Base or Touring

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by NJClarity, Jun 24, 2018.

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Which model did you choose?

  1. Base

    37.5%
  2. Touring

    62.5%
  3. Both

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. NJClarity

    NJClarity New Member

    Just curious what model everyone is driving? One of the harder decisions in the process. Data from Truecar shows about the a 60/40 split for the Touring.
     
  2. Atul Thakkar

    Atul Thakkar Active Member

    You will be better off with touring if you are in USA
     
  3. vicw

    vicw Active Member

    Touring - Mainly for the power & programmed position front seats
     
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  4. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    Especially front seat-bottom tilt.
     
  5. kcsunshine

    kcsunshine Active Member

    I wanted the base but was out voted by the wife 1-1. I try to look at it logically and the difference is around 1/10 of the car. To me, it is not worth 1/10. That 1/10 could be used towards the next car.
     
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  6. AndyBA

    AndyBA New Member

    I traded in a Pilot with leather seats but have been plenty happy with the base Clarity.
     
  7. Tdude

    Tdude New Member

    Base if you don't mind manual seat adjustment.
     
  8. bfd

    bfd Active Member

    In the case of this particular car, there's no compelling reason to go with the Touring model. Both levels are essentially the same in every category that counts. So for the extra $2-3k, you have to really want the power seats because there's really no difference otherwise. The nav system isn't all that, and since both levels have CarPlay or Android's version there's access to plenty of other nav options. It would've been nice to see Honda offer something along the lines of a slightly bigger ICE plant or any other option like better wheels, heated steering wheel, enhanced safety like rear cross traffic, etc. within that Touring premium. Still, there are plenty of people who are OK with the extra $$$ for power seats and nav.
     
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  9. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    And you find the angle of the driver's seat bottom acceptable in the Base. It's adjustable in the Touring.
     
  10. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    I wanted the power seats, especially the seat position memory. The rest wasn't that important to me.

    The SatNav in the Clarity is provided by Garmin. We've used Garmin devices on top of our dashboard for years which cost about $150 each and come with free traffic and map updates. I would have been fine continuing to use a dash mounted Garmin. The disadvantage of the built in Garmin/Map is to change music you have to leave the map. With a dash mounted unit (yes it's ugly) it is always displaying the map.
     
  11. Tailwind

    Tailwind Active Member

    My wife is 4'11", I'm 5'9". Seat memory was a must. Touring
     
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  12. JJim

    JJim Active Member

    I am Canadian so I went to the Base with no consideration due to the lack of power/memory seat on Touring model.
    I used to use Google map on my phone for Navigation. That is 5 years old phone so the map run very slow and the GPS signal reception very poor. I have to mount my phone on the windshield or else I never get GPS signal . Today I hooked up my phone to the car and run Google Map on Android Auto and so surprise how smooth it is and the GPS signal is very strong , even I put my phone in the middle console . I learned in this forum that the Base model has it own GPS module for tracking the car position when using Hondalink app and then the difference between Base and Touring in Navigation system is just the Garmin software . Now I learned that AA used the Clarity's GPS "hardware" to run Google Map. Can anyone double check?
     
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  13. Carro con enchufe

    Carro con enchufe Active Member

    With Apple CarPlay, included in the base model, I can change the music with the arrows on the steering wheel while viewing Apple Maps.
     
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  14. Chris Messer

    Chris Messer Member

    Totally agree, the options that you get with the Touring in Canada are not worth the cost. Hook up your phone and use Maps or Waze, GPS is not worth that much extra. The only other option you get is the programmable garage door buttons....whooopeeeee do.

    The problem is, these things are scarce, so best of luck finding the base model in Canada.
     
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  15. Timothy

    Timothy Active Member

    4' 11" and 5' 10" here. Not only that but we truly share the car. Previously, it was more a his car and a her car. The seat memory has makes this situation much easier. Plus when we purchased our dealer was offering a discount on the Touring but not the Base (which was not yet in stock). At the point that we decided to buy one I was all about the Base. The discount and availability change our minds. After 6 months I have no regrets about going Touring and knowing what I know now, I would pick the Touring over the Base. Additionally, we do occasionally use the Navigation. While we mostly use Google maps via Android Auto, the built-in nav is a nice convenience when you don't feel like connecting your phone.
     
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  16. Timothy

    Timothy Active Member

    Ah, you are the one still using Apple Maps.
     
  17. I have the garage door buttons on my base model. Are they not supposed to be there?
     
  18. Carro con enchufe

    Carro con enchufe Active Member

    I have them on the base model as well. I think the user guide suggests that they are not standard.
     
  19. JJim

    JJim Active Member

    Canadian Base model doesn't have those buttons, that might be the cutting for the battery heater
     
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  20. neal adkins

    neal adkins Active Member

    The touring. The leather similated material also wraps the steering wheel and totally covers the front and rear seats. Plus the touring also has power drivers and passenger seats. Of course Honda's nav system is nice. Why settle for less...
     
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