Cloth seats & soft-touch interior

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    I've had leather seats for the past 6 years, and wouldn't own them again unless they were cooled (ventilated). What I'm concerned about is that I'd miss out on the soft steering wheel/armrest/dash etc. Does the plastic on the XLT feel and look cheap?

    I'd love to hear thoughts from people who have sat in both. If I missed a similar thread, post the link.
     
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    XLT has an optional leather steering wheel and shifter grip with certain packages and it's standard on the Lariat. the center consul arm rest is padded and comfy. I don't remember the drivers door arm rest so that tells me it must have been reasonably comfy. The plastic inside looked to me like a typical middle of the line vehicle. It wasn't plush but it wasn't a Hyundai. The biggest thing I noticed that I thought looked cheap was the premium cloth seat in the XLT. They were comfortable just didn't look premium to me.
     
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    Interesting. I think they look pretty good in photos. I am definitely leaning towards a loaded XLT vs the Lariat.
     
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    I just wish Ford allowed us to option the LED headlights. Coming from a vehicle that has LED headlights to a halogen is going to be a change I am not favoring.
     
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    I wonder if they are swappable.
     
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    I don't like leather seats and didn't need any of the upgrades from XLT to Lariat. I bought an XLT with almost every option. Honestly I really liked the Ranger it drove exactly how I'd hoped. The only 2 small disappointments when I saw it and drove it were that the seats looked like what I would expect in the XL and the other is that the back seat is a bench and not a 60/40 split. It drove like an SUV or car and not like a stiff work truck, very smooth ride.
     
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    Im sure they will be. Depends on what FORD will charge for a pair of headlights.
     
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    In general I find the options being limited by trim to be frustrating. For someone who doesn’t want leather, you’re forced to forgo certain options that I would have gladly paid for like LED headlights, B&O speakers, body color mirror caps, grille with chrome bars. It’s like they assume that if you don’t like leather then you must not like upgrades or options.
     
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    I feel the same way. I don't like leather and I prefer the look of the XLT grill, but I cannot give up passive key, B&O audio and like the LED option. I'd even be fine without LED, but I've had passive key in my cars for the past 9 years and going back to a physical key to me would be like going back to VCR after using bluray for so long.
     
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    Probably not. Most vehicles now have the wiring for the headlamps built directly into the main wiring harness rather than as a separate assembly. So what I typically see is a physical spot for the LED module, but no pigtail for it.
    This is the same for vehicles with a front wiring harness. The harness is specific to the VIN.
     
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    In the F-150s, a lot of guys swap their halogen headlights for LED, but it does require special harnesses and such. It's about a $2k upgrade. Unfortunately, it'll probably take the aftermarket a couple of years to release a truly nice upgrade.

    There is a company in St. Louis, Diode Dynamics, that's developed an LED replacement bulb that behaves like a halogen bulb, which maintains the light pattern of the halogen housings but with an LED bulb. I believe they call it the SL1, but I know they've been on backorder for a long time. We'll see, I suppose. That'll be the first route I try to go.
     
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