Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Car: '13 2.5Ltd w/EyeSight ::::: '02 2.5Ltd AT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
If you have to ask whether you need the nav, then chances are you don't need the nav. That said, I decidedly did not need the nav but I wanted eyesight badly enough that I was buying it. Although I would be inclined to resent that add-on, I'm growing to appreciate the features.
The nav is considerably more powerful than my handheld gps ($350 in 2011, a gift). I especially like the traffic/construction updates. The other features such as hands-free calling are compelling safety components. The integrated Bluetooth and voice commands are slick and effective.
I estimate it will add three-, maybe four hundred dollars to trade-in value 4 years out, but you should assume very little in the way of payback if it's a concern. In other words, I find the price hard to justify without regular use. As I've mentioned, I use it a lot more than I thought I would (not so much for finding my way around).
Too soon to know about updates in the '13. The card is easy to access and inexpensive, so it bodes well for swapping.