Rear Seat Entertainment
Kia Sorento rear seat entertainment: Keep rear-seat passengers entertained on the go with this dual headrest entertainment system. Two monitors and two controllers. It provides USB ports. Headphones are not included.
Notes: News (CNN, Fox News), Games. RSE does not currently support Apple CarPlay or AirPlay.
What’s the Rear Seat Entertainment Like in the 2022 Kia Sorento?
Drivers can expect to see RSE at Kia Carnival 2022. The operating system features a tiled layout that allows passengers to instantly access built-in applications such as YouTube and Internet browsers. RSE also allows you to get media from various places like USB inputs, SD cards, etc.
What is the Kia Rear Seat Entertainment System?
Rear seat entertainment. Keep rear-seat passengers entertained on the go with this dual headrest entertainment system. Two monitors and two controllers. It provides USB ports. Headphones are not included.
Built-in car entertainment systems: are they worth the money?
Tablets and smartphones are better than built-in rear seat entertainment systems
An in-car entertainment system can be a fun addition to your family vehicle. Whether you’re running errands for the afternoon or on a long road trip, these rear seat systems will keep your kids busy.
However, rear-seat entertainment systems are usually not standard on most new cars; adding one to your family vehicle can be expensive. Smartphones and tablets like iPads are cheaper and many families already have them. The question is: Are rear-seat entertainment systems worthwhile in the age of internet-connected smartphones and tablets?
What is a car entertainment system?
Car entertainment systems (also called rear seat entertainment systems) are basically televisions for your car. They are designed to keep passengers (especially children) entertained while traveling. They may come with one or two monitors, headphones, remote controls, and/or a DVD player or Blu-ray player. Depending on the car manufacturer, some rear seat entertainment systems allow users to connect their own devices such as gaming systems.
(Car infotainment systems are not the same as car infotainment systems – touch screens on a car’s dashboard that controls the car radio and may have smartphone features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.)
Types of rear seat entertainment systems
They may cost more than the aftermarket alternative, but buyers have more protection if something breaks, as the manufacturer’s warranty should cover the entertainment system. Plus, because it’s factory-installed, the system will work seamlessly in your new car and match its decor.
Aftermarket rear-seat entertainment systems are usually less expensive than factory-installed options. However, the system may be less integrated with your vehicle’s infotainment system and may not match your interior design. Aftermarket rear seat entertainment systems can be a simple screen that attaches to the back seat or a complex professional installation that is custom designed for your vehicle.
How much does it cost to add a rear entertainment system?
Expect somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000 more for a factory unit—depending on the vehicle and the complexity of the system—and only slightly less for an aftermarket solution.
If you’re interested in buying a family car, you’re probably considering spending a little extra to get a rear-seat entertainment system. After all, they can keep kids entertained on road trips – whether you’re driving across town or across the country. But is it worth the cost? We’ve taken a closer look at how much it costs and whether you should buy it.
Factory or aftermarket?
If you’re interested in a rear-seat DVD or Blu-ray player for a new vehicle, you’ll find that there are usually two options: buy the car equipped with the feature from the factory, or buy the car without the feature and install it later, usually from an aftermarket company or at a local shop that specializes in car entertainment.
Interestingly, these two solutions usually cost about the same. Yes, the factory option tends to be a little more expensive, but it also works seamlessly with the vehicle, is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, and doesn’t require you to be without the car to install it. Expect somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000 more for a factory unit—depending on the vehicle and the complexity of the system—and only slightly less for an aftermarket solution.
Before committing to an aftermarket rear-seat entertainment system – or adding an optional system to your car – it’s worth considering other options. For example, several vendors now offer mounts that can carry an iPad or other tablet on the back of the front seat, providing a screen for rear-seat passengers. Even better, because the screen isn’t fixed like a rear-seat DVD or Blu-ray player, rear-seat passengers can take this tablet on the go for more options.
Here’s another important thing to consider: Many cars now offer on-board Wi-Fi hotspots that can increase tablet usability. For example, Chrysler’s Uconnect system offers onboard Wi-Fi for $34.99 a month, or $9.99 a day if you only want to subscribe for a specific long drive. With this subscription and tablet PC, backseat passengers can download movies and games on the go, keeping them occupied for much longer than a regular old DVD player is likely to do.
In our minds—and in this world of tablets and useful apps—backseat entertainment doesn’t hold the same value as it once did. With a tablet or iPad holders located on the front seatbacks, rear seat passengers can have almost the same experience as a real DVD player. Sure, the screen might not be that big, but the tablet is portable, which means it can be used for other activities outside of the car. Add Wi-Fi and your kids may never argue again – for a fraction of the cost of a backseat DVD or Blu-ray player.
That said, we could see an argument for a Kia Sorento rear-seat entertainment system – especially if you’re not willing to buy a tablet for your child’s use. But we’d only go for it if the price is very reasonable, as we suspect you won’t get any money back for the rear DVD or Blu-ray player when it comes time to sell your car.