Yes, the map upgrades must be purchased. I forget how much, but $125-150 I believe. Fortunately for CVO owners, the upgrades are free for 3 (maybe 5) years.
I can tell you that in my area (SW Florida), I have the newest map upgrades and they still don't have many roads that are a year or more old loaded into the database. There were some improvements over the 2016 version I had, but if I had to pay for the upgrade, I would have been disappointed.
HD sources all this stuff from another company. HD should pressure them to do a better job.
Last edited by zigzag930; 09-22-2017 at 05:36 PM.