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After 161 days it finally arrived. Only the second Cross sold in my county. The dealership experience was very good. No markups over MSRP and no pressure for add-ons, though I did take the TOYOGUARD package. I probably could have gotten a bit more for my trade-in but I'm happy. Now I just have go back to Grad school to learn all the features of the MID and Android Auto (actually the salesman set up Android Auto for me, since I've never had it on a car before.)

Next stop is the bike shop to get some advice on mounting hardware to carry my bike in there. Anyone have any suggestions?

Initial Impressions After Just 100 Miles
  • Ride and handling are very good. Steering is light and responsive and the ride is smooth. Wind noise is present but not bad (I think the 18" tires may cause some road noise, too.)
  • Acceleration from a stop is just adequate. 95% of my drives are suburban, so not an issue.
  • Auto Start/Stop isn't intrusive, just annoying; you have to turn it off at every restart. I can't imagine it saves much gas.
  • Seats are comfortable and the XLE has lumbar support.
  • Fit and Finish are top notch. I didn't notice any gaps that someone here complained about.
  • The glove box is smaller than I expected.
  • Rear seating is good, but not as roomy as the 2014 Jetta I had.
  • Visibility is good (the mirrors are huge), but the rear window is small and view could be better.
  • Blind Spot Warning is nice to have. Never had that before.
  • Audio quality is okay; I didn't get the upgraded speaker system.
  • Cargo area is good.
6/8/22. Added after first post:
  • I'm not crazy about the piano black trim around the Infotainment and center console as they are dust magnets. Also, in bright sunlight (I live in Florida) the Info. buttons disappear when wearing sunglasses (granted I have no window tint on this car.)
  • When I first popped the hood I could NOT find the resting hole for the hood prop. Toyota hid it neatly on the far left of the engine bay; even the full manual doesn't display the position well. But, it's the best place as you have full access to the engine bay.
  • I'm getting very good MPGs according to the display but I'll reserve judgment until after 1,000 mile break-in.
  • I love the dual zone A/C. You can leave it on Auto and forget fiddling with it.
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After 161 days it finally arrived. Only the second Cross sold in my county. The dealership experience was very good. No markups over MSRP and no pressure for add-ons, though I did take the TOYOGUARD package. I probably could have gotten a bit more for my trade-in but I'm happy. Now I just have go back to Grad school to learn all the features of the MID and Android Auto (actually the salesman set up Android Auto for me, since I've never had it on a car before.)

Next stop is the bike shop to get some advice on mounting hardware to carry my bike in there. Anyone have any suggestions?

Initial Impressions After Just 100 Miles
  • Ride and handling are very good. Steering is light and responsive and the ride is smooth. Wind noise is present but not bad (I think the 18" tires may cause some road noise, too.)
  • Acceleration from a stop is just adequate. 95% of my drives are suburban, so not an issue.
  • Auto Start/Stop isn't intrusive, just annoying; you have to turn it off at every restart. I can't imagine it saves much gas.
  • Seats are comfortable and the XLE has lumbar support.
  • Fit and Finish are top notch. I didn't notice any gaps that someone here complained about.
  • The glove box is smaller than I expected.
  • Rear seating is good, but not as roomy as the 2014 Jetta I had.
  • Visibility is good (the mirrors are huge), but the rear window is small and view could be better.
  • Blind Spot Warning is nice to have. Never had that before.
  • Audio quality is okay; I didn't get the upgraded speaker system.
  • Cargo area is good.
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Congrats! Enjoy your new wheels!
 

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After 161 days it finally arrived. Only the second Cross sold in my county. The dealership experience was very good. No markups over MSRP and no pressure for add-ons, though I did take the TOYOGUARD package. I probably could have gotten a bit more for my trade-in but I'm happy. Now I just have go back to Grad school to learn all the features of the MID and Android Auto (actually the salesman set up Android Auto for me, since I've never had it on a car before.)

Next stop is the bike shop to get some advice on mounting hardware to carry my bike in there. Anyone have any suggestions?

Initial Impressions After Just 100 Miles
  • Ride and handling are very good. Steering is light and responsive and the ride is smooth. Wind noise is present but not bad (I think the 18" tires may cause some road noise, too.)
  • Acceleration from a stop is just adequate. 95% of my drives are suburban, so not an issue.
  • Auto Start/Stop isn't intrusive, just annoying; you have to turn it off at every restart. I can't imagine it saves much gas.
  • Seats are comfortable and the XLE has lumbar support.
  • Fit and Finish are top notch. I didn't notice any gaps that someone here complained about.
  • The glove box is smaller than I expected.
  • Rear seating is good, but not as roomy as the 2014 Jetta I had.
  • Visibility is good (the mirrors are huge), but the rear window is small and view could be better.
  • Blind Spot Warning is nice to have. Never had that before.
  • Audio quality is okay; I didn't get the upgraded speaker system.
  • Cargo area is good.
  • View attachment 471
Congrats on not only getting your car in less that 6 months, but also having a positive dealer experience.
 

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After 161 days it finally arrived. Only the second Cross sold in my county. The dealership experience was very good. No markups over MSRP and no pressure for add-ons, though I did take the TOYOGUARD package. I probably could have gotten a bit more for my trade-in but I'm happy. Now I just have go back to Grad school to learn all the features of the MID and Android Auto (actually the salesman set up Android Auto for me, since I've never had it on a car before.)

Next stop is the bike shop to get some advice on mounting hardware to carry my bike in there. Anyone have any suggestions?

Initial Impressions After Just 100 Miles
  • Ride and handling are very good. Steering is light and responsive and the ride is smooth. Wind noise is present but not bad (I think the 18" tires may cause some road noise, too.)
  • Acceleration from a stop is just adequate. 95% of my drives are suburban, so not an issue.
  • Auto Start/Stop isn't intrusive, just annoying; you have to turn it off at every restart. I can't imagine it saves much gas.
  • Seats are comfortable and the XLE has lumbar support.
  • Fit and Finish are top notch. I didn't notice any gaps that someone here complained about.
  • The glove box is smaller than I expected.
  • Rear seating is good, but not as roomy as the 2014 Jetta I had.
  • Visibility is good (the mirrors are huge), but the rear window is small and view could be better.
  • Blind Spot Warning is nice to have. Never had that before.
  • Audio quality is okay; I didn't get the upgraded speaker system.
  • Cargo area is good.
  • View attachment 471
Cangrads! Well written article worthy of publication?! .. been driving my white version of exactly same type for almost 6 months, still loving it .. I would spend hours inside the car with iPhone/Samsung etc to set up all navagsation, audio, remote locking/unlocking and other initial stuff beyond what dealer showed you .. might help reduce "new tech" frustrations later. My Apple Air Bud Pro (name drop!) kept switching my music from my ear bud to my Cross's audio system forcing daily eye rolls from my gf everytime we got in! Welcome to the group.
 

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Cangrads! Well written article worthy of publication?! .. been driving my white version of exactly same type for almost 6 months, still loving it .. I would spend hours inside the car with iPhone/Samsung etc to set up all navagsation, audio, remote locking/unlocking and other initial stuff beyond what dealer showed you .. might help reduce "new tech" frustrations later. My Apple Air Bud Pro (name drop!) kept switching my music from my ear bud to my Cross's audio system forcing daily eye rolls from my gf every time we got in! Welcome to the group.
Thanks. I've got the tech pretty well sorted. I added some additional comments at the bottom of my first post. I'll insert them here, so others won't have to scroll around for them:

6/8/22. Added after first post:
  • I'm not crazy about the piano black trim around the Infotainment and center console as they are dust magnets. Also, in bright sunlight (I live in Florida) the Info. buttons disappear when wearing sunglasses (granted I have no window tint on this car.)
  • When I first popped the hood I could NOT find the resting hole for the hood prop. Toyota hid it neatly on the far left of the engine bay; even the full manual doesn't display the position well. But, it's the best place as you have full access to the engine bay.
  • I'm getting very good MPGs according to the display but I'll reserve judgment until after 1,000 mile break-in.
  • I love the dual zone A/C. You can leave it on Auto and forget fiddling with it.
 
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