How to Make Your SUV Vegan

Being vegan isn’t just about what you eat – it’ s a lifestyle. That includes the car you drive.

But buying a $50,000+ SUV with a vegan interior isn’t an option for the majority of people.

So what can you do if you already own an SUV but want to be vegan-friendly?

There are still things you can do to reduce your use of animal products in your vehicle, especially if your SUV has some wear and tear on it.

Below are three things you can do to make your SUV more vegan.

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Add Vegan Seat Covers

Are your seats showing some wear or need replacement and you have leather seats?


Or do your seat covers need replacing in your vehicle?

One of the easiest steps you can take to be more animal-friendly is to make the switch to vegan seat covers and upholstery.

Newer vegan products are durable, have the texture and plushness of leather without all the toxic chemicals and animal cruelty.

Change the Steering Wheel Cover

Another way to veganize your SUV interior is to replace your steering wheel cover with vegan leather.

Several companies offer quality faux-leather steering wheel covers. There’s also the option to have a cork steering wheel cover.

Opt For Vegan Tires

Car tires are typically made with animal fats in the form of stearic acid added in with the rubber.

But did you know that tire manufacturers now offer vegan tires?

Michelin, one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, actually offers a large range of vegan tire varieties.

Which SUVs Are More Vegan-Friendly Than Others?

Some SUVs are more friendly than others with respect to converting into a vegan-friendly interior.

Here’s a list from PETA of SUV models that are easier to veganize:

  • Chevy Equinox (L, LS & LT)
  • Chevy Traverse (L & LS)
  • Honda CR-V (LX & EX)
  • Honda HR-V (LX & EX)
  • Honda Pilot (LX & EX)

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  • Hyundai Palisade (SE)
  • Hyundai Santa FE (SE & SL)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL (SE)
  • Hyundai Tucson (except for Limited, Night, and Ultimate)
  • Kia Niro
  • Kia Sorento
  • Nissan Kicks
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Subaru Ascent (base model)
  • Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i
  • Subaru Forester (base model)
  • Subaru Outback (base model)
  • Tesla Model X (seats only)
  • Toyota 4Runner (except for the Limited and Nightshade)
  • Toyota Sequoia (except for the TRD Pro, Limited, and Platinum)
  • Volkswagen Atlas S
  • Volkswagen Tiguan S

The vehicles on the list above feature leather-free options for the seats, the gearshift, and the steering wheel. Or they can be more easily customized to achieve a vegan interior.

Please check with the manufacturer directly for your specific situation as models can vary and in some cases, other components of a car are made of animal-derived materials.

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More Vegan SUV Options

Vehicles are increasingly striving for not using any fossil fuels or animal products to operate. These include new carbon fiber bodies, bamboo interiors, and walnut interiors.

Of course, the easiest way to have a vegan SUV is to purchase a new electric SUV. Electric motors do not use oil or gas, and Tesla has already gone leather-free across all models.

The Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque are gas or diesel-powered models that offer all-vegan interiors as an option. Mercedes-Benz also offers its excellent MB-tex material in its SUV models.

And vegan interiors aren’t just being offered on luxury models. The 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx edition has vegan water-repellent seats made from recycled materials.

Whichever way you go, making your SUV vegan may soon be a reality.

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