Also in Minnesota and the heated steering wheel is a huge difference maker. My 2020 Traverse has a heated steering wheel too and it does have the auto start based on ambient temperature. Nice luxury to have.This is my first car with a heated steering wheel and I have been spoiled. I used to wear chomper mittens when driving my ice box TDI to work, which was fun when shifting.
I do wish the heated wheel would come on along with the auto-heated seats when auto-starting the car, or just regular cold starts when it detects a cold ambient temp