you have the Tow Prep package, the OEM hitch from Toyota is MUCH beefier than most aftermarket hitches. Most aftermarkets attach with 4 or 6 bolts, whereas I think the OEM hitch attaches with over 20 bolts (it makes use of special brackets and mounting points the generic aftermarket ones don't).
The OEM hitch also tucks up higher than most aftermarket hitches, too. I think it supports the full tongue weight limit, where some aftermarkets don't as well. I did the research, and chose the OEM hitch. It was almost a no-brainer.
I have the same non-nav Head Unit in my 2012. If it can show you who is calling by name based on the imported contacts list, I haven't figured out how yet. It just shows you the incoming phone number, which I find pretty much useless.
Dialing out is also not friendly. Once you pick a contact, it shows you all their phone numbers, but not which one is home vs. work vs. mobile. At least I haven't found a way to get it to show symbols next to the numbers.
And when you set a speed dial, and go to call by speed dial, you're supposed to magically remember which person and which phone number is on each of the speed dial numbers. All it shows you is 1 - 6.
Basically, the screen shows way too few characters for my liking. It's not terribly user friendly.
However, it's fine for receiving calls, as long as you ask the person who is calling who they are.
It's ok, but could be much, much better.
Silver 2012 RAV4 Limited V6 4WD with Tow Prep (3500 lbs towing capacity!), OEM Hitch, Remote Start and Dashcam.
Long live the RAV4 V6!
Best. Vehicle. Ever.