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  1. Welcome. Provided that CT requires less gasoline and maintenance costs, IS is better.
  2. The main purpose to shift in MANUAL mode is to have a proper engine braking going downhill, so it' s reasonable to have a gear not too low, even more if you consider that actually there are no real gears in eCVT . Considering this and the chance to pass from normal to sport mode while moving, 4 is a good choice.
  3. I adjusted them on my RX 450H, it' s a rather simple work, it's explained somewhere in this forum.
  4. The oil topic for hybrid cars is a bit more complicate. At starting, there is a warming phase (eve if you decide to move in EV mode), in which thermal engine has to reach 40° C idling, once this temperature has been reached engine goes off, ready to restart if needed asking more power than the available by electric motor, if battery needs charging or if speed is over minimum speed in which it has to be anyway on. Besides, in hybrid cars thermal engine, in slow speed situation or when v diminish, is off or working without burning fuel (like in usual cars speeding down), so the result is an average working temperature lower: in this situation, the importance to have a proper oil is quite important, even more in starting time, and for this reason hybrid use 0W-20 oil, not only to spare fuel being it more "fluid". Last engines (like that in UX) require 0W-17 oil. This is also the reason why Lexus and Toyota ask to change oil more often than other car brands, than can use thicker oils and "long life", or in sport cars (where fuel consumption is not a priority and working temperature is high) it' s better to use 5W-50 or more.
  5. In sudden braking stop lights go on and blink too, may be car behind was a bit distract.
  6. Done with Techstream on my RX. Probably you can with Carista app too.
  7. Usually hypermilers sites suggest to accelerate keeping power meter at upper side of ECO zone, then, if speed is sufficient (above about 42 mph) keep thermal engine one with power meter just above mid ECO zone). A good help for hypermiling is to use OBD BT interface with an android app like Hybrid Assistant with its suggestions.
  8. Vocal commands in GS (and RX too) are NOT AI based like in cell phones, but are quite limitate to only few provided phrases, so if you say "I would like to listen a Nirvana's song" the system does not understand. If you don' t want to read manual, you can see the list of commands saying "Help" and appears on screen the commands list. To complicate the matter, once you pronounce the right command you have to confirm if system has understood , answering yes to questions or also a number to choose if it asks for alternative choices. This not only for audio commands, but also to select a navigation address, where the protocol is quite strict, at the point I usually set an address manually, even if a command like "find nearest restaurant" should work.
  9. Unluckily sound quality depends from broadcast.
  10. Warming up before starting journey or moving very slow at first minute is a good advice for all engines. 😃
  11. Simply, with Hybrids eCVT DO NOT USE N if not strictly necessary, as if HV battery gets discharged you can't restart engine.
  12. In navigation menu there is "auto zoom" option, you can try setting it off.
  13. A good advice to obtain better mpg in short journeys with hybrids is to let 1st warming phase of thermal motor not moving or going very slow (under 15 mph); in summer it takes 1 minute or less. So the procedure is: push start button (in P) press for a moment throttle pedal to force engine start (it goes at 1000-1200 rpm) when engine goes off start moving car. Why this routine? because in short routes, the warming of thermal engine is the most petrol consuming phase and affects total mpg result. Of course, if you are in real hurry you can ignore advice 🙂