I am perpetually cold. I mean, I'm the marathon runner who, once the temperature dips below 60 degrees, wears pants, long sleeve shirts and, yes, gloves stuffed with handwarmers. And, yes, my running group does make fun of me. Loudly. Whatevs.
However, this is the backstory that helps you understand just how fully I appreciate heated things in cars. I have been a loud proponent for years of heated seats such that I will never buy a car that doen't have them. But my new favorite feature: the heated steering wheel.
While heated seats have become a standard, the heated wheel is still relatively rare and luxurious and usually found in the likes of Lexus, Mercedes and Jaguar. So, when I see it on cars that cost less than $40K, I'm thrilled.
Enter the Buick Verano, which I thoroughly loved.
This is a great car with a base price of about $23,470. And this is with standard features such as OnStar, Bluetooth, remote start, SiriusXM Radio and (very important in my line of work) trunk emergency release handle. I had the test vehicle with the Leather Group, which added standard features such as leather seats, navigation, Bose premium audio system, keyless entry with push-button start and (the best part) heated seats and steering wheel. Standard.
As tested price? $27,645. And, that is the true rave.