The 6 best cars to keep you cool this summer

The 6 best cars to keep you cool this summer

If you live somewhere with extremely high temperatures in the summer, you know that your car can be your oasis or your personal hell. There’s nothing like the pain of trying to get into the driver’s seat, only to jump up when you realize the upholstery is scalding hot. Many desert riders have to sit on a towel to avoid this moment. Then there’s the struggle to grab the handlebars when it’s blowing in the sun. No one can navigate so safely in a car. And if it takes too long for the air conditioning to kick in, all you have to do is stand outside the car and wait, which wastes battery life and your time.

It’s a pity that our cars can’t go inside and relax in the air-conditioned living room. But there are also some with special cooling functions that make all the difference in the summer. So while you check out online car sales, make sure to check out these cars that are great for hot summers. Designed with extreme temperatures in mind, these vehicles are ready to keep you cool even when the ground is about to melt. From powerful air conditioning systems to remote climate control, these are cars you won’t be afraid to get in the hot summer.

#1: The 2021 Acura RDX

This premium sport crossover keeps the driver and passengers happy in warm weather, thanks to several key features. First, it has dual climate control. This allows the driver and front passenger to choose their own individual temperature settings and adjust the direction of the airflow.

However, this is where the 2021 Acura RDX really stands out. When you jump for the Technology Pack, the vehicle’s GPS receiver communicates with satellites, determines the position of the sun relative to your vehicle, and adjusts the climate control to make sure the sunniest part of the car is extra cool. That’s a feature that friends will be jealous of.

The car’s cooling functions don’t stop there, though. It also has a humidity monitor, which detects high humidity in the cabin and adjusts the temperature and fan speeds as needed to prevent the windows from fogging up. In addition, it has ventilated front seats for a nice breeze on the backs of the driver and front passenger. This car does everything except give you a big, ice cold glass of lemonade. It is also worth noting that these advanced features are available at a reasonable price.

#2: 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an excellent vehicle for those who want to protect not only themselves, but also the interior of their vehicle from the unforgiving sun. The car has the Mercedes User experience system. You can give it all kinds of voice commands, including say, “I’m too hot,” and the car will automatically turn on the A/C to cool you down. You can also ask it to find the nearest iced tea or smoothie shop for you if you want a cool treat.

What makes this a great car for the hot summer is the optional sun protection package. This not only keeps the interior of your car cool, but also ensures privacy. This package has special blinds and shades that prevent others from seeing inside the car, but passengers and the driver can still see out. It has an electric roller blind for the rear window, a manual roller blind in the left and right rear windows and swivel/retractable sunblinds for the driver and front passenger.
This car also has optional ventilated front seats, which can really help reduce sweating on hot days when the sun hits the driver and front passenger through the windshield.

A dark green 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line is parked near a cabin in the woods.

#3: 2021 Kia Sorento

If you are going for a large SUV that can carry many passengers, it is important that all those passengers are comfortable. A few passengers getting too hot is one thing, but seven or eight passengers is another level of misery, and a cramped car heats up quickly. Fortunately, the affordable 2019 Kia Sorento has dual climate control, so you can set the interior to a comfortable temperature before you go inside. This means you don’t have to wait while the car cools down. As soon as you get in, it’s already at the ideal temperature, so you can hit the road.

#4: 2020 Lexus RX

This luxury vehicle is literally as cool on the inside as it is stylistically cool on the outside. It features two-zone climate control, allowing the driver and front passenger to select their own respective desired temperatures and avoid arguing about agreeing on one set temperature. They can also each select their fan speed, of which there are many levels. In addition, this car has air-conditioned seats, the buttons of which are easy to find just above the gear lever. When activated, this feature directs cooling air right through the seats, in addition to the air blown by the AC at the front of the passengers.

#5: 2015 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius models built between 2010 and 2015 came with a special solar-powered ventilation system, which is great for keeping your parked car cool in hot weather so you don’t have to go back to a sauna. If you can’t find a parking space in the shade, this is a great feature to use. It works by blowing outside air into the car while it is parked. You simply press the solar ventilation button on the instrument panel while you are still driving the car. Then, about ten minutes after the car is turned off, the system begins to circulate air. It will stay on until you return to your car and press the solar panel button again.

One of the smartest things about this feature is that it detects the temperature outside and doesn’t activate when it cools down. This helps save energy – something Prius owners often appreciate.

#6: 2020 Honda Odyssey

It’s not easy to keep an entire minibus, with three rows of seats, cool, but Honda has found a way to do it with their odyssey. This car has three-zone climate control, which means that the driver, front passenger and rear seat passengers can all regulate their own climate. When you put the climate in automatic mode, it will work constantly to maintain the desired temperature in the car. Selecting the sync button will set the temperature in all three zones to the same setting. If you don’t want the rear seat passengers to adjust their temperature, you can press the lock button in the climate control so they can’t do this. Just press it again to unlock their controls.

You can also choose to use only the fan and not the AC if you want to save energy. In addition, there are different strength settings for the vents. And there’s a handy recirculation button that prevents warm air from circulating from the outside in.

Honorable Mentions

A blue 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Limited rides along a river with kayaks on the roof.

A blue 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Limited rides along a river with kayaks on the roof.

2022 Nissan LEAF and 2022 Subaru Crosstrek

We have some honorable mentions that may not have as much cooling tech as the other models on this list, but they’re still excellent options to consider. Each of these vehicles has automatic climate control that works much like the thermostat in your home. You set it to the desired temperature and the system detects temperature changes in the cabin and adjusts to ensure it maintains your selected temperature.