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2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Smart Seats

June 28, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

Leather is both a blessing and a curse in a car designed to go quickly around corners. Certainly it looks good. But it's slick. And by slick I mean "hang on to the steering wheel for dear life, slick." There are better materials.

Which is precisely why Subaru was smart enough to cover the BRZ's seating surfaces (the part where you actually sit) in alcantara suede. Not only does suede look good and stay cooler in the sun, but it keeps you in place while cornering. These are excellent seats.

Nice move, Subaru.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor


Comments

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    I like the performance of it, for sure, but is leather easier to clean?

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Leather is much easier to clean but faux suede isn't that bad, especially if it's not a convertible.

  • gtfrank1 gtfrank1 Posts:

    I have the base cloth seats. They are absolutely wonderful. I cant believe they are standard. They hold you firmly in place and they are very comfortable on long trips.

  • gtfrank1 gtfrank1 Posts:

    I have the base cloth seats. They are absolutely wonderful. I cant believe they are standard. They hold you firmly in place and they are very comfortable on long trips.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I don't have a general preference for cloth over leather or vice versa. There are really good cloth options, and really bad ones. Really good leather (or pleather, or vinyl, or whatever) options, and bad ones. The BRZ seems to do pretty well with both.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I don't have a general preference for cloth over leather or vice versa. There are really good cloth options, and really bad ones. Really good leather (or pleather, or vinyl, or whatever) options, and bad ones. The BRZ seems to do pretty well with both.

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