If you’re looking to stay cool this summer in your new car, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve named a few of the best car features for staying cool — and we strongly recommend adding them to your wish list if you’re searching for a new car in a hot climate.
When designed correctly, ventilated seats are some of the best warm-weather features around. Simply press a button to activate a seat’s ventilation system, and prepare to feel almost instantly cooled from behind. That’s great news for most hot-weather drivers, who are used to uncomfortable warmth from car seats.
Automatic Climate Control
Automatic climate control allows you to choose a temperature and let the car do the rest, thanks to sensors that measure the temperature inside a car’s cabin. That’s a major change from manual climate control, which forces you to keep adjusting the temperature and airflow as the car cools down. Not so with automatic climate control: Set the desired temperature and forget about it.
Cooled Storage Compartments and Cupholders
It’s true: Modern car interiors cool down more than just the driver. Several recent Volkswagen models offer a cooled glovebox, which activates with the air conditioning. The full-size Lexus LX 570 SUV boasts a cooled center storage area. But our favorite among these features is the cooled cupholder. Offered on a few modern Chrysler and General Motors vehicles, cooled cupholders make sure a cool drink stays cool no matter how warm it is outside.
While a remote starter may seem like a gimmick at first glance, it’s actually one of the best car features for helping you stay cool on the hottest days. Drivers can turn on their cars from several feet away — or even inside the home — before walking up to it and opening the door. That lets air conditioning and ventilated seats run for several seconds before a driver enters a car, making the interior temperature far more tolerable when climbing inside.