I would agree with the additional tint strip, it really makes a big difference when driving into the sun. I also did an almost unnoticeable windshield tint, again comfort in direct sun.
I also added 3M PPF on the front clip, roofline, a-columns and all 4 doorstep/rockers.
Among other vehicles, I have an 04 Element that has 307k and runs well. My ordered Mav is the replacement and I would think it an equal range of price if both were new today. Finally, I'd say if they made the E today I'd be hard pressed not to purchase it.