Forgive my ignorance, but how is the new one different?
That little slit in the middle with the white light coming out of it. The older CX-9s had them and I loved it because that little bit of ambient light in the car at night is very classy (and helpful!).
Great writeup! Added to my 3rd gen 1 Stop Shop. But man... almost $80 USD for the new unit just for that little light is a tough pill to swallow.