So you’re ready to buy a new (or new-to-you) vehicle. You’ve determined how much power and capability you want, and even what color you want on the outside. But now comes time for interior choices. There are a ton of different interior selections from power windows to touch screen media systems. But what about the part of your vehicle that’s pretty much always connected to you? The seats! The choice between cloth or leather seats can be a tough one for many. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you out.
To get started, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most basic pros and cons of cloth and leather seating.
- Less expensive
- Less temperature sensitive
- Less slippery
- Hardly any maintenance required
- Harder to clean, absorbs spills
- Stain easier
- Usually doesn’t hold up as long
- Easier to clean
- Holds up better longterm
- Can have seat warmers or coolers
- Leather smell (con for some)
- More expensive
- Potentially harder to maintain
- Less eco-friendly
- More slippery
- More expensive to repair
- Leather smell (pro for some)
Let’s get down to it. For most new cars, the base model will usually only be offered with cloth seating. Some have the ability to upgrade to leather from the base model, and some require that you go with a pricer trim. If money is one of your main concerns, then cloth seating is most likely for you.
The problem with cloth for many is that it can be harder to clean and keep looking fresh. If you accidentally spill your coffee on your morning commute, you may gain a permanent stain on your interior. Cloth has to be thoroughly washed or scrubbed, and even after that the mixed scent of coffee and cleaner might stay in your vehicle for a long time.
Leather is commonly much easier to clean, especially in terms of liquids. Leather seats are usually thick enough to not absorb any spilled liquids and can therefore just be quickly wiped clean with a towel. However, leather can also be a life long maintenance investment. If you want your leather seats to look great for life, then you’ll have to treat and condition them frequently.
Another possible downside to leather is that it’s more temperature sensitive. Unless you get some of the better new perforated leather seats with heating and cooling, your leather seats can get super hot in the summer and super cold in the winter. Most people know the horrible feeling of having your legs stick to hot leather seats. Cloth seating does not have that downfall. Another aspect is the smell of leather. Many people love the scent that comes with fresh leather, but some simply can’t stand it!
A problem with the whole cloth vs. leather argument is that sometimes leather is completely unavoidable if you want other features in your vehicle. For example if you want to have a touchscreen with 3-D navigation in your new vehicle, it’s very likely that you’ll need to choose a pricier trim than the base model to get it, and with it you lose the option of cloth seating. Although this is definitely not universal, it is the case with many modern vehicles.
Unfortunately we have to be a little “wishy washy” on this topic. Everyone has different reasons for liking cloth or leather in their cars, but hopefully if you’re on the fence we’ve helped make it a little bit more clear for you. If you can afford the leather seats, we say go for it! Or cloth seat covers on leather seats could be the best of both worlds if you still can’t make up your mind. If it’s all too much for you, forget everything we’ve said and just go with full-on sheepskin seats, because you’re just that awesome.
2017 Chevrolet and Cadillac Cars for Sale in Forest Lake, MN
It’s hard to fully comprehend all of the subtle differences between cloth and leather seats without actually seeing them in person. So come and see some! We have a wide variety of vehicles with both cloth and leather seating. There are many different variations of cloth and leather seating, and vinyl or leatherette is another option in other vehicles. So come and see what’s right for you. We’re located in Forest Lake, MN, just minutes away from North Branch, Roseville, and White Bear Lake. We are the home of the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty too!
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