Climate Control Seats - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Climate Control Seats

May 26, 2011

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As I mentioned in an earlier post I tried out the cool setting on the driver seat in the Kia Optima. I'm not a fan of cooled seats. They give a weird sensation.

I used to have a sweater that had crocheted sleeves in a wide stitch. You could feel that you were wearing something but the wide apart stitching allowed air to hit my arms. It gave the weird feeling of being wet. Sounds gross, right? It was a cute sweater. It looked similar to this:

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I get the same feeling with the cool ventilated seats. Instead of feeling cool and comfortable, they feel almost wet. In the Kia Optima, the climate control seats are subtle even on the higher of the two settings, which makes them a little easier to take. Although, subtle doesn't work as well for the seat heaters.

Here are some quotes from the Kia Optima owner's manual:

The climate control seat is provided to cool or warm the seat during hot or cold weather by blowing air through small vent holes on the surface of the seat and seat-back. While the engine is running, push the rear portion of the switch to cool the seat, and push the front portion of the switch to warm the seat.

The climate control seat is a supplementary cooling/heating system. Use the climate control seat when the climate control system is on. Using the climate control seat for prolonged periods of time with the climate control system off could cause the climate control seat performance to impair.

Do not place materials such as plastic bags or newspapers under the seats. The air vent may not work properly as the air intake can be blocked.

Do you have cooled seats in your car?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


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