I have had leather seats and interiors in my vehicles for years. I may take some cleaner to them every 3 -4 years, but only is they are dirty. I don't get where everyone says they require tremendous amounts of maintenance. It just isn't true.
I keep my vehicles until about 200,000 miles. I had been putting on about 40,000 miles per years. So, I was buying a new car and getting rid of it before it could get dirty or show some use. Maybe there is a world of difference in what you get for leather seats. All of my vehicles with leather have been Land Rovers or Mercedes so I may have an unrealistic viewpoint.
In any case everyone else has been speaking in absolutes and referencing brands or car class, so I have to assume they are meaning "all" leather seats. I'm saying it doesn't apply to all of them.
Oh get off your leather-saddled high horses and lighten up on the guy. There's nothing wrong with a Taco Tuesday joke. Leather looks and smells nice, but it is a PITA. Plus if you like corner carving, it's not particularly grippy.
Enjoyed the humorous article and have added this to my file convincing me not to upgrade my new truck interior to leather.
I would counter, however, that if we are truly worried about the environment (I’m not insinuating the author was), we should eat more bovines and hold our noses to the methane gas, as livestock grazing reduces emissions of nitrous oxide which is the bigger culprit with “global warming”.
Sorry, leather seats do not have to have any of the characteristics that you attribute to them. Mine are not hot and sticky in the summer. The are not cold and hard in the winter, and you certainly don't slide around in them.
Maybe junky, cheap leather covered seat are as you describe, better made seats are not.
Bonded leather doesn't have to be much different than vinyl. Usually bonded leather is just a resin based product, like vinyl, that has a certain amount of leather fibers in the blend.