Top 10 Cheapest Cars With Heated Rear Seats

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

Having a car with heated rear seats is almost as altruistic as keeping your guest bathroom stocked with rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft.

Although drivers and front-seat passengers are often treated to heated buckets, the folks in the back literally left in the cold all too often.Heated front seats used to be a luxury item, but that really isn’t true anymore. But what about people in the back? Believe it or not, you don’t need to spend like a king to treat friends and family members to a heated tuchus.

Our list starts off with one of the most affordable BMWs on the market: the 320i. The rear-wheel drive sport-sedan uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes just 180 hp, but is still offered with many of the same features of the bigger engined Bimmers. That means you can opt to get the cold weather package that adds heated seats up front and in the rear, helping to make this entry level BMW a more hospitable place to sit during the winter.

The Santa Fe is one of the few crossovers on this list, coming in at just under $34,000 after destination. Opt to get a Santa Fe Sport with the tech package and it’ll come to you with pretty much every feature offered on the car. That’s because the Tech package comes with the premium and popular equipment packages too. With navigation, heated leather seating, a panoramic sunroof, parking sensors and rear window sun shades, the Santa Fe Sport is among the most outfitted models available in its segment.

The Dodge Charger has recently been updated with a modern look but there’s more to the large sedan than its hot design. The SXT trim with the “Plus Group” package includes a 3.6-liter V6, an eight-speed automatic transmission and warmers for the aftmost outboard seats. How’s that for value?

The Subaru Outback may look a little boring, but underneath that sleepy appearance is great value. For starters, it comes with a standard all-wheel drive system, no matter the trim level you opt to get. But if you decide to grab a Limited model (which comes with either a flat four-cylinder or flat six-cylinder engine) the Outback comes with heated seats all-around the cabin. That makes it a perfect family vehicle for those who live in regions that see snow regularly.

Another Korean car hits the list and this time it’s the stylish Kia Optima EX, which comes in at $28,515 when equipped with the premium package. That package adds a few nice wrinkles to its already substantial list of standard features. Not only does it comes with the heated rear seats, but it also gets a heated steering wheel, a ventilated drivers seat, seat memory, an upgraded sound system and more.

With standard all-wheel drive, the Subaru Legacy has always offered something that none of its rivals could, but that’s not all it has when it comes to value. Limited trim models of the Subaru Legacy, which can be equipped with either a 2.5-liter four cylinder boxer engine or a 3.6-liter flat-six, also come with a dual-zone automatic climate control, a harmon/kardon sound system, blind spot detection and a rear-view camera and, of course, warmers for the second row. It’s clear that at $27,000, the Subaru Legacy is way more than just the all-wheel drive option in the mid-size segment, its also a solid value too.

The Hyundai Sonata isn’t as popular as the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, but the Korean automaker is offering some impressive value in a bid to make you reconsider the next time you’re in the market. With a starting price of about $22,000 the Sonata is affordable to get into, but if you really want to get the best bang for your buck, you’l want to go for the Sonata Limited, which comes standard with heated leather seats all around, woodgrain interior accents, rear window sun-shades and dual automatic climate control. Not bad for under $27,000.

The Kia Soul is more than just a funky looking compact, it’s also extremely accommodating. The Soul + with the “primo” package offers heated seats all around in addition to a ventilate front seat and a massive panoramic sun roof. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 164 hp and when mated to the six-speed automatic transmission allows for a combined fuel economy rating of 26 MPG.

Like our last top ten about heated steering wheels, its very interesting to see Kia’s strategy with the pricing of their compact vehicles. Both the Kia Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback have the exact same price, even with options. No matter what body style you choose, you’ll want the EX model with the premium package since it comes with so many extra features. Heated front and rear seats? Check. Heated steering wheel? Check. Cooled drivers seat? You betcha. Leather seatings, power moon roof and push buttons start? Of course it comes with all that and for under $24,000.

Isn’t it nuts to think that the Elantra Sedan sits at the number one spot of a list that also includes the likes of a BMW 320i? Well that’s just the kind of strategy Hyundai has when it comes to selling its mainstream cars. The Elantra Limited offers more than just heated rear seats. It has heated front seats, a touch-screen audio system, automatic headlights, and LED accents on the front and rear lights. At a price of just $22,525 including destination, the Hyundai Elantra is among the most fully loaded and affordable compacts on the market.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • Traci L. Traci L. on Apr 25, 2015

    we have the 21015 hyundai Sonata limited with turbo, the kids love the heated rear seats!

  • A user A user on Oct 25, 2015

    seems that this article is all about promoting hyundai and kia