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The wife and I are in the search for a Prius. My question is about leather vs cloth interior. We have looked at several Prius's with the leather package and the armrests are still cloth. Does anyone know why this is? Also, I would appreciate some feedback from owners with cloth interiors as to how fast the console and armrest get "soiled" and as to the frequecy they need to be cleaned. Also do they clean up easily and look as good as new. As a side note, our present and last 3 vehicles have had leather and we like the ease of cleaning, especially the consloe and armrests, but we are open to a cloth interior. Thanks
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I have cloth in my 04 and have never cleaned it. It still looks good. Cloth versus leather is really a personal choice. You're the ones who have to sit on it.
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Here is a picture of my 2004's armrest. The car has 56,000 miles, and I have a 13 year old and a 3 year old that do their best to destroy the car. It probably hasn't been vacuumed in six months, hasn't been shampooed in a year. The only major problem is the front of the fabric keeps coming out from its 'wrap around', so I have to keep pushing it back in. This started at about the 40,000 mile mark.
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I had an '04 with cloth, which I treated with a spray-on soil repellent when I first got the car. I then spot-cleaned occasionaly as needed, and it looked fine when I sold it. I now have an '06 with factory leather, and it has leather-appearing material on the armrests and center console. I think that only the seating surfaces are actually genuine leather, along with the steering wheel. Perhaps the factory has changed the trim for '08 or you are looking at cars which have aftermarket leather installed. When I bought my '06, the aftermarket leather package did not include the steering wheel. I prefer the leather for comfort and ease of cleaning, and hope it will continue to look good in the long term with an occasional cleaning and application of leather conditioner. My six year old Lexus' leather still looks like new with this care, although I would expect that it probably has a better grade of leather than that used in the Prius.
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on, yeah... I forgot to mention that I treated my fabric with a "Scotch Guard" like product on purchase, too. Haven't re-applied, though.

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The wife and I are in the search for a Prius. My question is about leather vs cloth interior. We have looked at several Prius's with the leather package and the armrests are still cloth. Does anyone know why this is? Also, I would appreciate some feedback from owners with cloth interiors as to how fast the console and armrest get "soiled" and as to the frequecy they need to be cleaned. Also do they clean up easily and look as good as new. As a side note, our present and last 3 vehicles have had leather and we like the ease of cleaning, especially the consloe and armrests, but we are open to a cloth interior. Thanks
Because it's not factory leather. it's "port-installed leather" which means the dealer went to an aftermarket place to have leather installed.


The cloth armrests and centre console are very very thin. Mine is showing the same marks ehurtley's pictures show but on the driver's armrest. My centre console looks ok.

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Thanks everyone for the input. We purchased a Magnetic Gray Metallic Prius Packge#3 with cloth. The whole reason we looked for the leather was mainly for the armrests and console(cleanliness). The seat fabric is fine. It was evident that ALOT of the dealers here in Dallas, Tx are doing the "port-installed" leather and trying to pull it off as factory installed. Only one dealer here admitted it was aftermarket.
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Congrats on the purchase of the new Prius with cloth interior. I do have cloth and I am happy with it. If down the road it starts to wear out, it may be a good excuse to get sheepskin covers.
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If you really want leather you can get it installed. You can also get them to do the armrests and console. I recommend not having the Toyota dealer sell you this as he doesn't do it anyway, and just takes a cut. Go the place(s) that actually install the leather. Should cost less than $2000 (usually just under $1000). Options are:
1. Above mentioned console and armrests.
2. "Perforated" leather (tiny holes on centre panels of seat) so it breaths better - downside to this is it can be torn easier.
3. Most leather packages use real leather on the centre bottom and back panels only - you can special order the leather seats with other panels in true leather. This usually adds about $1000 to the price.
4. Leather covered steering wheel - they'd probably order one from Toyota, though there are kits you can buy, even padded ones.

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I must say that having leather in a Prius defeats the purpose. This car is all about increased fuel mileage, economy and a suppot in helping the environment.
Each year, cows release an almost immeasurable amount of methane gas into the atmosphere. This, along with the actions of the Bush administration and the rest of the Neo-Cons is quickly destroying our ecosystem.
You should also realize that by adding leather to your Prius, that you increase the weight of the car and effectively lower the potential mpg it can achieve. I took the opportunity to calculate the weight of the leather option which came out to roughly 96lbs. I added an additional 96lbs to the weight of my car using common house hold items like my signed copy of The Inconvienent Truth, a bowling ball, some left over John Kerry signs, a broken solar panel and the racks from my pottery kiln and low and behold, I saw on average a 1 mpg DECREASE in my fuel economy when tested over 4 tanks of fuel.

Please be smart and get the cloth interior and save some animals in the process.
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