When purchasing a car you often are given the decision to have cloth/fabric car seats or leather car seats. The decision can be a tough one because there are a lot of pros and cons to weigh for both materials. To help make your decision a little bit easier we’ve identified some of the common pros and cons of leather car seats. Once you’ve seen the pros and cons, you’ll have to decided which factors are most important to you.
Pro – Looks and Smells Great
One reason why many people love leather is the look and smell of it. Leather is an extremely attractive material with it nice sheen and inviting look. When new, it also has a very nice aroma which many associated with luxury. While you are most likely going to pay more upfront, you are also more likely to get more in return when you sell the car.
Pro – Comfort
Leather is a very comfortable material. The thick hide is also soft providing both cushioning and support. Those who drive a lot can really benefit from its comfort.
Pro – Easy to Clean
Cleaning leather is relatively easy, as long as it is cleaned quickly. For example, a spill won’t soak into the leather immediately. Leather does a fairly good job of preventing water from soaking in, making spills extremely easy to clean. However, if you let the spill linger, it can stain the leather which is much more difficult to remove.
One of the first negatives about leather car seats is the cost. The leather may come standard in some luxury vehicles but is generally an upgrade in a standard vehicle. It can be upwards of $2,500 to upgrade a new vehicle to leather. So you have to ask yourself if the cost is justified.
Con – Affected by Temperature
Another major negative for leather is its tendency to heat up in warm weather and becoming chilly and stiff in cold weather. Leather is much more reactive to the weather than cloth car seats. The leather can get so hot in the summer that it may be difficult to immediately sit down on it. Skin also tends to stick to leather when it’s hot, making for a somewhat uncomfortable feeling. One workaround to the climate issues is to have climate controlled seats. However, this will also be an upgrade and cost more money.
Con – Maintenance
While cleaning leather is simple, maintaining it can be a hassle. Over time all of the sweat, spills, crumbs, and dust will work its way into the pores of the leather. This wear can show if left unmaintained. If you refuse to maintain the leather, it can harden and crack, which cannot be easily repaired. So if you are going to spring for the upgraded seats, you better be ready to maintain them to keep their value.
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