(Closed) Do you prefer leather or cloth seats in a car?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Cloth or Leather Seats?
    Cloth : (60 votes)
    59 %
    Leather : (41 votes)
    41 %
    Other, let me explain! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I prefer cloth, because it’s more temperature neutral and most car companies don’t make fake leather seats. If they made fake leather with butt warmers, I might have to go with it! Leather’s miserable in the summers, though, so I’d say cloth in Orlando. 

    Post # 4
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Cloth. My legs don’t stick to it in the summer! But I don’t have a major preference either way, I’m simply more used to cloth. 🙂

    Post # 5
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I have leather, and while they can be quite nice when the seat warmer is on, in the summer and in the winter before the seat warms up they’re just terrible.  If I have a choice in the future I’ll go with cloth. (I bought this car used, so I didn’t have much say over the options.)

    Post # 7
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Cloth. My butt gets stuck to the leather but my parents are all about leather though. I hate hate hate leather couches, which is all they have. Ugh.

    Post # 8
    402 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    When we were car hunting I was adamant about having cloth seats. Which made getting all the features we wanted a little more difficult to find, because apparently to have fog lights and cruise control you have to have leather? We found that it was weird that “luxury” packages would have the features we wanted but always included leather. We have dogs and I’m not a fan of scratched leather. Also, I’m just not a fan of sticking to the seats or the look of it.

    Post # 9
    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Hmm, we have both currently. I agree, the seat warmer is a necessity in a leather car, my FI’s leather honestly isn’t bad in the summer. My old Pilot with leather was hit or miss in the summer. In texas the seatbelt can burn you so I didn’t care about the leather being “warm.” lol

    I have an X-Terra now and leather wasn’t an option, but, I hate that the seats are almost permanently looking like they need help.  I have a 50 lb dog that thinks it’s a person riding in the seats all the time, but they always look horrible. I don’t even want to think about future kids…. 

    Post # 10
    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’ve had both. The cloth got dirty and can’t be cleaned – it wasn’t good and I don’t even eat in the car and i don’t have kids. The leather just requires a leather wipe and looks great forever. I never want cloth seats again even if they do get a bit warm in summer (though I’ve never really noticed this; in the winter I’m wearing pants so I don’t feel the seat anyway).

    Post # 12
    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Leather all the way! You will never be able to talk me into cloth seats again now that I have bought a car with leather … I have a 140 pound hairy dog, I can take him to the dog park, let him roll around in mud, he goes right onto the leather and it all wipes clean afterwards. Cleanup is amazingly easy, I have never noticed a scratch in the leather from dog claws. I have never stuck top the leather personally (but I am not a sweaty person, so maybe that is part of it), occasionally I find them cold in the winter, but they warm super fast with the heated seats. I haven’t been “burned” by them in the summer (I actually find my black leather seats just as hot as my moms black cloth seats in the summer).

    Post # 14
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

    I looooove leather seats. I hate cloth for the following reasons:

    –Pet fur, clothing fuzz, cookie crumbs, etc all get stuck on it. 

    –Some of the fabrics will pill up.

    –If it’s a light color, you’ll end up with dirt stains on it. I don’t care how clean you are – dark colored jeans will wear their dye in to the seats, etc. This happens on my tan leather too, but it’s easy to wipe off with a towel and some leather cleaner. Cloth seats – not so easy.

    –Most cars now with leather have heated seats (for winter), and I have heard that some companies (like Ford and Cadillac, not sure about others) have COOLED seats also for you southern girls. (Personally, I’m a cold woman and I really LOVE sitting down on my hot seat at the end of an airconditioned day in the summer.)

    –This is personal preference but I tend to see a lot of cars with patterned cloth. I’d get sick of the pattern. Some (like the Kia SOUL) even have the car’s name printed in the pattern. Seems a little tacky to me. This isn’t a commercial airliner, it’s your car.

    Mr. Mary Jane and I have leather heated seats in our cars, and I’m so glad. I have a Honda Civic EX-L (2008) and he has a Nissan Rogue SL AWD (2008). Both great cars so far.

    Previously I had a 2007 Honda Civic EX with cloth seats and they were awful. Cat hair, dust, fuzz, just nasty. I’d lint-roll them daily I swear. Honestly, they were THE reason I bought a new car the very next year – Honda released one with leather.

    My car before that (’92 Saab) had leather though, and my first car (an old VW bug) had vinyl, so I was already spoiled by a nice, slick, easy to maintain interior.

    Post # 16
    2027 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I live in Central FL, too krissycake, and I currently have leather in my Tahoe. Honestly, I think it really depends on the car. Actually, I think cars in general just get hotter than SUV’s. And while I don’t particularly like the regular cloth seats, my last vehicle was an H3 which had that super tough cloth (but dark in color) and it stayed really cool.It was also a breeze to keep clean and would look like new even after the dogs mudded it up.

    My Tahoe is black with light leather, and it stays relatively cool as well, although I wish it had seat coolers like a BMW for the summer around here! I still hate sticking to my seats. 

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