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?
Last edited by jenofsf; 12-11-2018 at 01:11 AM.