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In the rear, there are the fold-down overhead monitors (ranging from 6 to 15 inches), the front seat headrest monitors (ranging from 4 to 8 inches), and, in some Ford and GM large sedans, mid-console-mounted DVD players.

Hey, being on the road with the kids for a long trip is a whole lot easier if they’re entertained along the way. Take a few such trips and you’ll feel the cost of the system is well worth it.

Massaging Seats

Whose aching back couldn’t benefit from massaging seats? And we’re not just talking about a rumble in the lumbar region, but seats that actually massage your back. Check out the ones offered in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and see if you don’t agree. They’re called Drive Dynamic multi-contour front seats with massage and feature 11 adjustable pneumatic chambers in the seat plus four levels of massage to stimulate back muscles.

What Else?

Of course, there are the requisite USB ports, auxiliary power outlets, coolers and freezers and cold-water dispensers. Think of the family car as living room entertainment on wheels. That’s really what it’s all moving toward. And that’s a good thing. The more time you spend behind the wheel, the more you realize that family car tech really matters.


[JD Power and Associates, Ford, Mercedes-Benz]

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