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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-11-2018, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Is ACC/advanced safety worth 5K more?

In the market for a minivan - two kids, love to camp, etc. Longtime Honda/Toyota driver but willing to make the jump to the Pacifica for the hybrid.

Agonizing over trim levels. Moving from a 1998 Honda Civic, so new vehicles are like spaceships for me. I've gone so long without (I had manual windows, etc) I don't know whether the new stuff is something I should enjoy as modern day joys or stuff I could still do without.

Question is Limited vs. Touring. The only reason I would want to go Limited is for the advanced safety features, esp the ACC. It sounds pretty cool, useful on a long interstate road trip. Entertainment, eh, we use iPads and a nice sound system is a want not a need. Leather I could take it or leave it. I've done the drive from SF to LA many times and it's always been an absorbing 5-6 hr drive, nonstop assessments, accelerating to pass this vehicle, pulling to the slow lane to let that hot-to-trot car pass you, adjusting to fit at a certain speed until you close the distance to the next too-slow vehicle, etc. I never thought it was something annoying, it was just part of driving.

Would ACC mean anything to a driver like me? We go on road trips maybe 3-4 times a year...so maybe we wouldn't be using it that often. As for using it for stop and go traffic, I think my control issues will never let me fully trust it will stop correctly and I'd be constantly overriding it with my brakes. But anyone who's moved from mostly manual to mostly electronic must have gone through all of this, so let me know your thoughts.

It's a 5K difference, looking at the online prices between Touring and Limited (more discounts generally for Touring). Of course I don't know what the real difference would be, but that's a big one for a rough estimate.

What about the other safety options? I don't think I ever drift lanes unintentionally, though if the Lane Departure can catch me drifting when lane markings are hard for my eyes to read (faded marking or rainy days) that would actually be a help. Rear Cross Path sounds great too, but 5K great?

Has anyone ever regretted getting the higher trim?
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In the market for a minivan - two kids, love to camp, etc. Longtime Honda/Toyota driver but willing to make the jump to the Pacifica for the hybrid.

Agonizing over trim levels. Moving from a 1998 Honda Civic, so new vehicles are like spaceships for me. I've gone so long without (I had manual windows, etc) I don't know whether the new stuff is something I should enjoy as modern day joys or stuff I could still do without.

Question is Limited vs. Touring. The only reason I would want to go Limited is for the advanced safety features, esp the ACC. It sounds pretty cool, useful on a long interstate road trip. Entertainment, eh, we use iPads and a nice sound system is a want not a need. Leather I could take it or leave it. I've done the drive from SF to LA many times and it's always been an absorbing 5-6 hr drive, nonstop assessments, accelerating to pass this vehicle, pulling to the slow lane to let that hot-to-trot car pass you, adjusting to fit at a certain speed until you close the distance to the next too-slow vehicle, etc. I never thought it was something annoying, it was just part of driving.

Would ACC mean anything to a driver like me? We go on road trips maybe 3-4 times a year...so maybe we wouldn't be using it that often. As for using it for stop and go traffic, I think my control issues will never let me fully trust it will stop correctly and I'd be constantly overriding it with my brakes. But anyone who's moved from mostly manual to mostly electronic must have gone through all of this, so let me know your thoughts.

It's a 5K difference, looking at the online prices between Touring and Limited (more discounts generally for Touring). Of course I don't know what the real difference would be, but that's a big one for a rough estimate.

What about the other safety options? I don't think I ever drift lanes unintentionally, though if the Lane Departure can catch me drifting when lane markings are hard for my eyes to read (faded marking or rainy days) that would actually be a help. Rear Cross Path sounds great too, but 5K great?

Has anyone ever regretted getting the higher trim?
I don't have ACC or a hybrid, so I'm not sure I'll be much help. Here is a recent thread about someone using ACC and having an accident which may shed some light on the pitfall of relying on it and others comments related to ACC. I've also read about others who seem to like the ACC. If you use the forum search feature you may find more stories about the benefits of ACC. Only you can decide if it is worth the extra cost. It looks like the ACC package is optional on the hybrid limited, which means possibly an additional $1000 beyond the starting price difference.

https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum...to_threadtools

If you want a roof rack already installed, then you may want to keep that in mind when you are looking since a Touring doesn't usually have a roof rack included. However, some on the forum have bought a mopar roof rack (holes are predrilled in van covered by rubber strips) and installed it themselves.

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Get the touring. Save the $, it's enough of a spaceship, you still have to drive it, and it drives well.
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The Advanced Safety Technology is the Best reason to purchase a new vehicle.
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I opted for the Touring L nine months ago. Wasn't thrilled with the leather seating but, at the time, that was the only way to get the Advanced Safety. I felt it was a must have having seen it in a friend's. Accura that I drove. I find the other safety features of this van compared to my previous 2005 T&C such as lane keeping, backup assist and blind spot monitor also worth the money.

The van has 10000 miles including two 1000 mile trips. My usage is for utility not utmost in luxury. I use it to haul bikes, occasionally building materials and big things for my son who is not a van convert yet. Our other two kids have seen the light and bought vans.

Stow and Go is the biggest win for me. In fact, since the kids are grown, the seats are stowed most of the time.

I particularly like the ACC which I use ONLY on the interstate in free flowing traffic. It is one step above the regular cruise control in convenience. I like the way it tracks the vehicle in front of me and locks me into the flow of traffic. No more setting and resetting of the cruise. It is cool to see it stop the van BUT that was done as a test for curiosity not for regular usage.

Once I got used to it, I did not regret getting it. I have no idea how it affected my insurance cost though.

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I just bought a Limited with the Advanced Safety Tec and have never owned a car with more than a backup camera.

I donít trust the active cruise but it is great in traffic. Use it to assist your driving and it will reduce fatigue while adding a layer of safety. With people being distracted I find they hit the brakes much later than in the past. The active cruise and automatic braking will at least help in that case.

The lane departure is also nice to have but only works well on the highway of course. Itís not intrusive but it does keep you in the lanes.

The 360 camera is an awesome feature. A co-worker accidentally backed over his toddler son and killed him. Thinking about how careful my co-worker is I really see the value of a 360 camera in any vehicle but especially one that can be hard to see out of.

Minivans are generally driven by people prone to distraction because of the passengers. Little kids are always doing crazy things or screaming. Big kids block the view out of the vehicle.

Iím happy we have the safetytec and wouldnít have bought the van without it.


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How long do you own your vehicles for? Is there a chance your kids may be driving it?

For a person who buys and holds a car for ten years, the costs arenít as high when looked at on a yearly basis. Iíve had my current van for 10 years, and I expect the next to last as long or longer.

Who else drives it or might drive it? What kind of drivers are they?
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What about the other safety options? I don't think I ever drift lanes unintentionally, though if the Lane Departure can catch me drifting when lane markings are hard for my eyes to read (faded marking or rainy days) that would actually be a help. Rear Cross Path sounds great too, but 5K great?
I don't think ACC would be worth $5k in your case. Some safety features that comes with the Hybrid Touring Plus is Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert and braking. I would get the power liftgate option. Try to buy a one that hasn't sat long on the lot or you might have some issues with the 12V battery. Buy before January 1st so you can get the credit in 2019. If you buy in 2019 you'll have to wait til 2020 to get the tax credit.


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Thanks, all, for input.

I plan to drive my vehicles into the ground. My first and pretty much only car was the 98 Honda Civic, 20 years, 316K miles, died recently and since then, started driving husband's Prius 2008, has 150K, will probably replace the hybrid battery, and get another 10 years out of it. So, does look like Limited over 10+ years (hoping it lasts that long without too many problems) might be cost-effective.

Price ranges on-line compared to safety:
Touring Plus 36-38K: basic safety trac (rear camera, etc)
Touring L 40-43K: Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path
Limited: 43-47K: FCW, ACC, 360 camera

I might get at least the Touring L, as I suspect I would need some assistance with such a large vehicle, after driving a small vehicle for so long.

I'm a bit afraid all the bells and whistles will...startle and annoy me. Whenever I hear a siren I momentarily freeze up and have massive adrenaline rush and don't necessarily act calmly...don't know if alarms will actually help or harm me. Also, in the last 2 years of Honda Civic ownership, some electronic parts started to go bad and couldn't be fixed - the alarm that warned you that the headlights were still on or the keys still in ignition stopped working, and after 18 years of being trained by the sound, the next 2 years I kept getting locked out or draining my battery leaving the lights on (until I hid an extra key in a magnetic box and bought a portable charger). So there is the concern of becoming reliant on short-lived electronics. The more options installed, more stuff to fail/deal with? I see the thread where the ACC failed...has the other Advanced Safety features had any issues?

I'm still trying to wrap my head around no spare tire and no easy shift to neutral when car stalls. So this shift to electronic seems pretty huge.

Kids are 7 and 2, there's a chance the older might be driving it in 9 years. I might lend the car out to my siblings, who are responsible family types, for road trips.
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You should get the car with Advanced Safety tech. Its has very useful for me even though I like to do all driving myself. Its takes the monotonous stuff out of driving and acts as a secondary check just in case you are not paying attention. Itís only $1K (not 5K) as far as Iím aware. And both Limited and TL+ can be had with or without the AST package (unless it has changed recently). Your question of limited vs TL+ is totally different and not related to AST.
Limited gets different feature set such as Napa leather power folding 3rd row, upgraded steering wheel, memory seats, (?HID headlights) etc. Iím not completely sure about the Pachy but for gas version these apply.
Unless you want all the looks and luxury features, the TL plus with AST is a great car ( and the best part is the rear entertainment is standard on TL+ but only an upgrade option on Limited).


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