Just recently got back home after going coast to coast this summer (California to Maine). Some reflections on my experience with a 2022 AWD MR passenger non-ecoboost engine.
(Glacier National Park Campground)
1) The van drove well. After doing a coast to coast trip the previous summer in a Toyota Sienna, this time was noticeably more comfortable.
2) With the mid roof, I had to remind myself to check drive through clearances, but never found any that I couldn't go through (but didn't go to many drive throughs).
3) Its really annoying having to set ECO mode in the transmission settings every time I start driving.
4) MPG was decent, I have a pretty substantial bed system in it (https://boundlessadventuresystem.com
) but averaged over 18MPG according to the trip computer. The one time I checked this with math and fill up gallons vs. miles traveled it seemed close enough. I could squeeze 19MPG keeping speed under 70mph, especially on flat stretches. I didn't do that much city driving and wasn't in traffic that much.
5) I thought I would miss not having cruise control, but never found myself wishing I had it.
6) Being able to pull over and rest in the back is great.
7) Parking was relatively easy, didn't really have any less convenience than a minivan, though in the cities I had to avoid parking garages so that made me have to plan ahead more.
8) Had a strange occurrence where the horn started honking while on the FWY, which from the forum responses here, seems to be related to the door not being shut properly.
9) The auto-detect collision alarmed a couple of times for seemingly no reason, but at least the braking was never applies
10) A few times the auto-sensor detection staid my windshield was too dirty and needed to be cleaned.
11) Gas is a lot cheaper when not in California.
12) Carbon tint seemed to keep the heat out of the van really well. Even though my van is Carbon Grey it was never too hot (when driving with air on)
(Boondockers Welcome Site)
13) Air conditioning kept up well, never had to full blast, even when it was 100degrees out.
14) Non-turbo engine was great, I never wished for more power, only rarely having to really get on the gas to pass people on hills.
15) Never needed the AWD to get me out of anything, but still was nice to not have to worry.
16) Sometimes wind does push the mid roof around, but only was white knuckling it a couple times, mostly it was fine. Even mini-vans get pushed in similar wind.
17) Boondockers welcome was great, only got on hotel night going across the country and back.
18) Walmart can be hit or miss, but was fine as well. Cabelas/Bass pro is good, but not enough locations in the middle of the country.
19) 90+ degree days turned into 80 ish degree nights sometimes, but just venting the front windows was enough to sleep ok. A roof fan would be better probably, but wasn't necessary for us and I don't think I'll be adding one.
(Great Basin National Park - Upper Lehman Camp)
20) Colder nights (40degrees) was also fine, just threw on more layers to sleep. Much preferred to the hot nights.
21) in 6 seat configuration we often had to navigate around our "stuff" when going to sleep, but was tolerable. Some cabinet storage and a front overhead shelf would be nice to add.
22) In high wind the seals around the front door windows don't seem to hold that well.
23) Can't really see out the back when having a bunk bed setup. So rear windows are kind of useless, but never really bothered me for driving once I got used to the fact that the rear view is useless.
24) HID lights are great and really lit up the road well.
25) Extended tank would have been a good option, but also driving for more than 400 miles without stretching wouldn't be ideal, so I think the standard tank is probably fine.
26) Having black cloth to cover items stored on the dash helps cutting down annoying reflections
27) The van lighting up inside and out when opening the doors was annoying. I tried to update the settings to Police Mode dark, but despite the options changing it didn't seem to work. Also would be nice to unwind the windows with the remote, but again, that option didn't seem to work for me, despite the software saying it was applied. Perhaps I need a new USB interface device to sync with.
28) Our dometic fridge fit perfectly between the front seats and was great to have cold drinks and keep food.