You don’t need to be a “Game of Thrones” fan to know that winter is coming. Whether you live in the sunny south or the snowy north, the mercury in thermometers across the U.S. will soon be dropping. For some of us, this means sweet relief from summer’s grueling temperatures; while for others, it means the pending doom of ice-covered windshields and the brutality of having to wait for your car or truck’s heater to begin pumping warm air onto your frigid body.
Fortunately, you can pacify the latter issue by purchasing a vehicle with heated seats. Quick to engage, heated seats bring sweltering heat to your bottom almost instantly. While heated front seats are a relatively common option, many automakers hang rear passengers out to dry.
Thankfully, some manufacturers are beginning to think of the unfortunate friends, children and acquaintances who get stuck riding in the frigid confines of the rear seat. Below are four mid-size family sedans that are available with heated front and rear seats for less than $35,000.
2016 Subaru Legacy
The value leader among mid-size sedans with heated rear seats, the 2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited comes standard with this feature for the low price of $26,845 (MSRP). Along with bun warmers front and rear, the 2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited also comes with leather seats, a 576-watt premium stereo system, and important safety features like blind spot detection and a rear cross traffic alert system.
2016 Volkswagen Passat
The Volkswagen Passat enters 2016 with an aggressive new look that brings along a host of new features. Updates to the interior include new gauges, an all-new touchscreen infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and available heated rear seats. To enter heated rear seat territory in the Passat, buyers must opt for the $28,410 (MSRP) 1.8T SE with Technology. Thanks to the Passat’s more than 40 inches of rear legroom, rear seat passengers can almost immediately lounge out in the mid-size German sedan’s generous rear accommodations even in the dead of winter.
2016 Honda Accord
Like the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, the 2016 Honda Accord enters the new year with a bold new look and an improved infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available in five mainline trims (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring), only the top-of-the-line 2016 Honda Accord Touring is available with heated rear seats. While opting for the Accord Touring requires consumers to plunk down $34,580 (MSRP), buyers will be treated to such luxuries as LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, Honda’s full suite of Honda Sensing safety features and, of course, heated front and rear seats. Although it’s certainly not the least expensive way to purchase a mid-size sedan with heated rear seats, we can’t help but think the 2016 Honda Accord Touring is a terrific value given all of the features it comes with.
2016 Hyundai Sonata
Order a 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited, and your rear passengers will be treated to the toasty treat of heated rear seats. That’s right, whether you opt for the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine or fuel-efficient Sonata Hybrid, choosing the Limited trim will book you this cold-weather luxury feature. If you’re looking to pinch pennies, though, we’d suggest going with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder powered 2016 Sonata Limited, which has an MSRP of $27,350 and also includes such luxuries as a power sunroof, power driver and passenger seat, and leather seats.
Images: Volkswagen, Honda, Subaru; 2015 Hyundai Sonata Image by Ryan Douthit