Originally Posted by Whorne
Do you use the Bird's eye view much?
Hehehehe. I've got to weigh in on this one. Absolutely, no doubt about it whatsoever, the Limited Advanced Technology package was one of the biggest reasons that got me into a dealership to buy a 2019 RAV4 Limited. I use the wireless charger virtually every time I drive the car -- where on Earth else am I going to put my phone, other than on that charger? I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, with wireless charging, and I gave up cable charging absolutely years
One of the other, but less-often mentioned part of that package is the Smart Lock system that is on all
of the doors, instead of just the front doors. I also use that on the rear doors, almost every day.
But, by far, the biggest part of what I wanted was the Bird's Eye View camera system, and it works exceedingly well. Even if you skip the whole "bird's eye view" aspect of the system, how many of you thought, when you got your first backup camera, how much you would love to have a "front view camera" for when you're parking, so you can see what's going on with the front end of your car? I have mine set up so that the front view camera and the bird's eye view system shows on the center display every time the car slows to 5 MPH or less, and I absolutely love it. I can put my RAV4 literally within one inch of any curb, wall, or whatever is around it.
I have often said how I have never, ever gotten a door ding in any car I've ever owned, and that's been a period of time for almost 40 years now. Of course, I have accomplished that by parking "out in the sticks," and usually by finding a curb or other boundary that prevents anyone from parking on one side of my car, and getting right up next to it. While, indeed, I have never gotten a door ding, my wheels haven't fared nearly as well -- I have made mincemeat of most of them. But that ends with my RAV4 and that bird's eye view camera system.
Will rocks knock out that front-view camera? I'll let you know if it ever happens. For the record, I try not to follow dump trucks on the freeway, if that might help. I rather expect that I won't ever have a problem with any of the cameras -- I expect that manufacturers like Toyota have figured out how to make those pretty tough. If anything, the cameras can get dirty, especially in wet conditions, but have you ever just spent a minute cleaning off your headlights or taillights? Well, I do the same with the cameras. Heck, I have stopped at fast-food restaurants and walked out with a couple of napkins in hand, to clean off the cameras before moving along with my trip. Only takes a minute.
In the end, I'm very happy and satisfied with all of the things included in that Advanced Technology package. I consider it to be the best money I've ever spent on an "option" in the entire history of my car ownership.