The Laramie comes standard with the leather front bench seat, the bucket seats with console is an option. I ordered mine with the bench up front for the same reason you described. My truck is scheduled for delivery May 26th. I'll post some pics when I get it. I personally haven't seen one with the standard leather bench yet.I have been considering a Laramie diesel. My current Laramie has the fold down middle seat. I use it on occasion and I find it more comfortable than a console. Has anyone seen this or would I have to order one?