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When Driving is about Lifestyle, Car Life Nation is the Answer

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A silver 2023 Nissan Armada is shown driving on a road near a city.

How Vehicle Interiors Should Be Built to Expect the Unexpected

Being ready means many things. To expect the unexpected, you need to first understand what the unexpected can entail. That sounds impossible and redundant, doesn’t it? To some extent, it is, and that’s because nobody can tell the future. However, what we can do is use the tools we have to prepare for the unexpected because, historically speaking, unexpected things happen every day. Here’s an example: some people keep an umbrella by the front door in case it begins to rain that day, and some purchase the store supply of toilet paper in the worst of times, but I digress.

People have been preparing for the worst at every turn for generations. It’s not only ourselves that need to expect the unexpected to dodge whatever it is we’re avoiding, but product manufacturers need to do the same. Whether it’s a company like LG developing a TV, Apple creating a phone, or a vehicle manufacturer updating a model, as we see with the 2023 Nissan Armada, it’s wise to think about the wide range of possibilities for any scenario.

When I say “the wide range of possibilities for any scenario,” I’m not here to lecture you on quantum physics and the multiverse theory; that’s way beyond the scope of this discussion. Instead, the wide range of possibilities for any scenario includes natural elements common enough to warrant prevention but not rare enough to be something of an oddity if included. I believe the best way to describe this would be by stating how every modern-day automobile has at least a handful of airbags because crashes are not expected, but they can still happen, and almost always unexpectedly. There’s plenty to discuss and unravel here, so let’s begin, alright?

A red 2023 Nissan Armada Platinum is shown parked off-road near a stream.

The “Sort of” Unexpected

What do I mean by the “Sort of” unexpected? Aside from the aforementioned example I gave about airbags, there are many other ways that vehicle manufacturers deal with common things, yet possibly unexpected. The largest example that comes to my mind is the weather, and there’s a strong chance the vehicle you currently drive is equipped with at least two features designed to battle harsh elements.

These can be in the form of heated seats and climate controls, the latter represented by standard dual-zone automatic temperature control with dedicated air conditioning and heat ducts in the back. The 2023 Nissan Armada can be fitted with either heated seats or climate-controlled front seats, which combines the functions of the heated seats with ventilation for cooling.

There are ways you can protect your vehicle from the unexpected regarding weather, whether it’s from the manufacturer or via third-party means. Vehicles have been shipping with windshield wipers as long as you’ve been alive, and you don’t use them every day unless you’re taking a rain-soaked trip out West to Seattle. A perfect example of more possible third-party solutions is floor mats, specifically ones that are either easily cleanable and rugged enough to withstand different types of materials like ice, sand, snow, dirt, and mud.

“Sort of” unexpected also means facilitating the necessary equipment to protect your vehicle from damages during the occasional cargo haul. To combat this, Nissan offers a carpeted cargo area protector on select trims, but third-party protection mats will do the job fine if necessary. Although you may expect to occasionally put large cargo in the back of your vehicle, sometimes it can happen when you least expect it, so it’s good to be prepared.

A white 2023 Nissan Armada is shown using its Automatic Emergency Braking sensor.

Extra, Extra!

For as long as there have been commercial automobiles on the road, there have always been drivers paying extra attention to safety, specifically how to quickly rectify any unexpected problem that may result in injury. Here’s an example: the chances are that you have a first aid kit at your home, and even though you aren’t opening it every day, it’s on the days when you slice your hand that you become grateful that you thought about preparing for injuries beforehand.

First aid kits can be added to any vehicle if you supply your own, so there have been drivers bringing along their box of healing goodies for generations. It’s not a stressful endeavor to add your first aid kit, but if you’re in the process of customizing your vehicle, like the 2023 Nissan Armada, you may as well opt for some of the available extras so you don’t have to worry about forgetting one in the future.

When customizing the 2023 Nissan Armada, you can include a dealer-installed first aid kit for an extra $35, an emergency road kit for $66, and an integrated trash bin that doesn’t get in the way for an extra $50. To each their own, but if you’re hoping to get some seatbelt extenders, you’ll be pleased to know that a $46 seat belt extender kit is available, plus an additional $46 for the third row. The best part about these added features is that they’re all optional, but not just that — you can always add features like a first aid kit later, so don’t feel too stressed about that decision.

Modern-Day Expectations Help the Unexpected

Modern-day vehicles like the 2023 Nissan Armada are built with modernized features that we all know and love. Of course, I’m talking about the infotainment center, which the 2023 Nissan Armada, like its past two predecessors, implements a 12.3-inch infotainment center. Ever since the release of the 2021 Armada, Nissan has supplied this full-size SUV with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen to replace the 8-inch screen on a handful of models before that. Those who have ever used an infotainment center with built-in internet capabilities are well aware that an infotainment system is far more than a radio.

Nowadays, infotainment centers like the 12.3-inch system inside the 2023 Armada are designed to help us access vital information at a moment’s notice. In this way, vehicles like the 2023 Armada are mobile phones on wheels. Thanks to seamless integration with software like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, your 2023 Armada feels more like an extension of your phone than anything else. Sure, we may get carried away with our cellphones by reading articles, playing mobile games, and so on, but their ultimate use case is that of emergencies, and having access to both emergency contacts, parents, children, relatives, or friends is something that we may take for granted. Vehicles like the 2023 Nissan Armada take these tools to help us handle the unexpected and combine them with the general usage of your automobile to ensure you’re never far out of reach from those who need you.

Not every unexpected moment is an emergency, but infotainment centers like the one in the 2023 Nissan Armada help all the same. Having a Wi-Fi hotspot means unexpected mobile dead zones are less likely to plague your phone connection on the road, and with built-in navigation available to you, you can change the route whenever you want, and you won’t be worrying about getting lost. Infotainment centers with internet connectivity can also help you stay ahead of the curve with implemented weather apps, so you can plan your trip to better avoid any unexpected rain.

A white 2023 Nissan Armada is shown driving off-road.

You Can Expect One Thing

In a world of unexpected turn of events, there are a few things we can always count on. Firstly, you can count on the government looking for your annual taxes, milk goes great with cookies, and vehicles like the Nissan Armada sit as one of the very best full-size SUVs on the market. Truthfully, you can never completely avoid the unexpected; otherwise, life would be a lot blander, don’t you think?

With that said, the saying “better safe than sorry” has rung through my ears for years, and it’s vehicles like the Armada that I feel give people like myself the perfect blend of features that are not only useful to me daily but also combined with the ones that I’ll be glad to have if its uses are ever called upon. The 2023 Nissan Armada does a fantastic job with this, and I seriously recommend it to anyone hoping for a modern-day automotive experience with all the bells and whistles and no strings attached.

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