Do built-in car refrigerators work like regular compressor refrigerators or do they just blow A/C air on it? 2022

Figuring out what I’d like on my next vehicle and one thing was a built-in fridge. But I was wondering if they were just actual compressor based or if they just blow cold air from the A/C on it. I think high end cars like Rolls and Maybach have compressor based ones, and I think the Odyssey has an A/C based one, but I was wondering more about the Sienna or other family vehicle. And can they get cold enough to freeze e.g. so I can bring along ice cream? BTW, I know they dropped the feature due to supplier issues but I hear they plan on reintroducing them. There’s very little info on them, even when I try to look up the owners manual online.

If they blow A/C I’ll probably just get one of the portable compressor fridges. I’d prefer the built in one b/c it looks like they’re in the center console area so it’s more easily accessible for the driver.


The smell of the leather seats, the sound of the throttle, and even light from outside—all affect your state of mind. That’s what makes a good car great.

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