Which cars have seats with cooling: what is the advantage of such a feature
Heated seats bring the comfort of car use in winter to a new level. But as the climate changes towards warmer temperatures and summer heat waves become more frequent, automakers have begun to equip their cars with seat cooling features.
So far, relatively few models have them. Cars.com looked into what it is and how it works. (To see a list of cars with seat cooling, scroll to the end of the news story.)
Increasing demand for ventilated seats is fueled by the popularity of leather or leatherette interiors, which breathe less and heat up more than textile upholstery. As a result, they stick to the body, which is very unpleasant. Demand for seat ventilation has grown so much that some premium models now offer it in the back row.
How seat cooling works
The general principle behind seat ventilation systems is to circulate air through small openings in the seat surface, rather than directly cooling the surface. The airflow created in this way prevents the body from overheating naturally.
Simple versions of ventilated seats use small fans built into the seats. They increase the circulation of the air that is in the passenger compartment. Different designs cool the air by pushing or pulling it through holes in the upholstery, allowing circulation.
More sophisticated systems use fans to circulate the cooled air through the openings. The most sophisticated (and rare) versions push cooled air coming from the car air conditioner. It is impossible to say which one is by far the best. It all depends on personal choice and feelings.
Are cooled seats worth their money?
Ten years ago, when the novelty was just introduced to the market, the experts of the publication put seat cooling in the list of functions for which there is no sense to pay A lot has changed since as most of these systems have become more convenient and efficient.
Now, the publication's journalists recommend evaluating a seat cooling system by whether it blows enough air over the seat and backrest area. This can be verified by taking a test drive of the seat. Only then you should decide whether to install this feature. You can also pay attention to how noisy the fans in the seat are. Also, you should get ready for the fact that the blowing will fail.
List of models that have seat cooling
The above list is approximate because the presence of seat cooling can depend on the body type and transmission. It is also worth remembering that most likely it will not be provided in the base configuration.
Acura: MDX, RDX, TLX
Alfa Romeo: Tonale
Aston Martin : DB11, DBS, DBX, Vantage.
Audi: A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, E-Tron, E-Tron GT, Q5, Q7, Q8.
Bentley: Bentayga, Continental GT, Flying Spur
BMW: 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series, i4, i7, iX, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, XM
Buick: Enclave, Envision
Cadillac: CT4, CT5, Escalade, Lyriq, XT4, XT5, XT6
Chevrolet: Blazer, Bolt EUV, Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Equinox, Malibu, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse.
Chrysler: 300, Pacifica
Dodge: Challenger, Charger, Durango, Hornet
Ford: Edge, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, F-150 Lightning, Super Duty F-250/350, Mustang.
Genesis: G70, G80, G90, GV60, GV70, GV80
GMC: Acadia, Canyon, Hummer EV Pickup, Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Terrain, Yukon.
Honda: Accord, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot
Hyundai: Elantra Hybrid, Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, Kona Electric, Nexo, Palisade, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson.
Infiniti: QX50, QX55, QX60, QX80
Jaguar: F-Pace, F-Type, I-Pace, XF
Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Grand Wagoneer, Wagoneer
Kia: Carnival, EV6, Forte, K5, Niro, Sorento, Sportage, Stinger, Telluride
Land Rover: Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar
Lexus: ES, GX, IS, LC, LS, LX, NX, RC, RX, RZ, UX
Lincoln: Aviator, Corsair, Nautilus, Navigator
Maserati: Ghibli, Grecale, Levante, Quattroporte
Mazda: CX-5, CX-50, CX-9
Mercedes-Benz: AMG GT Coupe, C-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, EQB, EQE Sedan, EQE SUV, EQS Sedan, EQS SUV, G-Class, GLA-Class, GLB-Class, GLC-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, S-Class, SL-Class
Nissan: Ariya, Armada, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Titan, Titan XD
Polestar: Polestar 2
Porsche: 718, 911, Cayenne, Macan, Panamera, Taycan.
Ram: 1500, 2500/3500 HD
Rivian: R1S, R1T
Rolls-Royce: Cullinan, Ghost, Phantom
Subaru: Ascent, Legacy, Outback, Solterra
Tesla: Model S, Model X
Toyota: 4Runner, bZ4X, Camry, Crown, Highlander, Mirai, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tundra, Venza.
VinFast: VF 8, VF 9
Volkswagen: Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf GTI, Golf R, Jetta, Taos, Tiguan
Volvo: S90, V60 Cross Country, V90 Cross Country, XC60, XC90
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