Okay... we haven't even BEGUN
to get the REAL
cold weather up here in New England, and I already feel spoiled by the ability to have the Heated Seats and Heated Steering Wheel automatically engage upon remote-start. I was rushing to get out the door around 5:00 am and only had a few minutes to remote-start the car before bolting out of the house. It was about 30-degrees out and expected that without a lot of time to preheat, I was going to be chilly for a few miles while the car warmed-up.
To my surprise, as soon as I sat down, put my things in their place, hit the start button (to override the remote-start) and grabbed the wheel... it was already toasty-warm... as was the seat. I know I am going to LOVE this feature as the winter kicks-in and gets even colder.
It's actually even SAFER to have the heated wheel because drivers tend to actually WANT to grasp the wheel firmly to warm their hands (thus having better control of the car)... as opposed to AVOIDING putting their hands on the wheel because it's too-cold... and using their knee instead until things warm-up (making it unsafe in the event of emergency).
I grew-up learning to drive in cars with MANUAL brakes and steering... no power brakes... no power steering. Heat was a JOKE on most of those cars. You just had to go outside, pull the choke, pump the gas a couple times and PRAY that the engine turns-over before the battery ran out of juice. Once it did, you would crank the defrost and go back inside for 20-minutes - checking every few minutes out the window to make sure it didn't stall - and once you finally DID get back out there... depending on your car... the heat wasn't that great. Your bench seat was still FREEZING... the steering-wheel was almost painful to hold it was so cold. Many times, you'd GET to your destination before the temperature got even remotely "comfortable" inside the car.
Nobody cared... it's just how it WAS... it was normal to go through that process in the dead of winter.
Having lived through that - to me, it is an absolute LUXURY to be able to stand within the warmth of my home, double-click a small button on my keychain and my car comes-to-life instantly without ANY effort... and begins to warm the interior with FAR more efficiency than the old days and it toasts my seat and steering wheel...! THAT is utterly amazing when I think back to how it was in the "old-days". Yes, I am spoiled rotten.