Is it incorrect grouping to include '13 with '11-'12 then, or are they the same across from '11-'15? '16?
In USDM, at least, the 2011-12 are the same width as the rest of the world, but the 2013-15 are an inch or so wider, and the 2016 have an additional rear-view camera.
difference is primarily that the EX has heat and the base doesn't, yes? do both have turn signal and power adjust? If so, and nothing different in shape to tell from outside, is there any visual cue to discern EX from base mirrors?
Unfortunately some of the parts sellers don't know the trim level details of the donor car, and the part numbers given are just the ones stamped on the housing, which doesn't tell me much. There are lots of pics, though, so is the plug or anything different on the Ex vs base?
I do not own the BASE model, but the primary difference between base and EX is the heated mirror, so you will have two black wires to the EX mirror, but base and EX mirrors will be interchangeable, as a direct plug-in to the door harness--same pin connector. [My Ganador mirrors were used on a base model before I bought them, and they also plug into my EX model--just that they don't have a heated mirror.]
I've seen some with a blue plug and others with a seemingly larger white plug, and some that appear to have 5 wires (y,bl,br,pink, purp) while others seem to have additional black wires as well? Any way to tell by looking if it will be a direct fit for my EX? I figured the wires would sort it, unless what I noted is a difference in model year.
Get the ones with the two additional black wires--they are for the heater element on the mirror. Here's a pic of my EX wiring (this is the left side, but I'd assume the right side is the same.)
Is it better to go with a used oem vs a new aftermarket for the same price? the new oem is trying to break my bank ....
I'm not aware of a new aftermarket mirror assembly for the same price/availability of the used OEM replacement.