2010 Chevy Traverse: Yay Butt Coolers
October 19, 2010
Caroline and Donna are our resident heated seat experts around here, gladly toasting themselves to bring you reviews on the latest in heated seat advancements. Caroline seemed to be impressed by the Traverse's seat heaters.
I, however, would gladly trade bun warmers for butt coolers.
I first remember hearing about cooled seats in a Saab, with Mercedes and Lexus picking up the pace thereafter. Nowadays, though, it's GM, Kia and Ford that seem to be running with the feature in non-luxury models like our long-term Traverse.
Technically speaking, the Traverse has cooled seats as it blows refrigerated air through the perforated leather seats. They do the job, but can make you feel like you've sat in some water. Ventilated seats, like those used by Mercedes-Benz, circulates air to more subtly keep you cool. I prefer the latter, but either is just fantastic.
I'm Canadian, I like being cold. But really, who likes swamp ass?
James Riswick, Automotive Editor