I agree 100% with your comments. In Canada, we can get EX-RES so we don't have to take the leather interior with RES. We don't have the option of EX-L RES or NAV. We don't get NAV unless we buy a Touring (which is the same as a Touring Elite in the US).BigBoat said:EX-L w/RES covers all the family needs and beyond. It is my kids' ride, not my own anyway .
We did not only compare Odyssey trims, but also against other vehicles (Sienna, Chrysler T&C, Dodge Caravan, VW Routan and the upcoming Nissan Quest)
NAV vs RES was not even a thought. Our Tom-Tom and phones with GPS are swappable between cars and in 1-2 years you can get a fancier new model with map updates for a couple of hundred bucks. Integrating RES nicely aftermarket on the other hand is not that easy.
I only wish fabric would be available on the EX-L trim instead of leather, but it seems easy to wipe
And yes, we also looked at the Touring Elite, it is an awesome vehicle, but at the end of the day we concluded that a van is a van, regardless of what fancy features you have in it. Anyway, to each its own, long live the free market
Shazzam said:I agree 100% with your comments. In Canada, we can get EX-RES so we don't have to take the leather interior with RES. Of course we lose a bunch of the "L" options such as sunroof, etc. We don't really need that stuff either to move kids and their friends.
We don't have the option of EX-L RES or NAV. We don't get NAV unless we buy a Touring (which is the same as a Touring Elite in the US).
I have no need for NAV on a day to day basis and when I travel, I just use the Garmin unit I have for business trips in other cities.
congrats on the ex!tom34diy said:Our 2004 was an EX and so is our 2011. The EX-L was tempting, but no one in the family likes the hot (and cold) leather seats, so cloth worked better for us. Yes, I know they have heaters, but if I do not get leather, I do not need heated seats. Also, no one can tell from the outside whether it is an EX or EX-L, unless they look hard enough to see the cloth. Again, the EX-L was tempting, but we will just save that $3,500 for college or something else.
As for the RES, I can't ever see us buying a $1500 TV in our house, so I can hardly justify it in our van. I know they might be cool to have and the kids might get to brag about their van having one, but in the long run, the kids might prefer that money be used to help them pay for college. Our $70 portable DVD player has served us well for years, but it is only used for long trips. Same for the NAV. Now, if they offered memory seats as a stand alone option, I'd probably part with some cash for that one.
Hopefully my two cents did not set off those of you with endless amounts of money to spend on your van or for large car payments, but this is how we decided on the EX.
I just got a new 52" Sony HX909 led local dimming backlit HDTV. Awesome picture, so I'll be watching TV at home instead of in the garage.mromberg said:We went with the Touring Elite for a few reasons. First, my wife was not interested in a minivan of any kind, so I had to wow her a bit. I kept checking in with our local dealer until they had an Elite on site. We went and parked it next to a Toyota Sienna Limited to try and compare apples to apples. Controlling the DVD playback from the front is what sold my wife. We have 3-yr-old and 8-mo-old boys, so we're thinking we may eventually need the split screen entertainment. I was sitting in our garage last night cranking out "Cars" on the widescreen -- very cool.
Ah, but do you have the 12 speaker surround sound system, reclining leather seating for six and cup holders? Also, do you have a place to strap the kids down. That's very important.Shazzam said:I just got a new 52" Sony HX909 led local dimming backlit HDTV. Awesome picture, so I'll be watching TV at home instead of in the garage.
No and I never seem to have time to watch it either.boulder_bum said:Ah, but do you have the 12 speaker surround sound system, reclining leather seating for six and cup holders? Also, do you have a place to strap the kids down. That's very important.