Yep, same here, everything is pre-sold / reserved. One dealer requires a $500 deposit, the other doesn't care about that; both dealers know they can sell the car immediately if whoever has reserved it backs out. Once you accept that you're paying MSRP and might not get the color or trim you want, it's actually a fairly low-pressure sales environment. You will get what you get and you will like it...or someone else will! Our car dealership lots across all brands are truly depressing to see. Bare parking lots for days.Our local Subaru dealer has exactly ONE new model for sale...a silver 2021 Legacy sedan. Everything else is gone. And they say that the next few trucks' worth of new cars are pre-sold. It's just a tough market right now for buying cars.
Regarding the cameras, we use both front and rear cameras all the time. We park in a standard 2-car garage but I have a workbench on the end wall and want to pull the Ascent in just far enough to where the garage door will close, to maximize the space in front of it. I'd also like to be able to pull the Ascent into the garage just far enough that the rear liftgate will open without hitting the closed garage door (so we can pack the car when it's raining or snowing or whatever). So I have two bright tape marks on the floor and we use the front camera every time we pull into the garage. When we pull forward enough so that the first tape mark is just no longer visible, then we're in far enough to close the garage door. When we pull forward enough so that the second tape mark is just no longer visible, then we're in far enough to close the garage door and have the rear liftgate open.
The rear camera (in the mirror that comes with the Touring) is nice because you don't have to adjust the mirror for different drivers. It's truly like a television display when it's on, and the viewing angle isn't critical. I really like the brightness and fullness of the color picture and find that my older eyes can more easily see what's going on behind me when in television mode than a mirror. I find that I have to look "into" the mirror for longer, and let my eyes re-focus on that 3-dimension visual, before I get good clarity on what's behind me. Television mode, however, presents a 2-dimensional image for me to look at and I can acquire objects with my eyes much faster in that mode.
The rearview mirror is probably the biggest surprise to us, in terms of a Touring feature we didn't think we cared about but find that we use all the time.
I will say that I also fold the outside mirrors a lot. That's also a Touring specific feature. I fold the mirrors in our garage (for more room, fewer brushes against the mirrors, etc.) and I fold the mirrors when parked.
Very helpful feedback on the front and rear cameras. They both sound very practical even if excessive! I imagine both will come standard on most cars in the next five years. Even though the Touring isn't cheap, those sorts of bells and whistles for the price make it a great value IMO. If you price out the top-tier Pilot, you're past $50k and still missing some of this stuff, on top of having a car that looks dumb (although they are very quiet). A new Highlander will cost even more than that and looks worse than the Pilot!