What's with you and not trusting people who have the car for almost a year?
Yes, the car comes with a tray and no filter. And I think Lance read somewhere in his magic books that the filter is not supposed to be there because it can cause some problems with HVAC. I don't remember the details and did not find the same stuff in my PDF version of Lance's magic books.
The search function results for "cabin filter" give this thread and an air freshner thread. Im well aware of how to use the search function, thank you.
If someone told you that your new car comes from the factory with out a cabin air filter (and assuming that a new car should) wouldn't the first words out of your mouth be questioning the accuracy of that information? Now I see that it is true and there may be a reason behind it. Definetly something to be aware of and Im glad I asked the question.