Re: Lariat or XLT
Leaser? Sounds like he's going to buy new...
I'd stick with the XLT and get an aftermarket GPS unit. $75+ a month more for the duration of a lease just for a built in GPS that you have to take into the dealer if you want to get it updated for a couple hundred bucks on top of the lease payment... no thanks. I'll get the lesser user friendly XLT and keep my Garmin, or even buy a new one if I wanted to go all fancy.
If you really wanted in dash nav, there are a few things to consider such as use-while-driving. Aftermarket systems can be easily overridden so you can use it on the go, and they're generally less money up front for one of those slide in the dash units. Most also double as a DVD/TV screen that you can use for whatever interests you or other ppl in the vehicle. A good slide out one will be in the $1K range. Or, if you just want GPS, you can get a $150-250 Garmin or TomTom with a few good features, even BlueTooth these days. OEM stereo is decent from what I was told, but you could always upgrade to an in dash system down the road. The downside to aftermarket is theft as well. Built-ins are harder to take, and the portable GPS is secure, and you can use it in other vehicles as well, which is why I think it makes sense if you have more than one vehicle.
'00 Durango R/T 360ci 290hp (modded); 138,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 44,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 13,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!