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Old 01-08-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Vinyl / urethane steering wheel difference?

Someone here posted earlier that the non-leather wrapped steering wheel in the all new, next-gen 2012 Focus is a vinyl steering wheel (S and SE trim). What is a vinyl steering wheel? I know previously non-leather wrapped steering wheels have been referred to as urethane (make of urethane). Is a vinyl steering wheel better (better feel to it and better quality overall)?

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Old 01-08-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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Whatever it is...I just hope it holds up better than the one I have now
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Vinyl is pretty much fake leather. Used to be used in the old days on cars all the time, from interiors to those half vinyl covered roofs in cadets and oldsmobiles. Idk if it'll hold up better or not but it should feel better. Spring for the sport package and the leather wrap, it's worth the money.
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Yeah, I remember the old days with vinyl seats and all. I'd never heard of a vinyl steering wheel, though. What I want to do is drive an SE and then an SE w/Sport Pkg back to back to discern the difference between the two. From what I hear just the standard set up (non sport suspension version) is extremely good and very dynamic. I still plan on getting the SE hatchback w/Powershift with no options planned at this time.
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Yeah, I remember the old days with vinyl seats and all. I'd never heard of a vinyl steering wheel, though. What I want to do is drive an SE and then an SE w/Sport Pkg back to back to discern the difference between the two. From what I hear just the standard set up (non sport suspension version) is extremely good and very dynamic. I still plan on getting the SE hatchback w/Powershift with no options planned at this time.


Posted via FF Mobile Yes but the sport package adds more then a suspension, it adds the leather wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels, select shift for the powershift, AND rear disc brakes. Package price will be around a grand, which is a STEAL for what your getting. Good luck trying to match that price with the aftermarket, and you won't get select shift either.

Btw selectshift means your able to shift the car yourself.
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I'd definitely recommend a leather-wrapped steering wheel over a regular one. It's hard to go back once you've driven a car with it. I partially miss my Focus because it had such a nice steering feel. It makes long trips more comfortable, offers more grip, and simply looks badass. The only sucky thing is that it tends to get really hot in the summer if you're parked directly under the sun. But that's a minor gripe for all the positives it offers.

On a side note I was stuck driving a rental Malibu Maxx after I totalled my first Focus back in '06. The suspension on that thing actually felt really nice... but holy hell the interior was coated with unbearably cheap plastics. Want to feel the difference in how a terrible steering wheel can really dampen the driving experience? Step into any older GM car and you'll wish your hands were bathed in industrial strength acid.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:45 AM   #7
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^ I agree. Once you drive a leather-wrapped for years, it's very tough to go back. The "non-leather" ones really have a cheap feel to them.
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