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VIC Tool Tips Spotlight: Year-Over-Year Changes

Try our new compare data analysis! Our Year-Over-Year Changes analysis provides a quick way to view which features have been added or dropped from one model year to the next:

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Here's How

From our home page, click on Compare to launch the Compare Wizard.

  • Step 1: Choose Compare Data.

  • Step 2: Choose a vehicle you wish to investigate (our example uses the 2019 Nissan Altima). Select which trims you want to include using the checkboxes.

  • Step 3: Choose the Fields you wish to evaluate. In our example, we dragged the entire 'Features' category from the left hand list of fields to the right hand Selected Fields.

  • Step 4: Configure your Data Analysis and Options.
    • Choose Year-Over-Year by Model from the list of analysis types.
    • Under Display Options check Show Differences Only.
  • Click Finish.

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Recent Customer Requests

Take a look at some of the questions we've been asked, and the wealth of information we've been able to dig up!

What vehicles have camera-only forward collision systems?
Which compact CUVs offer dampened glove boxes, have tabs inside the center console cup holders, or are equipped with overhead console sunglasses holders?
In the midsize SUV segment, which interior or exterior lights are using LEDs?
What items are modified when snow plow prep packages are equipped on light duty trucks? (F-150, Silverado, Ram 1500, etc.)

Camera-only Forward Collision Systems

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Compact CUV Interior Features

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LED Interior / Exterior Light Details on Midsize SUVs

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Emailed response:

Here are the bulbs that DO USE LEDs on your vehicles of interest (I included exterior lights as well as interior since I was already pulling these excerpts):

  • Chevrolet Traverse - Note: LED bulb locations typically not specified.
    • Exterior
      • Headlamp low beam (Premier and High Country trims)
    • This vehicle has several LED lamps. For replacement of any LED lighting assembly, contact your dealer.
    • For the proper type of replacement bulbs, or any bulb changing procedure not listed in this section, contact your dealer.
  • Ford Explorer - Note: LED lamps are not serviceable items. See an authorized dealer if they fail.
    • Exterior
      • Front side marker lamps
      • Front signature lamps
      • Daytime running lamps
      • Headlamp low beam
      • Headlamp high beam (LED)
      • Front fog lamps
      • Side direction indicator
      • Rear side marker lamp
      • Brake and rear lamp
      • Central high mounted brake lamp
    • Interior
      • Rear dome lamp
      • Luggage compartment lamp
  • Ford Edge - Note: LED lamps are not serviceable. See an authorized dealer if they fail.
    • Exterior
      • Brake and rear lamp
      • Central high mounted brake lamp
      • Front side marker lamp
      • Front signature lamp
      • Rear direction indicator
      • Rear side marker lamp
      • Reversing lamps
      • Side direction indicator
    • Interior
      • Interior lamp
      • Luggage compartment lamp
  • Honda Pilot
    • Exterior
      • Headlights (Low Beam)
      • Parking Lights
      • Front Side Marker Lights
      • Daytime Running Lights
      • Side Turn Signal Lights (on Door Mirrors)
      • Brake Lights
      • Rear Side Marker Lights
      • Taillights
      • High-Mount Brake Light
      • Rear License Plate Lights
    • Interior
      • Map Lights
      • Ceiling Lights
      • Front and Rear Ambient Lights
      • Door Inner Handle Lights
      • Door Pocket Lights
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
    • Exterior
      • Premium Park/Turn Signal Lamp
      • Premium Daytime Running Lamp (DRL)
      • Front Fog Lamps
      • Premium Front Side Marker - If Equipped
      • Auxiliary Liftgate Tail Lamps
      • Rear License Lamps
      • Rear Body Side Tail Lamps
      • CHMSL - Center High Mounted Stop Lamp
  • Mazda CX-9
    • Exterior
      • Headlights
        • High beam
        • Low beam
      • Daytime running lights/Parking lights (if equipped)
      • Front side-marker lights (if equipped)
      • Front turn signal lights (if equipped)
      • Fog lights
      • Signature wing illumination (if equipped)
      • Side turn signal lights
      • High-mount brake light
      • Rear side-marker lights
      • Brake lights/Taillights
    • Interior
      • Overhead lights (Front)
      • Map lights(Front)
      • Map lights (Center)
      • Overhead light (Rear)
      • Ambient lights
      • Luggage compartment light
  • Nissan Murano - These are LIKELY LED, as they all state 'It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for replacement'.
    • Exterior
      • Headlight assembly (Type B) (if so equipped)
        • High and Low Beam
      • Door mirror turn signal light
      • High-mounted stop light
      • Rear combination light
      • Tail/Stop
    • Interior
      • Map light
      • Courtesy light
      • Personal light
  • Nissan Pathfinder - These are LIKELY LED, as they all state 'It is recommended that you visit a NISSAN dealer for replacement'.
    • Exterior
      • Headlight assembly (Type B) (if so equipped)
        • Low Beam
        • Park / Daytime running
      • Door mirror turn signal
      • High-mounted stop light
    • Interior
      • Map light
      • Personal lights
      • Glove box light
      • Courtesy light
      • Vanity mirror light (if so equipped)
      • Cargo light
  • Toyota Highlander
    • Exterior
      • Brake lights
      • High-mounted stop light
    • Interior
      • Glove box light

Light Duty Truck Tow Hitch and Snow Plow Prep Package Details

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 / GMC Sierra LD - Order Guide

[VYU] Snow Plow Prep Package ($400.00)
Includes roof emergency light provisions.
[K47] High Capacity Air Filter
[KW5] 220 Amps Alternator
Alternator: 220 amp

2019 Ford F-150 - Order Guide

[68P] Snow Plow Prep Package ($50.00)
"SnowPlow" mode button on instrument panel will disable (load shed) the following features to maintain required electrical charge margins during plow operation/us: 110V inverter, fog lamps, heated steering wheel, heated front/rear seats and massaging seats. SnowPlow button also activates relay to snowplow controls. Note: The F-150 snowplow installation is intended for residential/personal use only.
(On Lariat trims, Electronic Shift-On-the-Fly (ESOF) replaces standard 2-speed automatic 4WD)

2019 Ram 1500 - Owners Manual

SNOWPLOW - NOTE: Do not use this model vehicle for snowplow applications.
WARNING! Snowplows and other aftermarket equipment should not be added to the front end of your vehicle. The airbag crash sensors may be affected by the change in the front end structure. The airbags could deploy unexpectedly or could fail to deploy during a collision resulting in serious injury or death.
WARNING! Attaching a snowplow to this vehicle could adversely affect performance of the airbag system in a collision. Do not expect that the airbag will perform as described earlier in this manual.
CAUTION! Using this vehicle for snowplow applications can cause damage to the vehicle.

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