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With summer quickly approaching, ventilated seats have become a popular option for many car shoppers. This cooling function is primarily optional on many luxury cars, but you can still find it on cheaper models. Tesla used to offer ventilated seats on some of its models but discontinued them to make way for new options.

However, News ABC reports that ventilated seats have finally made a return on two Tesla models. Which ones have cooled seats, and how much do they cost?

The Tesla Model X has ventilated seats

View into the interior with steering wheel and display of a Tesla Model X in the new Tesla Service Center
The interior of the Tesla Model X | Christian Charisius/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Tesla Model X boasts a completely refreshed interior for 2021, complete with a new dashboard design and 17-inch touchscreen. In addition to ventilated front seats, every rider can enjoy tri-zone climate control and HEPA air filtration. Not only does it keep the interior smelling clean, but it keeps out harmful particles that can make you sick.

There’s also an additional infotainment screen for the backseat passengers, with reportedly as much processing power as current-gen gaming consoles. Every Model X is also equipped with a 22-speaker audio system that features active noise cancellation. There’s plenty of charging power onboard, with enough wattage to quickly charge laptops and phones.

The Tesla Model X is available as either a Long Range or Plaid model. The Long Range can drive up to 360 miles on a single charge and reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The Plaid model is a full 1.3 seconds faster and only loses 20 miles of range.

In addition to blisteringly fast acceleration, the huge windshield also gives drivers excellent visibility. Each Tesla Model X has three seating layouts, accommodating up to seven passengers. You can also add on full self-driving capability, which will later include self-steering, for an additional $10,000.

Cooled seats for the Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S has all the same interior features as the Model X, including those air-conditioned seats. The climate control system also features Cabin Overheat Protection, designed to always keep the interior at a safe temperature. That’s especially useful considering the panoramic glass roof on this car. While it’s a cool feature, it can undoubtedly allow a lot of the sun’s rays to permeate the interior.

There’s even a “Dog Mode” that keeps the cabin cool if you have to leave pooches inside. Although you won’t need them in the summer, the Model S has standard heating functions for every seat. Many luxury automakers charge you extra to have heating for the backseat riders, so it’s a nice perk.

One major difference between the Tesla Model S and X is available seating. The Model S only has room for five riders, but this allows it to have a higher storage capacity. It has nearly 26 cubic feet with all the seats upright, with a maximum of 58 cubic feet. The frunk adds yet another 5 cubic feet.

The Model S Long Range is both faster and more efficient than its Model X sibling. It gets 405 miles of range with a reported 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds. The pricier Plaid model gets 390 miles of range and doesn’t even need two seconds to reach 60 mph.

Which model is right for you?


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If price is a deciding factor, the Tesla Model S Long Range is your best bet. It starts at $74,490, while the Plaid model costs $50,000 more. The Model X Long Range retails for $84,690 and the Plaid version starts at $114,690.

While the Model S might seem like a better value, the Tesla Model X offers more space for passengers. No matter which version you get, at least you can stay cool with ventilated seats.