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Best Car Features For Keeping Cool This Summer

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.

Ventilated Seats

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.

Remote Starting

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.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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