I have the side cameras.
Back when I was shopping, if I had special ordered a unit, I was pretty adamant that I wanted them.
We ended up buying a stock unit off the lot & they were already there.
Now, having them, I don't use them all that much. I leave the backup camera on all the time. And, like others I'm sure, I don't make a lot of lane changes. So, when I do make a lane change, I have a pretty good idea who is behind / beside me from the backup camera. The mirrors do a great job. If at all, it would just be a quick glance to the side cameras.
They do come in pretty handy if you're turning at a weird angle. For example, when pulling out of a drive that's almost parallel to the road & when the house portion makes it impossible to see "over your shoulder". I've actually turned on the wrong turn signal there to get a view of the side.
- If I had to order a new unit today, I would probably get them as they don't add that much to the overall price.
- If I were buying a stock unit today, I wouldn't care at all if there were on the unit or not.
- If I didn't have them, I wouldn't add them aftermarket unless you really wanted them & could do it inexpensively.
mweber78 - Surprised? Two people with the side cameras & neither were saying they're great.
bspickler - Why do the side cameras interfere with your map? On mine, both the backup & side cameras show on the "rear view mirror" (the backup is always on & then flashes to the side camera image when using the the turn signal). The map shows on the radio screen.