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What do you prefer?

I personally prefer to get fabric upholstery (and is currently what I have) mostly because I don't enjoy getting burned in the summer if I'm wearing shorts.

One thing I don't like though is how hard it is to keep clean compared to leather. So I was just curious what you prefer and if you think the perks of one over the other make a huge difference?
 

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At this stage of my life I would love to have leather but then again I have kids, and pets. It makes for transport sometimes a little harder than you would think, the last thing I want is leather on the inside and then one of the little devils tears it.
 

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I never thought about the ripping issue (I guess because I've never had leather to rip). Is leather that easy to tear? I certainly wasn't planning on giving the kids any knives to play with in the back seat so never considered that possibility.
 

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I know many people that will not get leather if they are still dealing with car seats, right now we have a booster in the car. I have no issues tossing a towel down but I have no idea if that really works or if its a myth.
 

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I ScotchGuard the seats whenever I purchase a new vehicle and then each time I have the upholstery cleaned in a thorough detailing, I go back and ScotchGuard again. I also do not allow food to be eaten in my vehicles by kids, and no messy foods even for adults. It's bad for you to eat on the go, anyway. ;)
 

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I ScotchGuard the seats whenever I purchase a new vehicle and then each time I have the upholstery cleaned in a thorough detailing, I go back and ScotchGuard again. I also do not allow food to be eaten in my vehicles by kids, and no messy foods even for adults. It's bad for you to eat on the go, anyway. ;)
You sound like my best friend, he's strict about not eating in his car. I can't imagine not eating fast food once in a while in my car, but that's great that you stick with that. As for the original question, I prefer leather but in the summer I agree that it can be a little annoying.
 

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I live in a really hot region, so I hate leather seats. Even with air conditioning, they are just way too uncomfortable for half of the year where I live. As for the problems with cleaning cloth seats, I guess I'm a bit of a slob, it's not a huge issue for me. I mean I thoroughly clean my car once in a while, but comfort is much more of a priority in my opinion.
 

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ChrisC, I agree that leather is sweaty but fabric just absorbs that moisture, right? I don't think you can win either way in a warm climate so my solution is to fit removable covers. They are easy to wash and add a touch of my personality to the car.
 

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Yes your decision is right to use the fabric upholstery but many people are using as per their needs. Some like leather because it is easy to clean but I like the fabric and it feels me more comfortable than leather.
 

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We got leather because we have little kids and their spills are too much for cloth. All the seating surfaces we own are leather for that very reason (except for the beds of course). The car we last had with cloth seats got messy as ever because of those kids; with leather, everything wipes right up.
 

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Leather VS Cloth

I have owned several cars with leather seats in various climates. I used to live in Pittsburgh and I owned a car with leather seats. I lived in Corpus Christi, Texas and I owned a car with leather seats. I have three grown kids and I owned cars with leather seats while we were raising them. After all is said and done, nothing beats leather. In the cold climates, you need heated seats. In the warm climates when you are parked outside, you need a sunshade. Leather wears better than cloth and cleans much easier and is really very difficult to tear , puncture, or rip. If you can, go to used car lots and try to find 2 cars of the same model, one with leather and one with cloth, that are both several years old, and compare their seat interiors. You will see the deal with leather. As for baby seats and booster chairs, they now sell custom pads to use underneath these devices to protect the seats from baby. If you plan on keeping your Santa Fe Sport for only a few years, cloth may be a reasonable option but if you plan on keeping it until the warranty tanks ( 5 years/ 50,000 miles) or longer then, in my opinion, leather is the only way to go. The leather seating surfaces in my SFS 2.0T are absolutely beautiful and well-made and fitted. Love them. By the way, Toyota has seating surfaces in their top-of-the-line RAV-4 which they call SOFTEX, which is a form of vinyl. Toyota no longer offers leather in an attempt to maximize their profits. Plastic cost less than leather. Trickery for the unsuspecting modern consumer. I remember my Dad's old Chevy with cracked vinyl seats. As for me, it is leather or nothing at all. ( heh-heh-heh). Stole that from Mercedes Benz:)
 
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