The Rav4 isn't my daily driver either, it is my wife's. We also have a teenager driving it for the first time in the winter... one of my main concerns. Yes, you can get used to it, but that doesn't mean you might make a mistake it the heat of the moment, maybe while making a defensive move. I just think it is a safety issue. I can live with the herky-jerkyness (especially if you are a passenger), but this motor does pull hard, and it would be unintentionaly easy to put it sideways.
Lets all write letters!