With summer upon us, temperatures are rising and there’s nothing better for the warm weather driver than a vehicle that can assist in beating the heat. The great thing is modern automobiles rolling off the factory floor offer different and unique ways to drop the mercury. How about having icy drinks on-hand at all times? The Range Rover Sport includes a handy cooler box located right in the center console. Or what about air conditioning coming out of the seat itself? The Dodge Charger’s ventilated front seating has that covered. For more on our top choices to beat the heat this summer, check out the list below!
There aren’t a lot of vehicles equally at home traversing an off-road trail, shuttling the kids to sports practice, or sitting in the office parking lot. The Range Rover Sport, however, is one of them. This luxury SUV is also chock-full of creature comforts helping make holiday road trips all that much more enjoyable, such as a premium audio system, stadium style seating for rear passengers, and a center armrest that opens up to reveal a cooled compartment for stashing some cans of pop or other cold treats.
What’s better for spacious, long-distance people carrying than a minivan? And Honda makes one of the best examples in the Odyssey. Several features make driving and riding in one a truly enjoyable experience, like a rearview camera that makes backing up and parking a breeze, and a split third-row Magic Seat configurable in various positions to improve ease of access or cargo carrying. And forget dual-zone climate control – EX trim and above receive tri-zone functionality, letting the driver, front passenger and rear occupants all choose independent air temperature and distribution settings.
Appease the inner auto enthusiast in you and spoil yourself with some good ol’ American muscle. Whether it’s the V6 in the entry SE and SXT trims, or the tire-burning V8s in the R/T and above, the Dodge Charger guarantees an exhilarating time behind the wheel. But one of the great things about the car is its flexibility. There are multiple Drive Modes capable of automatically altering throttle response, shift patterns, and traction to maximize fuel economy or performance. And when sweat begins to drip off your brow from either the raw acceleration of Sport mode, or the glare of the summer sun, switch on the sweet ventilated front seats.
Everything about the Jeep brand screams adventure, particularly the rugged Wrangler with its 4X4 drivetrain and industrial-strength towing capacity. Endlessly customizable top to bottom, all models can have the optional Jeep Freedom Top Hardtop outfitted. Essentially a three-piece roof, the innovative modular design incorporates large side and rear windows, meaning visibility is not compromised. So rather than relying solely on air con, take advantage of nature’s own cooling system by removing one or both of the two overhead cockpit panels, the large rear section, or the entire thing. The process is a cinch, and the manufacturer throws in a compact toolkit pouch providing everything needed.