Several auto manufacturers now include heated and cooled drink holders in their vehicles.
The first automobile to feature heated and cooled drink holders was the Chrysler 300C back in 2007.
It’s an efficient system. You’ll feel the heat or cold emanating from the drink holders the moment you start this feature.
Today, automotive heated and cooled drink holders are still a relatively new concept that’s mostly been adopted by luxury vehicle brands.
Heated and cooled drink holders use an insulated liner along with one or more thermoelectric devices to keep your Flat White hot and your Dr Pepper cold.
It’s a little attention to detail that’s worth further investigation.
More Cars with Heated and Cooled Drink Holders
Audi SQ5 Sportback
Looking for an Audi that offers heated and cooled drink holders?
You’ll find it in the SQ5 Sportback, not the regular SQ5. I thought you could, but I was wrong.
Specifically, you’ll find heated and cooled drink holders in the 2021 and up model years. You’ll want to look for the Premium Plus Quattro models in the Prestige Package.
The BMW X5 is a mid-luxury crossover that offers a variety of high-tech features that cater to your comfort. Among them are heated and cooled drink holders which you’ll find in the Executive Package.
Not only does the Cadillac Escalade Platinum offer heated seats and steering wheel. It will also keep your favorite hot and cold beverages hot or cold in its heated and cooled drink holders.
You’ll find this awesome party trick available in 2021 and up model years in the Sport Platinum trim.
Mercedes-Benz S Class
Hybrid models of the 2016, 2017 and 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will keep your Black Tea warm, or your Purple Drink chilled in its integrated heated and cooled drink holders.
But this feature only comes in the Executive Rear Seat Package PLUS trim.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S has a lot of impressive features. Among them are heated and cooled drink holders – particularly in the 2015 and current models.
You’ll find these drink holders in the Long Range and Long Range Plus trim levels.
Cars with At Least 16 Drink Holders
If you make your car buying decision based on the availability of a sturdy place to perch your venti Macchiato, Big Gulp or bottle of Perrier.
Then you’ll want to pay special attention to this list of vehicles which offer at least 16 places to place your drinks:
Seats in the Honda Pilot’s third row are tight.
But you know what’s not cramped?
A place to put your drinks. Each third-row passenger has a choice of two drink holders to rest sippie cups or bottles of water.
The Volkswagen Atlas also caters to the thirst needs of its third-row occupants by providing even more drink holders than the Honda Pilot.
Front and middle row passengers get a total of six drink holders each compared to the Pilot’s four for the front and middle row passengers.
The Ascent certainly subscribes to the philosophy that there is luxury in choice.
It boasts an outstanding 19 cupholders, which Subaru was sure to make big fuss about upon the Crossover’s debut.
Not only can every passenger choose between two cupholders to set their drink. But the Crossover offers an extra cup holder just because.
Cars in Japan with Drink Holders
Drink holders are a mostly American phenomenon. As such you’ll be hard pressed to find any passenger vehicle in Japan that offers drink holders.
Considering the fact that Chrysler was the first automotive company to feature heated and cooled drink holders. It should come as no surprise that this was also the first company to feature drink holders of any kind.
The 1983 Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager were the first two mass-produced vehicles with built-in drink holders.
Then as drink holders became more of a necessity instead of a luxury. More companies began adopting it as a standard feature throughout the 1980s and 90s – at least in the United States.
German Cars Didn’t Always Have Drink Holders
Like cars in Japan, you’re likely not going to find drink holders in German or in any other cars in all of Europe.
Drink holders – as the research suggests – are the direct result of the explosion of fast-food joints in the U.S. As Americans we spend an average of 39.4 minutes a day commuting to and from work according to the U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation).
That kind of commitment to driving requires fuel in the form of short stops to a Burger King or a 7 Eleven convenience store. And once you get into your car with drink in hand, you need a place to set it as you finish your commute.
Let’s now take a look at a handful of auto makers that offer heated drink holders in vehicles sold in the United States.
We’ll start with BMW.
BMWs with Heated Drink Holders
If you thought heated and cooled drink holders are cool, it looks like BMW just made the next big advancement in automotive drink holders with its gyroscopic cup holders.
Yup, designed so you’ll never spill again it’s regrettably only found in BMW’s concept car at the moment, the Vision M Next.
It uses gyroscopes to keep hot and cold beverages contained.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise since BMW was the first company to offer heated drink holders, which can be found in exclusive trim levels of the BMW X3, X5 and X7 SUVs (Chrysler was the first to offer heated and cooled drink holders).
While we’ve been talking about heated and cooled drink holders. It must be noted that some modern auto manufacturers struggle to offer cup holders of any kind.
Perhaps most notoriously, Lamborghini.
Lamborghinis with Drink Holders
In life it’s the little things that matter. For all that Lamborghinis excel at, creature comforts haven’t ever been at the top of the list.
That’s to be expected.
After all, Lamborghinis aren’t built for a trip to the grocery store. Instead, they’re developed to deliver blistering speeds that’ll leave a smile on your face for days.
But ever since its purchase by the Volkswagen Group, things have been turning around for Lamborghini.
Now among the creature comforts you can expect are climate control systems that actually work. And even audio units that exist for more than decoration.
I know that Lamborghini offers cup holders as a factory upgrade for sports cars like the Huracan. But if you want factory integrated drink holders, you’ll want to look to the Urus.
McLarens with Drink Holders
I love McLarens almost as much as I love Lamborghinis.
No McLaren has captured my attention as much as the 570GT.
The British automaker McLaren designed the 570GT for daily driving and longer trips – hence the GT moniker.
The seating is sporty, yet comfortable with plenty of head and shoulder room. It offers more storage space than most McLarens with item accessibility via a sloping glass hatchback.
For your comfort, the Monocell cabin is well insulated offering a premium audio system and a state of the art seven-inch infotainment system.
Adding to your comfort is the fact that the McLaren 570GT comes with drink holders. In fact, a number of McLarens now come with drink holders, including the 650S and 720S.
Porsches with Drink Holders
Porsche has been especially good at cleverly integrating drink holders into the design of many of its sports cars.
Obviously, the bigger Cayenne and Macan come with cup holders. But I think the drink holders in cars like the 911 are more interesting.
The first 911 to feature drink holders was the 99 generation from 2004 to 2009 – you can find the drink holders brilliantly hidden away in the dashboard among the air vents marked by a solitary cup logo.
Teslas with Drink Holders
Based on the Model 3 sedan, the Tesla Model Y offers more room in the form of third-row seating.
Tesla is shrewd enough to understand that all seven passengers are going to need a place to set their drinks.
Which is why the Tesla Model Y offers two drink holders in the center console; more drink holders integrated into the rear console; and two cup holders located between the third-row seats.