What is Toyota SofTex Upholstery?
Almost all of us have gotten into a car with leather interior that has been baking in the sun and burned the back of our legs and then subsequently had to peel our sticky legs off the seat. Most of us have just as likely seen plush cloth seats that have been stained by your infant spilling grape juice. While leather interior is a premium classic and cleans easily, cloth seats are much less expensive and won’t change temperatures drastically in the Vermont seasons. What if there was an alternative though, that combined the best characteristics of both? As it turns out, there is and it is called SofTex. About now, you are likely wondering — what is Toyota SofTex upholstery — and we have some answers for you here at White River Toyota.
Toyota SofTex is a synthetic and artificial leather material that has become a staple for many options in the Toyota model lineup. Maintaining the plush, premium feel and style of traditional leather upholstery, SofTex is a more durable material that offers considerable advantages in the Toyota interiors. SofTex is a thermoplastic polyurethane and a primary advantage that it holds over leather seating is a higher level of breathability and better thermal qualities. What this means for the average driver, is that SofTex will stay cooler in the sun and has a better ability to reflect the sun’s rays. SofTex will also absorb moisture slower and release moisture faster than leather or vinyl seats when you have to wipe away spills.
In addition to being cooler and more affordable than leather, SofTex upholstery is more environmentally friendly. Requiring 99% fewer Volatile Organic Compounds to manufacture and creating 85% less CO2 emissions in the manufacturing process, SofTex is an excellent alternative to leather. It will also be more resistant to absorbing dirt and has similar tensile strength to leather and has passed significant durability testing, keeping your 2016 Toyota RAV4 looking like new for years down the road.
If you are interested in the look and feel of leather without the cost or stinging burn of hot leather, Toyota SofTex is a preferred alternative. Now that you have a better understanding of — what is Toyota SofTex upholstery — you know what to look for when you pick out your next Toyota. Several new Toyota editions offer Toyota SofTex upholstery including the 2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition. Stop in today at White River Toyota and take a test drive in a new Toyota to see what SofTex feels like firsthand.