Subaru touts its customers taking long road trips this summer with the top-selling Forester and Crosstrek SUVs, but they aren't offered with cooled seats when the cabin gets scorching hot. Which Subaru models are the most comfortable in the summer and come with cooled or ventilated seats?
The feature is not just for high-end luxury cars any longer. Kia even offers cooled seats on its inexpensive $23,090 Forte EX sedan. Subaru only offers three models with cooled seats as a standard feature; the 2022 Subaru Outback, 2022 Ascent, and 2022 Legacy. Subaru doesn't offer them as an option on any other models.
You can check out cars.com's complete list of vehicles with cooled seats here.
Subaru models and trim levels with ventilated seats
The 2022 Subaru Outback Touring and Touring XT are the only Outback trim offering ventilated front seats. The Outback Touring price is $38,620; the Touring XT price is $41,070. Prices include destination and delivery fees.
The 2022 Subaru Onyx Edition does not come with ventilated seats
The 2022 Subaru Ascent Touring is the only Ascent trim offering ventilated front seats. It’s surprising Subaru doesn’t offer the feature on the new Ascent Onyx Edition. The price of the Ascent Touring is $46,570, including destination and delivery fees.
The 2022 Subaru Legacy Touring XT is the only Legacy trim offering ventilated front seats. The price of the Legacy Touring XT is $37,155, including destination and delivery fees.
Subaru of America has not announced the 2022 Subaru Forester and 2022 Subaru Crosstrek yet, but we would be surprised if either model comes with ventilated front seats. No Subaru model in its lineup offers cooled rear seats.
Subaru has sold more cars in cold weather climates like the Northeast, the Rocky Mountain states, and the Pacific Northwest. Subaru is gaining ground quickly in Florida, Texas, and other southern states. Subaru's largest volume dealer is in California.
It would be a smart move by Subaru to include its top-selling Forester and third best-selling Crosstrek in its list of all-wheel-drive vehicles with ventilated seats.
For now, the 2022 Subaru Outback, 2022 Ascent, and 2022 Legacy are the only Subaru models with cooled seats. All three models are manufactured in the U.S. at its Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Indiana.
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