2011 Ford FlexEnlarge Photo
With seating for up to seven, the Ford Flex crossover has a rear-seat dual headrest DVD entertainment system available as a $1,995 option on SEL, Limited and Titanium models.
2012 Lincoln NavigatorEnlarge Photo
The upscale seven-passenger 2012 Lincoln Navigator SUV has available Dual Headrest DVD Entertainment system featuring two seven-inch color LCD wide-screen monitors built into the front row head restraints. The monitors have top-slot loading players, two dual-channel infrared headphones, and a remote control. This is a dealer-installed accessory.
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosseEnlarge Photo
Available with Premium I, II and III and Touring packages, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse five-passenger luxury sedan has a rear entertainment system featuring two display screens mounted into the front seatbacks. A $1,295 option, the rear entertainment system also requires the $1,345 audio system with navigation and $600 entertainment package, for a total of $3,240 on top of anything else you order.
2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
In the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury sedan, the rear seat entertainment system, a $1,910 option, features two LCD monitors built into the front head restraints for enjoying movies or video games independently or together, two wireless headsets and dual wireless remotes. Separate movies can play at once, by using both the DVD player under the rear seat and the standard in-dash CD/DVD changer. Auxiliary inputs on both monitors plus the underseat DVD player connect portable gaming devices, video cameras or other peripherals.
Is a DVD rear seat entertainment system really worth the cost – anywhere from about $1,500 to nearly $7,000? To some families, it may be a must-have feature.
On the other hand, there’s always the point to be made that maybe you’re better off with a couple of iPads. It’s a whole lot cheaper, that’s for sure, and the kids probably already have them for school. And foregoing the expensive rear-seat entertainment system certainly won’t add to the resale value of your vehicle when it’s time to buy new again.