While most vehicles come standard with cloth upholstery, leather is often an available upgrade. This is one of the major decisions you will need to make when buying a new car. Here are some of the pros and cons about each type of upholstery.
When it comes to price, cloth seats will always be the less expensive option, which means it is the better upholstery if you are on a tight budget. Another benefit to cloth is that it stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, so you don’t have to worry about burning or freezing your legs when you sit down.
A downside to cloth seats is the fact that they can quickly absorb anything that spills on them, leading to stains and spills. One way to avoid this is by applying a fabric protector to the seats to help make them more resistant to spills.
Leather seats will always be the more expensive option. However, they might not be as expensive as you think. On some vehicles, leather is available as a standalone option or even standard, while on others they come as part of a package. Because it costs more, leather is often seen as a status symbol, giving off a vibe of wealth and luxury.
One downside to leather is that it is more affected by temperature change — it gets burning hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. However, just like with leather furniture, it doesn’t take too long to acclimate to your body temperature once you get in the car. Additionally, many leather seats come with available built-in seat warmers and ventilators to combat the effects of extreme weather.
When it comes to fighting off spills and stains, leather is the winner. Because its surface is less porous than cloth, you can avoid most stains if you clean up spills as soon as they happen.
Whether you decide you want basic cloth seats or upgraded leather, JAB Automotive has plenty of vehicles with both options. Come by to test-drive different cars and see which seat feels right for you.