Seems it depends on the particular fob, so yes and no and still up in the air?
A report claims Toyota is reconsidering its requirement on some newer vehicles for a paid subscription to use remote start on a key fob.
no it does not. toyota has not changed its tune, they waited for the media and state scrutiny to die down. on 2020 models they will provide remote start to the original owner for 10 years. on 2021 and 2022 MY stuff, they are providing remote start for 5 years, and starting in 2023 and newer, it will be for 1 year. and yes, this is the same thing that is locked behind the subscription even if your FOB and van can do it without a subscription. this is confirmed by my own AG over a year ago, and that official statement hasn't changed.
When we got our Sienna there were few documents to sign so looked them over.
At least 2-3 pages was about connected services and we refused to sign since base models do not get those features. Had to point that out to finance or something like that person that was trying to sell us the warranty and paint packages.
Now even though not signed I presume Toyota is still tracking our data vis a vis Sienna parameters like mileage, battery charging, speed, etc..
I have pointed this out to you before, but even the base model that supposedly doesn't have a DCM still has a DCM and still sends data to toyota. its not anything you can opt out of either, no matter the menu or shit in the car or in the app, there is no way to turn off the data collection. you can confirm this by calling a dealer across the country from you, giving them your VIN, and they will be able to give you the current mileage of the van right then.