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Time to leave for work. Garage door opens, cold wind 2 degrees celsius hits my face, partly sunny. Rav sitting on laneway just as I left it, neighbor didn't park too close. Good. Walked right up to the Rav, hand on handle door unlocks immediately. Seats quite soft, nice thud close of door and pushed button to start. No sound of engine EV mode must be on. Graphics on start up, that new car smell. Into gear, gentle hum car moves ahead.
You would think I'm use to it now after 3 weeks but I'm not. It's still quite exciting getting into this XSE Rav for my 7k commute to work. It's very comfortable for a non luxury SUV in this trim level. I think I've gotten good value for what this vehicle is. Even though it would have been nice to get a better deal if i could have waited. My previous car would not have made however. Would have gotten better bargaining power with new car if was sitting on lot and close to year en for sure. Figured I should get exactly what I want beforehand and that's what I did and placed my order early waited the 2 months and that's why I paid basically full MSP.
Reading here many people have to wait longer for this model makes me feel like I got something special. I however do wish people to just be patient and try wait out for what they want. When you spending your hard earned paycheck you should get what u want. Hopefully it's just a supply and demand issue Toyota has and they could ramp up production to not disappoint the customers waiting.
Starting the Rav4 is a pleasure with the quietness of EV mode it feels like the future. It feels like I got something new and it's not just a regular car, almost like the feeling of getting into a Tesla. The simplicity of the Tesla dash is just awesome the Rav doesn't come close to it, but at least it's not as overly styled as most of its competitors. I really do like the layout of the dash. If it's colder out and you also turn on the heat immediately after getting in the ICE will start up and you miss that quietness however, if only i lived in California!
The start up graphics of the Toyota and Rav4 logo are now getting tired after 3 weeks. I wish there was a way that I could get rid of it easily. Why do I need to be reminded each and every time on start up. I already know what kind of car I have right? I think I remember reading their might be a hack to choose your own image using A USB thumb drive and sizing and naming your image a certain way...something I will investigate further and try if doable. If anyone here reading this can Throw some shade on this would be great!
On the sun visor I placed a black sticker over the airbag warning label. I used a trackpad sticker that was on a 2016 Macbook that I got from DBrand. It works perfectly. That harsh yellow label really annoyed me before. I will also put a sticker over the reminder light that's on dash below climate control. Why does this need to be ever present I don't know. Especially when I will be driving it daily for hopefully 10 years.
I love the sound of audio system even if it's the basic. Nothing to complain about for my late 40's hearing ability. The controls for audio though leave alot to be desired. Switching between Xm satellite radio easily and stations and regular radio seems to be a chore and it's not like I don't get tech, Entune coukd use a update.
I wish the display could be adjusted to just show one feature like just radio instead of at least 2 to 4. It can all seem distracting. At least you could choose between dark mode and a few light modes. At first it was neat seeing the graphic of energy flow between EV mode and ICE but now just not needed as much, unless to show off to the noobs.
Alot of people still don't get hybrids I discovered as I get alot of questions when I tell friends I drive one, like how long do you plug it in for and where and how long it lasts and you still need gas? I think Toyota could do alot better to educate the masses with commercials in Hybrids and if they do adoption could be faster especially when the price difference between the two models is not so significant. I would like to see no gas models versions beginning in 2021, cuz what's the point?
I filled up gas again and meter showed me 834 km until empty. After second day and only 20km driven it showed me 740 or so km until empty and displaying 6.7L per 100km... hmmmmm. Am I neglectful now on conserving energy. Am I too heavy footed on gas pedal? I'm not driving on highway . My drive selection is eco mode. I'll monitor again this week and hope to get back to 5.7L per 100km.
The front door bottle holders are great it can hold a tall water bottles with ease ....daughter splashed pop on dashboard already but it was easily cleaned off the soft touch material... dog's paws are starting to scratch inside door handle slightly especially by the window switch- he's smart he already discovered how to lower window himself like the last car, should I put some sort of protection there??
I adjusted the liftgate to not so high for wife she a shordy 5'4 but I banged my head 2 times already so switched it back she will just have to go on her toes..was hoping by accident Toyota put the foot activated switch below rear bumper, tried but no such luck!
Car drives smooth handles the train tracks and small potholes like a champ. The mudguards do not match the glossy black fenders I noticed but does match the tire! 😉
Lane tracing assist (LTA) I am contemplating turning off for city driving. If no cars around me and I don't signal ras ting keeps beeping. I know its a great safety feature but geeze...
Fog lights are yellow looking compared to LED headlights... what if i changed them to blue one day or if there was some sort of plastic lens cover in blue? That could look really neat with the hybrid blue Toyota logo and blue shocks and blue stitching inside and blue license plate cover! Hmmm do i care that much? Why am I here writing all this??? O yaa I'm still excited and want to share and want to learn more about Toyota's best seller!
Hmmm, how will I feel after one month?! I'll keep yaa posted!