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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Premium Package or no?

Let's hear thoughts from current and prospective owners on the Premium Package (Tech Package in Canada).

Is it worth the extra $2,400 USD ($2,500 CAD) for what you get based on these criteria:

- Thoughts on the base stereo and Infinity system?
- Does the larger 8" screen appeal to you?
- Is having a native Navigation application important for you?
- Do you prefer to have a sunroof or it does not matter? side note: Sunroof is standard on Canadian-spec cars
- Are blind spot assist and rear cross-traffic alerts a must? side note: both features are standard on Canadian-spec cars
- Is there a great sense of satisfaction from flexin' on the peasants with base cars?

- To those that have already purchased either, would you change your selection if you could do it again?

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 04:36 PM
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- Thoughts on the base stereo and Infinity system?- This is the only thing that I wanted but opted for the manual
- Does the larger 8" screen appeal to you? - NO, I will be looking at the road not watching a movie so not going to use it a lot.
- Is having a native Navigation application important for you? - Google Android Will take care of this/or apple for other people
- Do you prefer to have a sunroof or it does not matter? side note: Sunroof is standard on Canadian-spec cars - wanted it but no priority, also less weight on the car (minimum change but "that's one of the good parts of not having it)
- Are blind spot assist and rear cross-traffic alerts a must? side note: both features are standard on Canadian-spec cars - I have not have problems with blind spots since I have been driving, I position my mirrors to avoid this blind scenarios
- Is there a great sense of satisfaction from flexin' on the peasants with base cars? - N/A

- To those that have already purchased either, would you change your selection if you could do it again?
Yes, bought the base car and will do it again. Sound system is not that bad. will prefer a better sound system yes. I only wanted a lil bid more bass sound, will probably put a 10" or 8" on the trunk eventually and that will do it.
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- Thoughts on the base stereo and Infinity system?
  • This was the main reason I wanted Premium, but after hearing the base stereo it's good enough for me. (and way better than my Kia)
- Does the larger 8" screen appeal to you?
  • It does, but again better than my last car so I'm OK with it. And the speed of the touch screen is really good.
- Is having a native Navigation application important for you?
  • No.
- Do you prefer to have a sunroof or it does not matter? side note: Sunroof is standard on Canadian-spec cars
  • It would have been nice, but not a necessity.
- Are blind spot assist and rear cross-traffic alerts a must? side note: both features are standard on Canadian-spec cars
  • Nope

- Is there a great sense of satisfaction from flexin' on the peasants with base cars?
  • I am a peasant with a base car.

- To those that have already purchased either, would you change your selection if you could do it again?
  • I think I'm fine with the base model.

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- Thoughts on the base stereo and Infinity system?

It's a pretty damned good system. Sub, mids, and highs are all surprisingly clear and undistorted, even at high volumes. Volume from the USB port is way better than my VT was.

- Does the larger 8" screen appeal to you?

I do like it - it's easier to read than the 7" screen in the VT, and the display is better overall. Once it gets up and running the response from touches to the screen is, for a car, lightning fast.

- Is having a native Navigation application important for you?

Not really as it pairs with Android Auto nicely, but the embedded navigation app is a good one. Once the map needs updating, however, I'll just switch to Android Auto. I'm not paying to update it.

- Do you prefer to have a sunroof or it does not matter? side note: Sunroof is standard on Canadian-spec cars

I love having a sunroof. I can't live without it here in the sunny land of Central Texas.

- Are blind spot assist and rear cross-traffic alerts a must? side note: both features are standard on Canadian-spec cars

Not a must, but it's a nice feature. My favorite part is the cross traffic alert when backing out of parking spaces. Since I live here in CenTex there are tons of giant trucks everywhere, so you can't always see to either side of you when backing out of a parking space, so it comes in handy.

- Is there a great sense of satisfaction from flexin' on the peasants with base cars?

Naw.

- To those that have already purchased either, would you change your selection if you could do it again?

Absolutely.
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- Thoughts on the base stereo and Infinity system?
Infinity system sounds pretty good to me. I never heard the base, so I don't have anything to compare it to.

- Does the larger 8" screen appeal to you?
I like it. It is easier to read, but I don't think it is a game changer

- Is having a native Navigation application important for you?
Google maps will always be better than in-car nav. I do like having the map up as I drive though.

- Do you prefer to have a sunroof or it does not matter? side note: Sunroof is standard on Canadian-spec cars
The sunroof is nice, but I doubt I'll use it too often.

- Are blind spot assist and rear cross-traffic alerts a must? side note: both features are standard on Canadian-spec cars
This is a big one for me. I'm a big fan of extra safety features. Rear cross traffic is great for parking lots.

- To those that have already purchased either, would you change your selection if you could do it again?
Definitely like the premium package and wouldn't want the base.
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I'll keep it simple.
Yes, I like it and don't regret paying the extra $40/ month.
No, I don't think you NEED it. If you are looking to keep payments low you can live without it.
If you live in Canada, base all the way.
If you live in USA, either is good.

Sunroof to me is worth 20/month easy in the summer. Rest of the features are meh.
I don't think it's a ripoff but it's also not wasted money imo.

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I mainly bought the premium package for the homelink mirror and dual zone climate control. The rest of it was all just an added bonus. Although I do really like the sunroof too.
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The ONLY thing I really wanted was the audio.
Navigation is a joke with AA and car play.
Any extra nanny driving stuff pisses me off.
Sunroof is a nice to have, not a need to have.

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Anyone know how much it would be to upgrade the stock stereo to equal the premium package one? Or even surpass that quality? Since the car may be somewhat loudish from what some have said, I'd prefer the better stereo for sure. If it's easy or not too expensive to replace/upgrade, then that's a huge plus. I use Waze and I'm a 35k a year driver. It's not as good for tracking police any more, but works great for traffic alerts just like android auto.

When I lived in SoCal I loved having a sunroof being by the airport. Amazing seeing those low flying planes come in! Not sure I'd like to give that up. I have no idea of what the homelink mirror does haha! In reality the package is about $2000 more in the US after incentives. Tough call but I'd hate to not get something and wish I had down the line.
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MUCH less than 2400 bucks.

My buddy works at the largest audio shop in this area and just quoted me out like 1100 bucks for front JL components, line link EQ converter, 10" sub and an amp.

It would be 100WRMS going to the fronts, and 400 to the sub... Im going to ASSUME it will sound better than the infinity.

****, you could probably spend 500 bucks just upgrading the speakers and end up well ahead.

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