12 New Car Features That Aren't Worth the Money

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Rear-Seat Entertainment Systems

The pictures in the brochures are awesome. There are happy kids in the back seat of an SUV or minivan with their wireless headphones on, entranced by the built-in entertainment system. But that period of parental bliss comes at a high price.

In the 2016 Ford Explorer Limited, a dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system with a DVD player costs $1,995. For half that price, you could buy a pair of 64-gigabyte Apple iPad Air 2 tablets ($499 each). The iPads have bigger screens and can do more than just play videos, with thousands of apps available from the Apple app store. Plus, you can move the iPads from car to car and they can keep the kids entertained on airplanes.

The downside of the portable tablets is that they offer an enticing theft target if they’re left out in the open when the car is parked.

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