I completely agree ....hop23 said:I think this is purely an assembly-line efficiency issue. The Odyssey is the same. Honda probably figures that most buyers willing to drop the extra 1500-2000 for the DVD or the NAV have already decided to drop the extra 1250 for the leather. For the NAV, it's hard to argue with this logic, but for the DVD, which is a valuable option for families with small children, I'm not sure it holds water.
WNYPilotGuy said:While I'm sure the EX-NAV is very good (in most areas), you can save money by going with the StreetFinder III Deluxe package. I just installed one in my Pilot, and I love it. Unlike the Honda Nav, it's good in ALL areas of North America. It fit perfectly on the dash, just to the left of the hump created by the center console. Actually, I don't know if "install" is the right term. You just attach the base to the console (or use the included "beanbag" mount). Then you run the cable down to the power outlet. You can easily move the unit around to different vehicles, if you wish. There is some setup on the computer that initially will take about 1/2 hr of your time. It comes with 2 CD's --- the PC-based mapping software, and all the maps. Unlike the DVD based Honda Nav system (which is theoretically superior), this unit downloads "detailed" maps from your PC to a removeable memory stick (128MB). So you can't load up ALL of North America's detailed maps to the StreetFinder, but you can load up all the areas you'll be driving to....unless you are going to hit a dozen states in one big trip!!! Keep in mind, even with NO maps loaded, the StreetFinder can still navigate very well. The maps you load are "detailed" maps, but the StreetFinder always contains a "less detailed" map on it...and this is not part of the 128MB memory stick. So if you were going to drive from NY to Florida, you'd load detailed maps of NY, Florida, and maybe a few areas in between where you know you'll be stopping. To load up maps of Georgia (for example), would be a waste of space if you know you'll be sticking to the main roads, and don't need to find a motel, McDonalds, etc in that area. Currently, I have Ontario Canada, Western and Central NY, and Central and Eastern Pennsylania loaded. This took about 80MB of my 128MB stick. When I get a chance I'll post some photos of how it looks on my dash.
P.S. If you buy one....make SURE you're purchasing the "new" Deluxe version that comes with 128MB cartridge, bean bag mount, and "unlock" codes for ALL of North America. I bought mine for under $800 at gpsnow.com.
ChiefPilot said:I would also agree that the latest version of Garmin maps (City Navigator) are VERY complete... Much more so than the current NAVI maps. However, based on what I've read recently, it appears as if the new Accord NAVI will correct that problem. [/B]