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New to the forum. Looking to get a 2.5 touring. From comparing the model years online the major differences are

- GPS is standard on 2014. Must pay extra $2000 for it on 2015 (Don't really care about GPS)
- 2015 is 53lbs heavier (probably from bigger wheels)
- 2015 gets 18" wheels
- HID lights are standard on 2015
- Keyless entry is standard on 2015
- Everything else as I can see is the same.

Anything else? Any pros or cons to getting a 2014 or 2015? From what I see. the sticker price is the same for both years.
 

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New to the forum. Looking to get a 2.5 touring. From comparing the model years online the major differences are

- GPS is standard on 2014. Must pay extra $2000 for it on 2015 (Don't really care about GPS)
- 2015 is 53lbs heavier (probably from bigger wheels)
- 2015 gets 18" wheels
- HID lights are standard on 2015
- Keyless entry is standard on 2015
- Everything else as I can see is the same.

Anything else? Any pros or cons to getting a 2014 or 2015? From what I see. the sticker price is the same for both years.
I would guess ~less half the weight is from the wheels; the other part the HID's (my estimate is 30#'s). On other cars, I have been surprised by the noticeable weight gain of HID's.
 

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One reason I picked the 2015 XT Premium over the 2014 besides the AWP on the 2015 depreciation even though the vehicles maybe months apart when they were built the 2014 will always be consider a year older. Unless the dealer is making that up with deep discounts.
 

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New to the forum. Looking to get a 2.5 touring. From comparing the model years online the major differences are

- GPS is standard on 2014. Must pay extra $2000 for it on 2015 (Don't really care about GPS)
- 2015 is 53lbs heavier (probably from bigger wheels)
- 2015 gets 18" wheels
- HID lights are standard on 2015
- Keyless entry is standard on 2015
- Everything else as I can see is the same.

Anything else? Any pros or cons to getting a 2014 or 2015? From what I see. the sticker price is the same for both years.
Yes the only difference from 14 Touring and 15 Touring is
-Wheels
-Keyless entry/start and nav/eyesight is not. (I think is a great upgrade. Nav was useless)
-Chrome rocker panel trim.

You still get these items upgraded from Limited trim...
-electroluminescent lighting on tach/sped
-Premium speakers
-Dual Zone climate control
-1 touch rear folding seats
-Side mirror turn signals

15 Touring is MUCH better in my eyes. I'd rather have the upgraded wheels and keyless entry/start than the bad NAV system and eyesight.
 

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One reason I picked the 2015 XT Premium over the 2014 besides the AWP on the 2015 depreciation even though the vehicles maybe months apart when they were built the 2014 will always be consider a year older. Unless the dealer is making that up with deep discounts.
It's not always as simple as that. The average mileage of the 2015 vs 2014 with help with the value difference. An example of 3 year of car with 36,000 miles vs 2 year of car with 36,000 miles. One will be high miles, the other low miles. Also in my State (MA), we have excise tax. The excise tax difference for buying a 2015 vs 2014 is about $600-700 after 5 years. (My state has an additional year of depreciation for new model year car than current calendar year) Anyways short term, the 2015 deprecation wins out. Long term they are about even and can be ahead if you get a much better price for the older model.

If you want the AWP package, I would buy the car you want.
 

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Also deciding between '14 or '15. I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up with a '15. I really wanted XM Radio but did not want NAV… and now I can!
 

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I'm in a similar boat. Interested in the 2.5i convenience (Canada).
This is roughly equivalent to the US base model with CVT+ alloys + b/u cam + roof rails

2014 has a $1000 cash back.
2015 will (presumably) be harder to negotiate a deal on. MSRP is $300 cheaper.

So, let's assume 2015 is $1000 more expensive. (+HST)

We are not intending to sell this car for many years - hopefully 8-10 or more.

Which car would you buy? As far as I'm aware the only potential change to the 2015 is the stereo interface - which I could not care less about.

Thanks!

Mike
 

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I'm in a similar boat. Interested in the 2.5i convenience (Canada).
This is roughly equivalent to the US base model with CVT+ alloys + b/u cam + roof rails

2014 has a $1000 cash back.
2015 will (presumably) be harder to negotiate a deal on. MSRP is $300 cheaper.

So, let's assume 2015 is $1000 more expensive. (+HST)

We are not intending to sell this car for many years - hopefully 8-10 or more.

Which car would you buy? As far as I'm aware the only potential change to the 2015 is the stereo interface - which I could not care less about.

Thanks!

Mike
If you keep any vehicle 8-10yrs it's going to have crap for resale. Most of your hard depreciation hits happen in the first 3-4 years, after that they pretty much stabilize at a much lower and consistent depreciation rate.

I'm a cheapskate, go with the one that's cheaper and get them to throw in an accessory from the parts department. They've already lost money on that vehicle and need it gone ASAP to recoup some of their money.
 

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Buy the 2014, if you don't care about the difference between the '14 and '15. In 8-10 years you will be ahead.
 
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