Unlike choosing an exterior paint color, you’ve got to sit in the choice you make when deciding between Toyota Cloth vs Leather vs SofTex seats. If you’re saddled with making a choice between these seating options during the purchase of your next new vehicle, there are a few details you should consider before choosing seating material.
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Toyota Cloth Seats
Cloth seats are still standard on nearly every Toyota model, and it’s likely that you’re the most familiar with them. Modern cloth seats are comfortable and accommodating. If you live in a warmer climate with a lot of sunshine (looking at you, Alabama), cloth seats perform better in direct sunlight. Leather seating can be a pain (quite literally), during the warm summer months.
One of the biggest detractors of cloth seats is stains. If you act fast, you should be able to remedy any situation pretty easily.
Leather Interior Seating
The gold standard in seating for decades, leather interior seating is found in higher trim levels. Leather seats are extremely comfortable and easy to clean. If you’ve got kids and will be concerned about the condition of your seats, or you have plans to resell your vehicle, leather interior seating might be the most logical choice.
Carpet and cloth do a great job of harboring allergens; it’s why many folks with bad allergies prefer hardwood floors to carpet. There’s little need to worry about leather seats collecting debris or allergens from the outside world.
What is SofTex?
A synthetic leather material, SofTex has been growing in popularity due to its stain resistant qualities, overall appearance, and comfort. SofTex seating can be found in the Toyota Prius and Avalon. SofTex combines a lot of the best features of cloth and leather, as it’s soft to touch, smooth, and won’t scald exposed skin in direct sunlight.
But don’t just take our word for it. Seating choices should always come down to personal preference and budget. There are positives and negatives with each interior seating choice. It might help to schedule a test drive at Serra Toyota of Decatur to sample each flavor!