I personally would like the refreshed look considering my X is a 2014There is really little reason to spend that kind of money except maybe every two or three years. Unless you absolutely must have the latest maps for some reaason the minimal updates you wilo see you probably wont know the difference.
I don’t know how they decide these things. Adaptive cruise is standard on all trim levels of mdx. Yet it’s only available on the highest trim level for MB. Someone decides what to charge for and what not. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Acura still needs dvds to update. However,less expensive cars offer Apple CarPlay. Acura includes CarPlay. BMW offers it as a subscription. Who know how that is decided.I have a 2017 MDX; my daughter has a Mercedes and my son-in-law has an American made truck. We all have cellphones. My car is the only one where you have to pay for updating the GPS. Their car's GPS automatically update and so obviously do our phones. Acura is, I am told, a luxury car - why should I have to pay $149 for the GPS to update? The need to pay for yearly GPS updating is dated and archaic.
Free updates for built in GPS are rare, but not unheard of. Volvo lets you download and install map, POI and system updates for their Sensus Navigation. There are turnkey PC/Mac applications which manage the downloads. Start up and walk away, as the updates are *really* big if you do the whole country. Transfer the files to a 64GB thumb drive, plug that into the car's USB port, and it automatically recognizes the updates and asks if you want to install. For cars with Sensus produced before November 2015, Volvo will even do a complimentary Sensus Connect upgrade so people can do the updates.Never seen a free update on an indash GPS unit. Every one I have ever seen forced you to buy. But heck where I live updating maybe every 5 years is more than sufficient. What bugs me more is the lack of locations I can use traffic monitor. I means LA is like 1500 miles from me. Chicage is over 2000 and NY is over 3000. My cheap dash mounted Garmin I could get for anyplace I drove for free.
Actually yes it does, but I get where you're going with this. While the look and feel doesn't really change, it has been demonstrated multiple times in older threads that the version of the infotainment software actually gets updated as well. There is just a upper limit to the upgrades because years like the 2014 probably aren't getting any further upgrades, but later years like the 2016 have still been seeing version upgrades. The newer versions have also been solving some of the issues we've been encountering.The map update doesn’t change the underlying software.
My bmw comes with free OTA updates for 4 years. Only by region though. MB includes updates for 3 or 4 years. But bmw charges $80 a year for Apple CarPlay.I have Subaru OB which comes with 3 years of no cost updates .
Acura can does that also but consider themselves premium brand to charge .
Good luck with that.I had a 2019 loaner today while my 2019 advance was getting the tail light recall done and I noticed that the maps in the loaner were more up to date than on my vehicle. Since they are both 2019 I would expect them to have the same maps version. Has anyone had success in getting acura to update their maps in an instance like this? I plan on calling them tomorrow to complain and see what they say.
No excuse from my perspective why different 2019s would have different map versions. If you buy a 2019 you should get the most up to date version of maps being shipped with other 2019s.
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