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EX versus EX-L trying to decide
I like that the EX-L has XM radio, a power liftgate, and a especially a rearview camera.
I'd be sold on the EX-L if it only had those features. However what is holding me back is is the VCM and Leather.:
Googling, some people say it is fine and others claim it makes the van feel sluggish on the highway as the 3 cylinders take a moment to re-engage. What's the edmunds forum concensus is VCM "good food" or should I "keep it simple" with the VCMless EX?
We've had one vehicle with leather, a 2002 Passat. After 7 years the leather is cracked and splitting in places. Part of it may be us, we are hard on interiors, BUT the cloth in our 1996 Saab looks great.
Quoting my passat service rep: "If you ask me sir, volkswagen needs to make a better quality product".
Googling, some say the honda leather is excellent, some say it's mediocre and others state the quality of the cloth fabric in the 2009 is not that great (it felt a little cheap on test drive). In any case, if we get the EX-L (based on our VW experience) we would probably get seat covers for the front and back, negating a lot of the advantages of leather.
If the leather and VCM scare me into an EX I'd still want to add a backup camera (or maybe the honda "sensor" that beeps) and an XM or sirius radio.
So after a lot of background here's my questions:
Has anyone successfully added an "aftermarket" rear backup camera, or purchased the honda sensor option? How did it work out?
Finally: which is best, going with honda or an aftermarket in-dash sirius/XM radio?