I remember being behind a large SUV at a stoplight years ago, silently judging the parents whose kids were watching a movie on the in-car DVD player. “Seriously?” I thought. “I would NEVER let my kids watch TV in the car if we were just driving around town.” Um, hello — my name is Tara and I am a hypocrite. If I’ve learned anything in my 6+ years as a parent, it’s that we need to support each other as moms and dads, not judge each other. We all do things differently, and most of the time you’re in survival mode when it comes to life with little ones. And in the interest of full disclosure, when I got the keys to our long-term 2017 Nissan Armada a few weeks ago, I breathed a giant sigh of relief when I realized it had two rear-seat DVD screens.
I got into the Armada after spending several weeks in our long-term Chrysler Pacifica, which also has dual backseat screens, so I was curious to see how the “entertainment” part of the Nissan’s infotainment system compared. As much as I am loving the Armada in general, with all of its power, good looks and features galore (including my favorite feature in practically any car today — Nissan’s Around View monitor), I have to say the DVD system feels a little antiquated.
I’m embarrassed to say that I had to pull over on the side of the road with both of my kids waiting impatiently in the back seat the first time I tried to get the DVD player to work. I had to take out the owner’s manual — which speaks volumes about how NOT intuitive it is. Also, you can’t get the movie to start unless you’re parked and the emergency brake is on. I get that this is a safety feature, but it’s an inconvenience for parents who may be desperate to quickly distract their kids on the road. There’s a remote available, which could help you get around this, but if your kids aren’t old enough to work the remote themselves (mine are too little, at 3 and 6, and the remote won’t work in the front), it defeats the purpose. One more thing: The rear screens in the 2017 Nissan Armada aren’t touchscreens like in the Pacifica, which instantly makes them feel less modern, but they do get the job done.
The bottom line is that all in-car DVD players are not created equal, nor are they one-size-fits-all. So much depends on the ages of your children, so you should probably bring them along for the test drive. Find a 2017 Nissan Armada for sale
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