2015 Lexus RC F: Ventilated Front Seats
March 2, 2015
I swear I'm not trying to gloat, but it was 85 degrees and sunny in southern California just a few days ago. While the east coast was being attacked by snownadoes, I was breaking in to a sweat just by going outside. That meant I had the air conditioning in our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F set to "LO" and the ventilated seats set to their highest output setting.
I suggested the use of the cooling function on the seat to a friend of mine when she got in the Lexus. After a few minutes, she commented that she could feel them working from both the back- and butt-positions. I had my seats set to the highest ventilation position, too, but I couldn't feel a thing. Apparently, this difference came down to a choice in wardrobe.
My passenger was wearing a thin summer dress while I was wearing slacks and a dress shirt. This small variation in fabric thickness was a big enough difference to render the ventilated seats utterly useless for me.
The ventilated seats come as a part of the Premium package ($4,400), which also includes lots of safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors and LED headlights. The rest of those features work pretty well, so I probably wouldn't exclude the entire package, but if things were al a carte I'd definitely skip these ventilated seats. If they can't get through to actually cool me down, they become a gimmick rather than a useful feature.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 5,823 miles