The Chill Zone: It Gets Hot in There, Too


If your kid’s science project calls for syrupy goo, consider leaving a can of soda in Dodge’s Chill Zone for a week in July. We had an Avenger sedan equipped with the feature a few weeks back and left a can of Coke inside for a few 90+ degree days. When it came time to return the car, the Zone was completely out of commission – the soda had apparently ruptured, and the cover was fused shut with sticky residue.

We know you aren’t supposed to leave soda in a hot car. But doesn’t the Chill Zone promote such oversight? It shouldn’t, said Dodge spokeswoman Kristin Starnes.

“People keep calling it a refrigerator and it’s not,” Starnes said. “It’s for keeping chilled beverages chilled. If you’re taking a road trip, you can put those cold cans in and drive your 15 or 20 hours and keep them chilled. That’s why it’s called the Chill Zone and not a refrigerator.”

All the same, we suspect that in the heat of the summer picnic season, more than a few Dodge owners will forget a soda or two in the Chill Zone. Fortunately, ours left no permanent damage. The cover was reportedly opened later on and the rubber liner was removed and cleaned.

Dodge owners, do you have any Chill Zone stories of your own? Leave a comment below.

By Kelsey Mays | August 20, 2007 | Comments (5)


I guess no one wants a car with a feature called, "The Chill Zone."


It is a good idea, but of course, customer already know to to make a mess because they are too busy to read the car manual.



That or the fact they're simply too stupid to use common sense.

No offense to the kicking tires person, though! :D


I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber. It came with the fold down rear speakers and removable flashlight in the rear of the car; however I am not entirely impressed with the "Chill Zone." You have to keep your AC running in order to keep things "chilled", and with the price of gas climbing to $4 a gallon, who wants to run the AC all the time? What about if you want to keep a chilled bottle of water in the zone while driving in the winter? I usually have my heat on, not my AC. Another issue is condensation. The “Chill Zone” is located at the top of the main glove box and what do most people put in the glove box? Paperwork of some kind, which will end up wet from your “chilled” beverage.


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