Finding a small car with heated seats and good fuel economy is an easy task. Most small cars for 2011 have heated seats as an option on up-level trims and commonly as part of a cold-weather package. On the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra — rated at 29/40 mpg city/highway — heated seats are standard on Limited trim levels starting at $19,980.

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The 2011 Ford Fiesta has heated seats available on SE models ($14,320) as part of the $195 Winter Package. The Fiesta’s most efficient configuration (29/40 mpg) is an automatic-transmission model with the Super Fuel Economy Package, which means you’d have to drop an extra $1,095 for the automatic and $695 for the SFE package.  Other Fiestas manage 29/38 mpg and 28/37 mpg for automatics and manuals, respectively.

Head over to the Chevrolet camp, and the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze has heated seats on LT models with 2LT package for $20,925. Unfortunately, heated seats aren’t available on the Eco models, which are rated at 28/42 mpg. Non-Eco Cruzes are rated at a maximum 26/36 mpg with a manual and 1.8-liter engine.  

For a full list of vehicles that includes the Volkswagen Golf TDI, Toyota Prius and Mini Cooper, plug in your requirements at the Cars.com Vehicle Recommender.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on April 7, 2011 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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