Originally Posted by JPalmer121
His seat looks absolutely horrible for a $40k+ dollar truck. They look like an old leather basketball that's worn out.
Ehhh... let's speak to the other side of this coin though. I owned s 2001 King Ranch (the original) and traded it in on my 2005 King Ranch (in the garage). My 01', when traded, looked almost new. My 05's seats, with 30k on the ticker, look nearly new.
The point being, I've meticulously babied the leather and, as such, it has taken good care of me as well.
It all boils down to this from a seating surface perspective -- the KR's Castano encompasses the entire seat -- in short, if it's brown and on a seating surface, it's leather. That includes the backs of the front seats and also side bolsters etc. (Ford did cheapen it up in the rear seat with a bit of brown fabric behind the center arm rest). The Mark, while it's a beautiful truck, will only feature leather on seating surfaces -- those surfaces include bottom and back of the seats. The other panels are pleather.
This, obviously, isn't that big of a deal as it's the current paradigm within the automotive industry and several 'high end' vehicle companies also do this to cover a tad of cost.
With that said, the additional leather'd areas may be either a blessing (as spun above) or a curse because of the additional conditioning areas.
The moral -- take great care of the leather and it will last just like any other piece of fine leather. I concur that some of the KR's that I've seen both here and on ebay look HORRIBLE -- and that's a light term but, rest assured that with the proper care, protection, cleaning, and conditioning (and also the use of a lot of common sense (like not spilling colas on the seat and not letting the kiddo have a ice cream sundae in the backseat)); your seats will last the duration of the truck.