10 New Cars with Heated Seats for Under $30,000

How to get that warm feeling on a cold morning without setting fire to your bank account.

Red 2023 Nissan Versa in front of corporate buildingNissan

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The most desirable tech in cars usually starts in expensive vehicles, then trickles down to the more affordable brands and models. That's the story of heated seats, which first came to market as a $75 ($685 adjusted for inflation) option on the 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood, one of the most expensive cars at the time. And unlike a lot of gee-whiz options, it took decades for seat heaters to become commonplace in lower-priced vehicles.

Today, there are 10 vehicles with heated seats, most of which are under $25,000 and a couple a smidge higher—hence our $30,000 price cap. Here’s a look at what it takes to get heated seats on some of today’s least-expensive models.

Nissan Versa SR: $21,000

The Nissan Versa is one of the most basic cars on the market today, which makes it a good example of the democratization of what was once a Cadillac luxury. But to get heated seats, you have to spring for the top-of-the line Versa SR model, which also includes adaptive cruise control and automatic climate control.

Blue 2019 Nissan Sentra in front of buildingNissan

Nissan Sentra SV: $23,000 (2022 Model)

The Versa's big sibling, the Sentra takes a similar but slightly different approach to getting heated seats. In this case, you have to buy the mid-range Sentra SV and select a $590 all-weather package, which also includes dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, and a heated steering wheel.

White 2022 Subaru Impreza outside of restaurantSubaru

Subaru Impreza Premium: $24,000

Subaru's entry-level sedan is the lowest-priced car with heated seats as standard equipment. You have to skip the base model and choose the next step up, called Premium. But from that point on in the Impreza lineup, heated seats are standard, which means Sport and Limited models also make the $30,000 cutoff.

Gray 2023 Hyundai Venue parked outside buildingHyundai

Hyundai Venue Limited: $24,000

In base form, the Hyundai Venue is a less-expensive car than the Subaru Impreza Premium. But you have to go all the way to the Venue Limited to get heated seats, which are then standard equipment.

Blue 2023 Kia Soul parked outside buildingKia

Kia Soul EX: $26,000

The Kia Soul is another inexpensive car in base form, but you can’t get heated seats until you pony up for the top-of-the-line Soul EX. They’re standard on that model.

2023 White Nissan Kicks parked outside buildingNissan

Nissan Kicks SR: $26,000

Nissan’s smallest crossover offers heated seats only on the top-of-the-line Kicks SR model. You also have to say yes to the about $1,400 SR Premium Package, which also adds an eight-speaker Bose audio system, imitation leather seat trim with orange accents and stitching, a heated steering wheel, a security system, a cargo cover, and Wi-Fi.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta parked on highway in front of mountainVolkswagen

Volkswagen Jetta SE: $25,000

With the recent departure of the Passat, the Jetta is the only sedan remaining in the VW lineup. You can’t get heated seats in the base S or Sport models. However, they are standard on the next rung up, the SE. If you want to spread warmth to your back-seat passengers, four heated seats are standard on the top-of-the-line SEL which just squeezes in under our $30,000 cutoff.

Red 2023 Hyundai Elantra parked underneath bridgeHyundai

Hyundai Elantra SEL: $23,000

The discontinuation of the Accent for 2023 leaves the Elantra as Hyundai's entry-level sedan. Heated seats can’t be had in the base SE model, but are available on the next-step-up SEL. That requires buying the $1,900 Convenience Package, which also loads the Elantra SEL up with a 10.25-inch navigation system, dynamic voice recognition, 17-inch machine-finish alloy wheels, automatic emergency braking, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, adaptive cruise control, an electronic parking brake, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a wireless charging pad, and heated outside mirrors.

White 2023 Kia Seltos parked in garage with downtown view of cityKia

Kia Seltos S AWD: $27,000

If you want front heated seats on the Kia Seltos crossover, you'll need to add all-wheel drive (AWD) to the S trim level. Clearly associating seat heaters with the need for winter-weather traction, Kia bundles the feature with the optional AWD system. Sun Belters can step up to the Seltos EX, which comes with standard tushy warmers regardless of drive wheels. Kia doesn't offer the option as a standalone feature, but bundles it as standard equipment with Seltos S models that have AWD and standard on EX models.

2023 Toyota Corolla XSE Wind Chill Pearl driving down street in sunsetToyota

Toyota Corolla XSE: $28,000

"Oh what a feeling" is an old (1980s) Toyota advertising slogan. But if you want the feeling to be hot from your seat, you have to climb next to the top rung of the Corolla ladder of nine trims. Once you get to the Hybrid XLE or the XSE, heated front seats are standard. Both slide in under our $30,000 bar.

All vehicle pricing is rounded to the nearest thousand and is based on vehicles currently available for private party purchase in the 90210 zip code as at time of publication.

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Mike Hagerty
Sorting through the hundreds of new car, truck and SUV choices on the market to find the right one for your needs gets tougher all the time. I’m here to help. I’ve been writing and talking about new vehicles for 25 years on TV and radio, in print and online. And my passion for cars and driving goes back even farther than that. I love design and performance, but the second-largest purchase most of us will ever make (for some of us, the largest) needs to be based on more than good looks and quick zero-to-60 times.