Heated Steering Wheel - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Heated Steering Wheel

March 3, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Ever take a pair of jeans out of the wash and discover a five-dollar bill in the pocket you forgot about? That's how I felt when I discovered the button in our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe you see above.

You see, that's the button for its heated steering wheel. And during a cold snap (hey, it happens, even in CA), there's nothing quite like the comfort of a heated steering wheel. It's one of those features I never thought I'd care about until I experienced it a while back in another long-termer.

I'd even argue that a heated steering wheel is a safety feature in cold weather. Gloves are almost universally slippery and reduce tactility, while bare hands on a cold wheel means you use as few fingertips as possible. See what I mean?

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 15,211 miles


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    It was -8°F here this morning. Gloves were fine.

  • joner800 joner800 Posts:

    wow, the santa fe has a locking rear diff? THATS sweet.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    You don't want your hands to be cold on a 40°F morning, I get it. That's fine. Making up safety advantages based completely on anecdotal evidence though, not okay. Let's be reasonable here.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I guess that Donna is writing every post about seat heaters or steering wheel heaters--I was wrong this time! I take my gloves off as soon as the car warms up--I prefer bare hands to gloved hands driving too.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    There are days when I drive with gloves just for the heck of it. I have no problems driving or controlling my truck regardless of glove status.

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