Are you dying in your car and needing the best car A/C? If you live in Chico, you’ve probably noticed that it’s hot as the Dickens outside right now and will likely be even hotter throughout the summer. So chances are, you already know how well your car’s A/C works. But how do A/Cs in other vehicles compare, what are some of the best vehicle A/C systems on the market, and how can you handle your A/C repair and maintenance?

Today we’ll delve a little deeper into some of the vehicles with the best ACs on the market and what you can do to improve your air conditioner even if you can’t afford a whole new car for such a problem.


The specifics of car A/C systems usually get glossed over in car reviews because, for the most part, if it can achieve a moderate coldness, then it probably works well enough for most people (unless it’s already broken and you need A/C repair, of course). So we had to pull a bit of anecdotal evidence from around the internet to get opinions of “peak A/C.” See for yourself what other people have to say.


A dominant theme that should be no surprise here is that American cars often have some of the most muscular cooling systems. It makes sense, considering how easy it is to find yourself in wildly different climates all over the country; every car needs to work “well enough” in every environment, or it might not sell. Not to mention, Americans tend to use their vehicles for many different things, so again they need the broad capability, including powerful working A/C.

Racer_X on says American cars “… do seem to get the AC systems right with their cars/trucks. For example, GMC Yukon and Denali (and Lincolns) have super icy cold AC systems…” This is excellent insight as SUVs often have different robust systems to cool their much larger cabin. GuruBD8TC adds: “I need a very cold a/c for health reasons, and I can tell you our 2005 Denali (GMC) is incredible.” We have a few SUVs on staff- Chevy in particular- that we know from experience can get very cold very quickly.


Nissan cooling systems are made by Calsonic Kansei, a manufacturer serving most of Asia with a long history of producing automotive and air conditioning parts. The quality of Japanese manufacturing is undeniable, and it seems they also have cabin size in their favor, as Japanese cars run much smaller than American. Thus there’s undoubtedly less space to cool on average (thus, it’s easier). That said, many people noted Toyota and Nissan for the power of their cooling systems. ItalianFlyer on Reddit gives a glowing recommendation for Toyotas: “I found that all Toyotas I’ve been in/owned/driven have had excellent air conditioning that never had a problem keeping me cool. Sometimes they were even too cold. Source: former Atlanta resident living in SoCal”. It sounds like they might know from experience living in warm climates.

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GM vehicles are often cited as having some of the best AC systems. It Happens that General Motors owned refrigerator manufacturer Frigidaire for 60 years and undoubtedly took that experience into their automotive A/C development. This inclination towards powerful ACs is likely for various reasons, not the least of which is their popularity with American families. Also, those things need to be able to cool crowds of 4-6 on long summer drives. So they need to be powerful. But it isn’t all perfect with GM, it seems. FondabaruCBR4_6RSAWD on Reddit says it’s good … “When it doesn’t smell like glue. All the GMs I’ve been in, especially in the springtime, with the AC on, have smelled like old cheese because of their glue.” Make that what you will, but even if it is smelly, at least it’ll be cool-smelly.


No surprise here, but the most often cited brands for great AC were luxury vehicles like Lincoln Town Cars, Lexus, and Mercedes, which are well-known for having ice-cold cooling systems. A surprise competitor here, though, is vans and family vehicles. You may not want to cruise in a Subaru, but Semperfidelis23, a mechanic on Reddit, says, “Subaru Imprezas generally have pretty ****ing cold AC.” But he also says that “My 07 GMC Sierra has THE best AC I’ve ever experienced. It gets too cold pretty damn quickly too.” I can’t escape the appeal of GMC A/C, I suppose.


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If you think it may be time for the best AC mechanic near me, there are a few things you can try first that might make your AC work better. First, there is a cabin filter; check if the airflow is low.

If you think it may be time for an AC mechanic, there are a few things you can try first that might make your AC work better. Check out our article on “How to Keep Your A/C Cool” by clicking here. Some of these tips may seem like common sense, but always take care of the basics before anything else because it can save you a lot of money. And if you need help with the more challenging job of cleaning your condenser or replacing your A/C compressor, give Tedious Repairs a call, and we’ll be glad to help.



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Buddy Rausch

Buddy Rausch

Buddy started his auto career journey at Butte College and started his own auto repair company in 2007. Since then he has worked on countless cars, diagnosing, repairing, and replacing worn, faulty, and broken parts.

After a few years, he moved to a bigger shop to accommodate his growth and to better serve the Chico, CA community. It’s a family-owned & operated business.

Outside of work Buddy enjoys spending time with his family and playing softball is one of his many passions.

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