Black Vs. Tan Leather Car Interior (Compared)

Black Vs. Tan Leather Car Interior (Compared)

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Light or Dark Interiors: What People Said

We conducted a Twitter poll asking our followers what type of interior they prefer. The choices were black, tan, white, and red. In our poll, we classified black as a sporty color, tan as a luxury color, white as a modern color, and red as a performance color. In our poll, 51 percent chose black, 27 percent went with tan, and around 12 percent opted for red. Only 10 percent picked a white interior.

“We thought black might be the preferred interior color, but we were hoping the red, performance-themed interior might score a little higher,” said Carl Anthony, Managing Editor of Automoblog. “When the Pontiac GTO came back in the mid-2000s, there was a red interior option; so maybe we were just feeling overly nostalgic – and optimistic – when we ran this poll.”

How Are They Similar?

Irrespective of which color, you decide to go with, at the end of the day, you will have a leather interior in your vehicle. You need to know how to take off the leather so that it looks better for longer.

Be it a tan or black leather interior, you can be assured of one thing if you don’t maintain it properly, the color won’t look very pleasant.

Very few people are comfortable with either tan or black leather interiors. Most car owners love one color and hate the other with passion.

For example, on car forums, you will find comments of how certain people love black and hate tan interiors. At the end of the day, what matters most is your preference. Go for what you like.

The common car paints are white, gray, and black. The good thing about these two interior colors is that they can blend easily with all these colors.

The slight difference is that black is compatible with more colors. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since black is a universal color.

We can all agree that a white leather interior looks amazing. The problem however is that it is very high-maintenance.

Black shows dirt stains easily, tan however can hide most stains, not unless those that are from liquids.

However, when you compare the three, black and tan don’t require such a high level of maintenance.

Who Should Get a Black Leather Interior and Why?

If you live in an area that experiences cool weather and crave a sleek interior, then black leather should be your go-to choice.

A black leather interior will keep you warm and it will make your car look great.

Also, if you have chosen a unique paint such as red or yellow for your car, a black interior will look better than any other color because black is a universal color.

Lighter Interior: Pros Cons

When it comes to lighter interiors, here’s what to expect.

What’s Great

  • White or light-colored interiors give the cabin a more airy and spacious feel.
  • In an expensive luxury SUV or sports car, light interiors are more elegant and classy.
  • Lighter colors will attract less heat. White reflects all wavelengths of light, which means a cooler cabin during the blistering hot summer.

What’s Not So Great

  • The seats might be cooler in the summer, but they are dirt magnets.
  • Not a good choice if you’re a fast foodie. Imagine a glob of Ketchup on white leather.
  • Lighter interiors are sometimes considered a premium option, depending on the make and model. That means you will pay more for them, although how much can vary. For example, the Porcelain Nappa leather option for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is about a $4,500 upgrade. By contrast, the Brown Light Frost interior option for the Jeep Grand Cherokee is $695.

Who doesn’t want a black interior?

Actually, there are a lot of people out there that like light interiors, especially those living in places where it’s hot a lot of the time. It also appears to be the case that buyers of luxury vehicles are more likely to choose a light interior, possibly because they’re not as concerned about resale values as those buying cheaper, mass-market models.

If you look at the cars of mega-rich sports, music and entertainment stars, a lot of them will have light interiors. Even if a lot more regular car buyers like light upholstery than are prepared to admit it or pay their hard-earned money for it, they, along with manufacturers and dealers, know black is a much safer bet.

There is a certain opulence about white, cream or even beige interiors, and you’ll often see them used to show a luxury interior off to its best in a brochure or an advertisement. However, walk into a showroom to look at one in the flesh, and you’ll probably find the showroom model and any demos will have been ordered with black interiors.


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