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Hey, just up my alley! I "ordered" an XSE. This was not a "true order" in the sense of putting money down, more of the dealer will maybe put in a request in hopes that they put one on the truck. In my area the dealer currently gets whatever Toyota sends.
My reasons for the XSE. This is the lowest trim level that is fully spruced-up inside. It has the Softex trim on the doors as well as seats and dash, the 8" screen and some cool lighting. And it's less expensive than the Limited. But I've since changed my mind.
I like that the Limited is a single color. I'm not a fan of the two tone, especially with a heat-sucking black roof. The Limited also has the PKSB/Intelligent Clearance Sonar safety feature. I'm old, safety counts. I've experienced occasions in the past where this would have been very handy, my garage door tells the tale. I'd like the JBL sound system which is only $580 more with the Limited compared to a minimum of twice that with the XSE. I'm not so sure I want the black headliner of the XSE, it seemed very stealth at first but might be gloomy in the long run. I'm not so off-road any more, I'm thinking the regular suspension in the Limited will be just fine. Not that the "sport-tuned" would bother me, just not a big sell. Some folks say the fabric interior of the seats in the XSE will feel better, both temperature wise and by limiting slippage in the seat. I think I'd prefer the ease of cleaning the full Softex instead. There are also some subtlies in exterior appearance where the Limited shows less contrasty elements, a like for me, and seems to look a bit less plasticy. (I've test driven the XSE, haven't seen a Limited in person to verify this.) I don't plan on using any of the upgraded Entune features so I'm neutral on the navigation component. With the Limited, you also get memory seats, a compass, puddle lights and chrome door handles. I'm neutral on that stuff as well, actually would prefer the color-matched door handles but not a deal breaker.