What is the difference between leather and leatherette?

What is the difference between leather and leatherette seats?

When shopping for a new vehicle, or newer vehicle, we all look at which features come with a specific model we are interested in. Does it have four-wheel-drive? Does it have a CD player? Or what kind of seats does it have? Some people have preferences that make or break their decision to buy a certain vehicle, especially when it comes to the interior. Today we’re going to tell you the difference between two types of interior seating materials to help you in your search for the ideal car.

The majority of vehicles on the market are fit with cloth, leather or leatherette seats. The difference between cloth and leather is easy to determine but what about leather vs leatherette? What is leatherette and how does it differ from regular leather? Find the answers to these questions here with Park Marina Motors.

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What is leatherette?

When a vehicle’s description states it has leatherette seats that means it features a synthetic material and not real leather. It is a plastic-based vinyl material, not made from animal skin like real leather. Being made from a synthetic material, leatherette seats also have different properties than real leather with may influence a buyer decision as well.

Benefits of Leatherette Seating:

  • Repels Food and Liquids
  • Less Likely to Scratch
  • More Affordable
  • Variety of Available Colors
  • Washable
Benefits of Leather Seating:

  • More Breathable
  • Extremely Durable
  • Biodegradable
  • Status
leather vs leatherette seats
benefits of leatherette seats

How to distinguish leather from leatherette

Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether a vehicle’s seats are made of leather or a high-quality leatherette. However, to figure out which is which, look closely at the pores of the material. Real leather will have inconsistently spaced pores while leatherette will have perfectly spaced to repeating pores. Leather will also have a more buttery texture than the slight plastic feel of leatherette.

You can find a vehicle’s seating material and interior trim listed under the equipment tab of each vehicle in our Park Marina Motors inventory. Once you have found your vehicle with the interior of your choice, use our online tools to schedule a test drive, value your vehicle trade-in value and get pre-approved for vehicle financing.