Re the annoying clunk from the dynamic torque vectoring rear eheel disconnect one should be aware this disconnect only hsppens in normal and eco modes, not in sport mode. So if you do not drive in normal or eco mode and stay in sport mode sll the time the resr wheel disconnect noise is eliminated. So you get quiter vehicle but you give seay advantage of better fuel economy and you are driving with more stress on engine all the time i.e. Longer shift points and higher rpm's for longer intervals. Agree that dynamic torque vectoring gives you a "safer" ride and better controlNot sure how the models might work differently in Canada, but here in the US, the gas-powered Limited and Adventure AWD models have "torque vectoring AWD." And, from what I can tell, quite a lot more rubber on the pavement. Larger wheels / wider tires / etc. Not sure what you're talking about in terms of "rural highways," but if you're going through curves and hills, you will notice a substantial difference for the better when you switch into Sport mode on the highway -- you can change the display to see which wheels are getting power, and see how the rear wheels will get power to help push you up hills, and the outboard wheel will get power as you go around curves. I have watched a video wherein the reviewers talked about the hybrid "being on tiptoes" in curvy conditions; all I can say is that I have definitely felt that my Limited AWD feels far more "planted" through the mountain twisties when I've switched into Sport mode. Being retired, I do quite a lot of driving on the open highways, and absolutely wouldn't trade away the feeling from the torque vectoring AWD for a few extra MPG. I have often "forgotten to switch into Sport mode" (what I have described here only works in Sport mode) when getting into the mountains, and then switched over, and the difference is very easy to feel.
So, if "rural highways" is just straight, flat roads, that wouldn't make much of a difference. But if you're driving in the "mountain twisties" quite a bit, you might seriously consider getting a model with torque vectoring AWD.