2009 Infiniti FX50: Ventilated Front Seats
July 10, 2009
Almost any car can be equipped with heated seats these days. But ventilated front seats are still limited to luxury vehicles, and a small selection at that. Our Infiniti FX50 has them, though, and they're standard. I've been trying out the cooling function for the past few days. Turn the seat climate knob to one of three "blue" points and a fan underneath the seat blows air through the seat's perforated leather upholstery.
The "blow" description is actually my best guess; it's really hard to determine whether the fan is pulling or blowing air because the effect is quite faint. It does work -- after about 30 seconds of it on, your backside will start to feel cooler, especially if you're sweaty. But the seats aren't actually using air-conditioned air -- it's more like how you feel cooler when you stand in front of a regular fan.
Our Infiniti's seat ventilation is a nice feature, but the overall temperature change you get isn't nearly as much as what happens with seat heaters.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor