5 SUVs With a Heated Steering Wheel Under $30,000
How to spec five popular SUVs and ensure you don't miss out on convenient, gloveless winter driving.
During winter, there's nothing like taking your car on a snow-flurried stroll or driving to your favorite seasonal destination. However, the trip can be less than thrilling if your day includes driving with frozen fingers. This is where SUVs with heated steering wheels can come in handy.
Once reserved only for luxury cars, heated steering wheels are now available across all vehicle types and price points. We've gathered a group of SUVs under $30,000 that will warm your palms when the temperatures drop. While you can get many SUVs with a heated steering wheel, these vehicles — listed in no particular order — have it built into the price of the listed trim to ensure you don't miss out on the convenience of gloveless driving.
Volkswagen Taos SE 1.5T with IQ.Drive & SE Convenience Package
This small SUV is the latest from Volkswagen and offers a lot for a competitive price. The 1.5L turbocharged engine produces 158 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. When you add the IQ.Drive & SE Convenience Package, you not only get a heated steering wheel but also a full suite of driver assistance features, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist and Emergency Assist. With a destination fee, this Taos is offered at just under $30,000.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T 2WD
With a starting MSRP just under $24,000, it's hard to find an SUV more economical than the Eclipse Cross. While there is an all-wheel drive (AWD) option, the SEL 2WD keeps the MSRP under $30,000. It provides a steering wheel that's heated and an eight-way adjustable passenger seat. Paddle shifters help you control the CVT transmission, and a multi-view camera system can help make perfect parking a breeze. Mitsubishi also has a 10-year/100,000 Limited Powertrain. MSRP, as-built with destination, is just under $30,000.
Ford Escape SE with Cold Weather Package
Ford's compact SUV is popular, and for good reason, it not only has a massive range of features and trim options, it can be specified with some of the niceties in lower trim levels too. The SE, though only a step above the base S, can be equipped with heated front seats and steering wheel as a standalone option. Sure, you can get a hybrid, or AWD and a turbocharged engine, but you can also keep it simple and comfortable. The Escape SE with the Cold Weather Package nets just under $30,000, including destination fees.
Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD Xtronic CVT
If AWD is on your agenda, the Rogue Sport packs a lot of punch for not a lot of dough. This five-passenger SUV comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus a 7-inch touch-screen display. The Xtronic transmission has a standard Eco mode switch to help you save on fuel costs. Meanwhile, your hands will thank you as they heat up on the steering wheel. The Rogue Sport, as configured, rolls in at just over $28,000 with destination fees.
Chevrolet Trailblazer LT FWD w/ Premium Seating Package
This small SUV has a starting MSRP and available AWD, but if it's a heated steering wheel you're after, the LT trim has a package that adds not only a warm leather-wrapped wheel but a rear center armrest and leatherette seating surfaces. The 1.3L ECOTEC engine, when paired with the front-wheel drive, can achieve an EPA-estimated 29 city/33 highway mpg. With the premium seating package, the Trailblazer can cost just under $27,000, including destination fees.
Whether you want a vehicle that can help with poor circulation, arthritis, or just a desire to grab your steering wheel without an icy flinch, these SUVs with a heated steering wheel can warm your hands without emptying your pockets.