How To Pick The Car Seat Cover To Match Your Car and Lifestyle

Written by lyricsmama on July 31, 2015 – 11:27 AM -

Choosing the best car seat covers to suit your lifestyle can seem like a real headache. The two main options to consider are fabric and leather which both offer something completely different. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you make the best decision.

Fabric

7426117998_8cd860e742_zThis material is extremely versatile, available in a wide array of colors and designs. It’s also durable and isn’t very good at conducting heat. This is a big advantage as the fabric seats remain cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are tons of options to suit your needs. Adventurous types can choose neoprene which has great waterproofing attributes — perfect if you’re getting in and out of the car soaking wet or for anyone with any four-legged friends. For those long distance drivers, you may want to consider, Velvet. This ultra-soft material provides comfort and padding with a luxurious feel.

Typically, fabric seat covers are significantly cheaper than leather, but there are disadvantages. Fabric isn’t as hard wearing as leather and can deteriorate more quickly over time, especially with increased exposure to the sun. They can also stain more easily (stains could leak through to your original seats) and become faded with heavy use.

Leather

The luxurious finish of leather is the alternative to fabric (albeit with a higher price tag) which can add a great look to many vehicles. Many people choose black or tan for a sophisticated and stylish look. However, red seats can be the perfect finish to that sporty car.  This material is even more durable than fabric and will last a lifetime. It can be the perfect choice for the family run around, as sticky spills can easily be wiped off. 513017069_c8fb9c0e54

However, if you live in a country with long, hot summer days this may be the wrong choice. Leather can get very hot in warm temperatures and be uncomfortable to sit on. In the winter, they can also become very cold and you may need a blanket. Of course, If you have seat warmers this won’t be a problem. Generally, if you live somewhere with extreme temperatures, fabric seat covers may be the only suitable choice.

Leather is also an animal product which means vegetarians and vegans will want to steer clear. If you have someone of this preference traveling in your car often, such as a family member you may want to consider another option, or if your heart it set on leather go for a faux version (stores like Tesco stock faux leather car seat covers).

Lastly, for those of you with pets, leather can be a real problem. If you travel with your dog, their claws can often rip or scratch the leather and even damage the seats underneath.

Using car seat covers is a great way to protect your cars interior from unruly pets and children and ensures you’ll get the best possible resale value when you decide to change your car. So happy shopping, and why not leave us a comment and let us know your favorite car seat cover and why it suit’s your lifestyle?

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Meet the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi

Written by lyricsmama on October 4, 2012 – 4:49 PM -

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi impressed me this time around. I reviewed the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi last year, and it was an OK car, I found it a little small, but the 2013 model seemed to impress me a little more than the earlier year.

We had plenty of space with our family of 4 inside the vehicle. My husband was able to sit comfortably in the passenger’s seat while my daughter still had plenty of leg room in the back seat. Both of the kids were comfortable and had ample room in the back. Although only 1 of my girls are still in a booster seat, I’m sure with a full size car seat there still would have been a lot of room back there. The back seats also provide a60/40 split-folding locking rear seats with rear armrest/center pass-through.

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi comes equip with pairing for your phone via Bluetooth and it’s satellite radio ready. You’ll also find a sun roof, and radio controls and cruise controls on the steering wheel. Bluetooth Streaming Audio is also available, but I didn’t get a chance to check it out. There’s also an available USB port for your MP3 player.

One thing we didn’t find with the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi was a build in GPS/Navigation. We also did find that the phone pairing option was almost pointless as you had to dial out the number in full rather than just saying “Call Bob” and it dialing the number for you. Instead you would have to say “Dial 555-555-5555” then you would have to press the button to ‘pick up’ the phone, and again to ‘hang up’ it’s not really a full hands free system, something that needs to be fixed in my opinion to be a little more user friendly.

The Suzuki Sedan looks great, the control was good, although I felt that the Kizashi was a bit sensitive when it came to acceleration and breaking. Fuel economy was pretty good, Iaveraged about 26mpg doing city driving, and the cabin seemed quiet, although at times you could hear it rev up when you accelerated.  Climate control is automatic, or you can manually set it as well. You also have the option to have the driver and passenger sides controlled.

Front Wheel Drive, or All Wheel drive is available based on your road conditions. The Suzuki Kizashi also gives you ample trunk space, I was truly impressed with it as you didn’t expect so much space in this car when you’d first look at it.

In all, I really enjoyed driving around with the Kizashi, I do wish I had more time with the vehicle as I wasn’t able to drive it around as much as I had wanted to since my youngest ended up getting sick (hence no review from the girls this time).

Check out the technical specs below for more information, as well as my interior view of the car.  The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi starting MSRP is $19,999.

Exterior Dimensions
Overall length (in.) 183.1
Overall width (in.) 71.7
Overall height (in.) 58.3
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3
Front tread (in.) 61.6
Rear tread (in.) 61.6
Ground clearance (in.) 5.7

Capacities
Seating capacity 5
Fuel tank capacity (liters/gallons) 63 / 16.6

Powertrain
Engine type 2.4 liter, DOHC, inline 4 cylinder, 16-valve, digital fuel injection
Bore x stroke (in.) 3.62 x 3.54
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Fuel distribution Multiport Injection
Maximum output (HP and torque) MT Models 185 HP @ 6,500 RPM, 170 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Maximum output (HP and torque) CVT Models 180 HP @ 6,000 RPM, 170 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Maximum output (HP and torque) 170 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Final drive ratio, MT 4.117 —
Final drive ratio, AT — 5.798

Chassis
Steering Electronic power steering with rack & pinion
Suspension, front MacPherson strut and coil springs
Suspension, rear Multi-link
Brakes, front Vented disc
Brakes, rear Solid disc
Wheels 17″ Alloy 18″ Alloy
Spare wheel T145 / 90 D16 (for temporary use only)
Tires P215/55R17 P235/45R18
Tire Hazard Protection Trunk- Mounted Tire Inflation Kit Spare Tire

EPA Fuel Economy
City / Highway FWD MT Models 20 / 29
City / Highway FWD CVT Models 23 / 30
City / Highway AWD CVT Models 22 / 29

You can find out more information by visiting your local Suzuki dealer or suzukiauto.com.

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