Buying A New Car With Leather Or Adding It Yourself: Which Is Cheaper?
A lot of people want leather seats in their new car. The trouble is, most car manufacturers use this preference to upsell their vehicles. If you try to buy a new car with leather seats, you’re often asked to buy a moonroof, a fancy stereo, and a few other features you may not want.
For those who want leather without having to pay for the premium or upgraded trim level, there’s a solution. You canadd aftermarket leather seats to any car. Very often these seats are cheaper because a new car with a trim that has leather seats (and other add-ons) is more expensive than the same model with a lesser trim.
For example, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 starts at $26,350. To get leather seats, you’ll have to upgrade to the Adventure trim, which starts at $33,355. Basically, you’d be paying a whopping $7,005 for leather seats and other add-ons like:
- Sport-tuned suspension system
- Sport shift lever, floor mats, and door sill protectors
- Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
That’s a hefty price tag for features you don’t care for, especially when you can get your local dealership to install leather seats to the base model for under $2000. That’s why installing aftermarket leather seats is the perfect solution. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Aftermarket Leather Seats?
When you ask the dealer to install aftermarket leather seats, you’re asking them to remove the stock seats and replace them with complete leather seats. Katzkin is the choice brand for many dealers who install leather seats, and they offer a wide variety of color and material options.
Katzkin, along with many other reputable aftermarket leather seat brands, offers seats designed to work with certain makes and models. If you do a search on the brand’s website, you’ll find a list of aftermarket leather seats that are compatible with your new car.
Pros And Cons Of Installing Aftermarket Leather Seats
Explore the pros and cons of installing aftermarket leather seats in your car.
- Quality: Aftermarket leather seats are often identical to or better than factory-installed leather seats in terms of look, fit, and durability. Many factory leather seats use vinyl backers or low-grade leather, while most aftermarket kits are 100% leather and tend to be good quality.
- Comfort: Technically, the seat itself doesn’t change when you add leather to a vehicle. So the comfort shouldn’t change much. However, on some cars, the factory leather is lower grade than the leather you get from an aftermarket kit.
- Customization options: If you’re looking for a more unique look than standard leather seats, you can opt for custom leather seats with particular color schemes and custom stitched logos. It’s inexpensive to add customization to aftermarket leather seats.
- Additional upgrades: If you’re replacing the seat covers with leather, it’s a simple matter to add in heated seats. There are also kits that will add cooling to the seats as part of the upgrade.
- Costs, especially if you’re doing a larger vehicle: Adding leather to a coupe or sedan is fairly inexpensive – $1500-$2000 including installation, with some special deals available for popular models. But if you’re adding leather to a 3 row SUV, it can get pricey.
- Customization confusion. When you decide to add an aftermarket leather kit to your car, you’ll quickly realize that there are dozens of options available in terms of colors, patterns, piping, stitching, etc. It can quickly get confusing.
In A Nutshell…
Instead of paying thousands of dollars on a package upgrade just to get one or two features you want, you might consider only buying the functionality you want aftermarket.
If, for example, you want to have leather seats in your vehicle, you don’t have to buy the premium trim package to get them. If you want heated seats, you can get those via an aftermarket seat heater kit. If you want to add SiriusXM radio in your car, you can just get one of our satellite radio adapter kits.
Or if you want a completely new and innovative system, you can take a look at our Smart Keyless Access system to get keyless entry, walk-away lock, illuminated entry, and more.
NOTE: If you’re in the market for a new car, be sure to check out this list of features a dealer can add to your new car!
2013-2018 Toyota RAV4 LE Katzkin Black Leather Seat Replacement Covers
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Seller:www.sealeddeals.com✉️(8,416)99.8%, Location:Lynbrook, New York, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item:1723671901622013-2018 Toyota RAV4 LE Katzkin Black Leather Seat Replacement Covers. NEW Katzkin Automotive Leather Interior This listing is for a brand new Katzkin automotive leather interior. This Katzkin kit is not comprised of just seat covers, it is a replacement interior for your vehicle - in other words, you must remove the original factory cloth interior and it is replaced with these Katzkin covers. These are installed just like factory leather covers. You will receive the complete replacement seat cover set. Please check the description below for specific vehicle requirements. Compatibility: 2013-18 Toyota RAV4 LE Vehicle Requirements:- Fits LE trim only. Does not fit XLE. - Fits gas engine model RAV4 LE. Does not fit Hybrid models. - Fits RAV4 LE with factory cloth interior, will not fit factory leather of any other trim level Design: Black with Black Stitching (no perforation) What's included?: Front Seat Upholstery, Rear Seat Upholstery, Headrest Covers, Door Panel Upholstery (See photo of pattern schematic for all included parts). Is it real leather?: This is a Katzkin Deluxe Leather-Trimmed Interior which utilizes a combination of genuine leather and vinyl. The front row seats have leather faces and rear row seats have leather inserts -- all other parts are vinyl. This leather content is consistent with most vehicle manufacturers. Can I use with my factory seat heaters?: Yes. Not only can you use these with factory seat heaters but you can add aftermarket seat heaters at the time of installation as well! Can I use this with the Katzkin Degreez heated and cooling system?: No. This kit is not compatible with the Katzkin Degreez heating and cooling system. If you wish to install Degreez, please contact us for additional information When will it be shipped?: We ship as quickly as possible from various locations in an effort to get the item to you as quickly as possible. Please refer to shown shipping/handling lead time for current shipping estimates. If you have a specific question about lead time, please let us know prior to purchase, we will be glad to tell you exactly when you can expect the item. Returns: Returns of brand new, uninstalled leather kits are accepted. Original shipping charges are not refundable. Items are subject to a reduction in refund amount if not returned in the same condition in which they were received by the buyer. What is Katzkin? Katzkin is the leader in custom automotive leather, delivering tailor-made, custom-fit interiors for virtually all non-luxury vehicles. Katzkin kits are intended to be professionally installed or by those "DIYers" with firsthand knowledge of auto upholstery. This kit does not include tools, instructions or supplies (such as hog rings). When installed correctly, these kits can look as good or better than a factory leather interior! Katzkin offers a 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty on these interiors. If you are unfamiliar with any upholstery-related terms, such as inserts, combo, faces, centers, perforation or piping, please feel free to ask - we will be happy to explain! Please note that you are responsible for making sure that this kit is compatible with your vehicle. If you have any doubts, please contact us so we can help clear it up. These are aftermarket replacement leather covers which take a professional 3+ hours to install. These are not basic pull-over covers. We recommend having a professional auto upholstery shop install this kit to receive the best results. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONECondition:New other (see details), Condition:Brand new! Genuine Katzkin covers. The factory cloth interior must be removed in order to install these covers -- these are not simple slip on covers. Please read full item description and let us know if you have any questions., Return shipping will be paid by:Buyer, Returns Accepted:Returns Accepted, Item must be returned within:30 Days, Refund will be given as:Money Back, Material:Leather and vinyl, Theme:Factory-style, Color:BLACK, Manufacturer Part Number:T13HA, Other Part Number:L2TO10, Brand:KATZKIN, Fitment Type:Direct Replacement
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I have the Katzkin leather in ash color, factory design level. It was an add-on by the dealer who had the only Shoreline Blue in stock near me at the time (and would give me a reasonable trade in for my Nissan LEAF) so I paid the $1,680+ tax for the leather. I later learned it was taken off a white RAV4 EV at the request of a fellow forum member and reinstalled on the blue one, so you're not stuck with the dealer choice of color (or leather upgrade for that matter). I like the door inserts to match the seats instead of the factory fabric pattern. I had to take it back to the installer to retighten the leather in the driver front seating area, otherwise it's holding up well. Out of curiosity, I asked the installer for an aftermarket price, and he quoted $1,395 installed for the factory design, 2 rows of seating, so less expensive than what the dealer charged. They also did aftermarket moonroofs on the RAV4 for the same price, $1,395; and $200 off if you got both the leather and moonroof.
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Toyota RAV4 Seat Covers
The Toyota RAV4 is in a class of its own and has been for years. This crossover SUV is great for taking you on adventures in the wilderness and commuting around town due to its great gas mileage. You can massively improve and customize your vehicle with Toyota RAV4 seat covers designed and chosen by you.
Whether you’re driving off-road, camping, or cruising to soccer practice, things can get a little dirty out there. Katzkin interiors are up to the challenge with world-class durability, style, and comfort. Katzkin’s custom-fit, premium interiors, and leather Toyota RAV4 seat covers are created to transform your vehicle. Replacing your original factory-installed cloth seats with a custom-designed leather interior from Katzkin will change the look, feel, and resale value of your car.
Toyota RAV4 Seat Covers
Katzkin interiors are some of the highest quality Toyota RAV4 seat covers you’ll ever find. They’re specifically engineered and handcrafted to completely replace your RAV4’s cloth seats with a professionally installed, upholstered custom leather interior. These are top-of-the-line seat replacements for your car and you won’t be disappointed. Cheap seat covers won’t increase the resale value of your car but Katzkin seats will. We can also add heated and ventilated seats to your RAV4. That’ll increase the value of your car as well.
One reason so many people choose Katzkin instead of the manufacturer is that we have so many RAV4 leather options for them to pick from. Choose from our popular Toyota RAV4 Katzkin Designs, a Manufacturer Inspired Interior, or Create a Design of Your Own. We offer a choice of over 120 colors and materials including black, red, white, and blue with multiple trim options. We can make your leather RAV4 seat covers look just the want. If you want a simple, single-tone look, we can obviously do that for you and so much more. We can add custom perforation, piping, stitching including TekStitch, embroidery, embossing, and two-tone.
We also have a huge variety of RAV4 seat materials to choose from. A few of our seat options include suedezkin, Tuscany leather, Katzkin XT, alligator, and a whole lot more. Not only do we have a massive selection of pre-designed RAV4 seats for you to choose from but you can also create your own design and we’ll make that happen. If you need help picking designing your new RAV4 interior, our installers are experts at helping you know what looks great and will give you helpful advice.
Katzkin’s Toyota RAV4 custom leather seat covers and interior options are available for the following model years:
In addition to being able to add high-quality, custom leather to a whole host of model years, we can also work on virtually any RAV4 model and trim. We add leather to the RAV4 a lot and can install leather on any trim level all the way from the LE to the TRD Off-Road and Limited.
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The Toyota RAV4 was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. It received a distinctive new grille design, new all-wheel-drive systems, and an upgraded engine. The RAV4 has now become the best-selling compact crossover SUV in the United States.
In addition to the fresh exterior styling, the Toyota RAV4’s interior was also improved. Toyota has switched out its previous subpar cabin materials for soft-touch surfaces and more appealing color schemes. The RAV4’s new interior looks so impressive that it made the “Top 10 Interiors” list from Ward’s Auto. Let’s take a look inside the Toyota RAV4 and see why it deserved this award.
Each Toyota RAV4 trim has a unique color scheme inside, setting it apart from other SUVs. In the Limited trim tested by Ward’s, the nice mix of dark and light gray colors really caught their eye. They also like the mocha-colored accents sprinkled throughout the cabin. Other trims have different colored accents, like the bright orange ones in the Adventure model.
Reviewers also liked the broken-triangle pattern placed in certain areas of the cabin and the abundance of geometric shapes. The RAV4’s interior is also quite functional thanks to multiple storage trays and a large center console. Cargo capacity is above average and the SUV’s low floor makes it easier to pack everything inside.
The Toyota RAV4 was also praised for its high-quality seats, especially in the pricier trims. Cloth upholstery is the standard material, plus six-way adjustability for the driver and four-way adjustability for the front-seat passenger. The seats are roomy enough for most adults in both the first and second rows.
In higher trims, drivers can opt for synthetic leather seats with more comfort options. These include heating, ventilation, and driver’s seat memory. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is available, which can also be heated.
High-quality infotainment features
The Toyota RAV4’s infotainment interface is extremely intuitive and receptive to user inputs. Physical knobs for climate and volume controls are also integrated into the center stack. It comes with a nice variety of standard features, like Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, and a USB port.
Ward’s Auto was also particularly impressed with the RAV4’s audio system. A six-speaker setup is standard, but the Limited trim sports an upgraded 11-speaker JBL audio system. Upgrades in other trims include wireless device charging, built-in navigation, satellite or HD radio, and more USB ports.
Excellent safety technology
Since SUVs are primarily used as family vehicles, the amount of safety features is a major selling point. The base Toyota RAV4 offers many advanced functions like forward collision warning, automatic high beams, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Even more sophisticated features like driver drowsiness warning and traffic sign recognition are standard. At the LE’s price tag of $25,000, this is definitely an excellent value.
Higher trims have more features like parking sensors, rear-cross traffic alert, and blind-spot monitors. The rearview camera can also be upgraded to a 360-degree parking camera. Additionally, the RAV4 has great crash test scores from both the IIHS and NHTSA.
Is the 2020 RAV4 worth the hype?
Large passenger vehicles typically aren’t known for their luxe interiors, which is why the new Toyota RAV4 impressed critics. The RAV4 has also been praised for its excellent fuel economy. According to the EPA, 2020 models get an impressive 28 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.
The 2020 RAV4 has all the new interior components of the 2019 model, plus a few extra features. Android Auto is now standard, and there’s a new TRD off-roading trim. With its ergonomic interior and satisfying driving performance, we can definitely see why the RAV4 is so popular.
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