Aug 3, 2020 update to the Toyota Tundra project car

Toyota Tundra: Are WeatherTech Floor Mats Really as Good as Promised?

Floor mats are usually an afterthought. They’re a punchline to a bad joke about car salesmen or shady buy-here/pay-here lots. But that’s because we may not be giving floor mats enough credit for enhancing the value proposition of a vehicle.

That’s especially true is more utilitarian vehicles, like trucks. About the only time we drive our 2010 Toyota Tundra is when we’re putting it in a situation where it’s likely to pick up some additional crud–like paddock dirt because we didn’t arrive early enough to park our trailer on the pavement or general ickyness from the dump during a run to drop off a load of remodeling debris.

And modern, more luxury-based trucks routinely come with mats that are as plush as any Lincoln or Cadillac, which practically hug the dirt and keep it forever. We wanted a set of more durable floor coverings to protect our Tundra’s interior and make cleanup easier, but we also didn’t want to turn the cabin into an inhospitable, industrial dystopia.

The solution was a set of WeatherTech FloorLiners. These form-fitted, stiff yet pliable mats are built using laser scans of various interiors, meaning the fit is excruciatingly precise. 

That precise fit is actually more important than we realized. When we first took them out of the box, we’ll admit to being a little underwhelmed by the construction of the $189 set of mats. The design and manufacturing seemed top-notch, but the material–while rugged–seemed a bit thin. We worried that the mats would feel flimsy and flexible under our feet.

But that insanely precise fit gives them a structure within the vehicle that makes them feel like an integral part of the floor. They practically snap into place in the cabin, and once settled, feel akin to walking on a bamboo floor over concrete. 

When you feel the bamboo at the hardware store, it doesn’t feel like much. But laid over a properly prepped floor, it becomes part of a system that’s far more substantial than the sum of its parts.

The FloorLiners grip the carpet to create a liquid-proof containment system for spills and dirt. The rear mat is particularly deep, possible even able to hold as much liquid as the ample cup holders of the Tundra itself. If your entire crew decides to spill their drinks at once, you should be in good shape. Cleanup is as easy as popping them out and hosing them off.

Once in place, the form-fitting liners are pliable enough to be comfortable, but durable enough to be impenetrable protective barriers. It’s a tough line to walk, but WeatherTech has managed.

And that is seemingly the secret to WeatherTech mats and liners. They answer a question that you didn’t fully realize you had and take very seriously an accessory that is usually an afterthought. Although they are priced at a premium compared to discount store cut-to-fit rubber inserts, until you experience a set for yourself, you don’t even realize what you were missing. 

We’re impressed with the WeatherTech liners, and perhaps even more impressed that the humble floor mat deserves a spot on the list of accessories that can really improve a vehicle’s usefulness when properly designed and constructed.

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Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
8/3/20 4:24 p.m.

I like their stuff.  I like the solid rubber mats.  
 

The man is a genius and I'm impressed by the products.   The factory is near me and is impressive.  

Olemiss540
Olemiss540 Reader
8/3/20 5:06 p.m.

And they (he) are (is) helluva supporters of our hobby while continuing US production.....

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
8/3/20 7:48 p.m.

No lie, I read back through this and it hardly communicates my doubts going into this that floor mats were something that actually mattered. But they really do seem to have the better mousetrap here. A month ago I would never dream of spending close to $200 for floor mats. Now I've got orders for all my cars in my shopping cart at their website.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) UberDork
8/3/20 8:06 p.m.

I've never felt able to justify the cost, but never doubted their quality or value. You're making me consider a set for wife's Mazda 5.

As soon as I get driving my WRX I'll get to experience living with the set that came with the car.

buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
8/3/20 8:34 p.m.

I put a set in the e36/5 last year. Worth every penny. Fitment feels factory and they keep my sand(I live at the beach[sometimes]) out of my carpet. And a month ago, did a great job with the quart of baked beans I spilled on the floor.

Olemiss540
Olemiss540 Reader
8/3/20 9:04 p.m.

Cool story time. When I sold my e39m5 on BAT this year, David bought it. Himself. Cool car guy and the biggest car collector I will ever talk to on the phone. 

Buy the damn mats already. My wife's 5k Escalade has some nice ass mats now.

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/3/20 9:37 p.m.

I think i've bought them for two cars. They are pricey but not compared to a nice car, and not even close to what it takes to make a not-nice car nice again after you screw it up. I also really appreciate where I find their ad and sponsorship dollars popping up. 

Unrelated to Weathertech floormats but I've also taken up buying custom-fit windshield sunshades for basically anything i care about at ~$40 a pop. I think i own 6 of them. 

spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
8/3/20 9:49 p.m.

My parents SWEAR by them, living in greater Chicago and dealing with proper winter.. they go to their facility and buy them direct... they went and bought me a AJR 911 GT3R T shirt for christmas from the retail store.

 

NoviceClass
NoviceClass New Reader
8/4/20 12:46 a.m.

Bought a set of WeatherTech for my last truck and really liked them. They were stiffer than I had imagined they would be, and never seemed to relax enough to completely form fit to everything, there were always some gaps.

When I bought a newer truck I wound up buying Husky X-Act Contour mats, mainly because there was an in-stock rear mat for my crew cab that extended all the way under the rear seat. Really like the Husky as well, and they seem to be slightly more rubberier than the WeatherTech, which helps them to fit a bit better.

pilotbraden
pilotbraden UltraDork
8/4/20 2:59 a.m.

I don't have them  but I have spent a lot of time over the past 9 or 10 years in an X5 equipped with them.  They do fit very well.  We put the muddy  duck hunting dog,  waders,  decoys etc in it. They hold many pounds of mud,sand, silt and general nastiness.  Hose it out and it looks as if it is new. If I ever own a car that has carpet I will likely get some. 

RedGT
RedGT Dork
8/4/20 8:02 a.m.

I just picked up a set of everything for my new-to-me daily.

Rear/hatch mat? Excellent.

Rear floor mats?  Excellent.

Front floor mats?  Seem to not really tuck in and settle down around the edges as nice as i would like.  Hard to tell if the edge is supposed to go over the factory door sill like the tundra pic above (but it's not as big of an overlap), or maybe slightly tuck under it?  The interface is weird.  I'll probably use the front pair for winter only, and maybe they will settle in after some time in the car.

Window Shades/Vents?  Great clean design, but they create more resistance than the auto-up window feature is OK with, so it kicks back to halfway down.  Need to look into this more because I LOVE the auto-up and use it often, can't justify disabling that for some vent shades.

Jerry
Jerry UberDork
8/4/20 8:12 a.m.

If my Crosstrek hadn't come with the Subaru all-weather rubber floor mats as one of the only options (that and the rear seat back protectors), I would have probably gone with WT mats.  It's mostly a winter duty vehicle for me and they made perfect sense, especially for a car bought with 9 miles on it.

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
8/4/20 8:17 a.m.

For me those rubber mats aren't so much a weather thing as a durability thing.  I wore through the factor floormat in my Veloster in <15k miles.  I have done the same in many other cars :(

 

D2W
D2W Dork
8/4/20 8:38 a.m.

Many years ago the wife and I were driving home from visiting relatives in my truck. I had been given a set for my birthday. She wasn't feeling well, and about halfway home puked on the floor. The stench was terrible, but the mat caught it all. I pulled over, pulled it out careful not to spill my tray of vomit. dumped it out and washed it in a creek beside the road. In minutes I was back on the highway no worse for wear.

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
8/4/20 9:06 a.m.

Their mats look good, but that cup holder phone holder adapter they seem to think is best thing ever made seems pretty silly, and frankly a bad idea. 
 

Most all cup holders I have seen in cars are well out of the line of sight and generally between the seats (as they should be). Phones beg to be looked at and if you are putting it in a holder you are almost certainly going to be looking at it. The holder seems to encourages bad behavior and is slightly dangerous as far as I can tell.
 

 I suspect you are far better not putting it in a holder (holding it up when you need to look), and certainly much better off just  getting a proper holder that is much closer to your line of sight when driving.

RossD
RossD MegaDork
8/4/20 9:07 a.m.

I buy them for my daily drivers. But that made me want to order a brand new vehicle with all the luxuries but with a vinyl floor. No carpet!

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
8/4/20 10:16 a.m.

I  have these mats for  a couple of our cars, love them for winter, hate them for summer. But, I just don't like rubbery slippery things under my feet when driving.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
8/4/20 11:15 a.m.

Tried to get them for my Porsche and they did not make them for the car.  

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/4/20 11:52 a.m.

they work great in our 2010 Odyssey.  mama thought i was nuts for spending that much on a set of winter mats, until using them that first winter. the carpeted mats haven't gone back in since.  

Nate Moddes
Nate Moddes New Reader
8/4/20 1:29 p.m.

I've ordered them for a NC Miata and a 18 Mazda 3. Very fast shipping as well. Had one warranty issue with the clip in mats on just one mat and they sent me out 2 new front mats no questions asked.

When I see them in a used car as a good sign, if they can spring for the cost of the mats they've kept up on the maintenance.

SVreX (Forum Supporter)
SVreX (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/4/20 1:40 p.m.

This is the Weathertech mat in my truck. 2012 F-150 with 155,000 miles on it. I get in and out 8 or 10 times a day every day on construction sites with mud, dirt, concrete, and debris on my boots. I usually let the crap pile up about an inch thick- I just cleaned these a few days ago. 
 

 

Underneath?  Jet black carpet looks like new. The ONLY thing I did was lift out the mat.  
 


 

Nuff said?

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
8/4/20 6:39 p.m.

Weathertech products in all three “regular” cars that I have.  Love their product, and they are a good customer of my employer to boot.  Win-win, I’d say.

Mark Underwood
Mark Underwood None
8/4/20 7:17 p.m.

I would get some if they made them for a NB miata

Mark Underwood
Mark Underwood New Reader
8/4/20 7:17 p.m.

I would get some if they made them for a NB miata

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/4/20 7:28 p.m.

I'm like SVreX... I bought them the day i purchased my work van.  165,000 miles later still going strong.  Years ago I talked to MacNeil about making the van ones have lips to go up around the doghouse, etc.  No luck.  I guess the van market is not big on their radar.

We have them in the wife's CRV.  Really nice at Smuggs in the winter of '19, even better at Steamboat this year. yes

 

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/4/20 10:56 p.m.

Regarding the earlier comment about seeing such mats in a car you're looking at buying, these arent Weathertech (we cut them out of some material we scrounged) but i do think these mats and the pics of the nice factory mats and spotless carpet underneath helped me sell my mom's old Integra for tip top dollar. 

stylngle2003
stylngle2003 Reader
8/5/20 5:27 a.m.
RedGT said:

I just picked up a set of everything for my new-to-me daily.

Rear/hatch mat? Excellent.

Rear floor mats?  Excellent.

Front floor mats?  Seem to not really tuck in and settle down around the edges as nice as i would like.  Hard to tell if the edge is supposed to go over the factory door sill like the tundra pic above (but it's not as big of an overlap), or maybe slightly tuck under it?  The interface is weird.  I'll probably use the front pair for winter only, and maybe they will settle in after some time in the car.

Window Shades/Vents?  Great clean design, but they create more resistance than the auto-up window feature is OK with, so it kicks back to halfway down.  Need to look into this more because I LOVE the auto-up and use it often, can't justify disabling that for some vent shades.

NoviceClass said:

Bought a set of WeatherTech for my last truck and really liked them. They were stiffer than I had imagined they would be, and never seemed to relax enough to completely form fit to everything, there were always some gaps.

When I bought a newer truck I wound up buying Husky X-Act Contour mats, mainly because there was an in-stock rear mat for my crew cab that extended all the way under the rear seat. Really like the Husky as well, and they seem to be slightly more rubberier than the WeatherTech, which helps them to fit a bit better.

I agree with both of you here.  My Tahoe has a set of the weathertech liners.  The rear two are amazing.  The fronts have gaps where they interface with the kick panels.  Weathertech support initially told me to leave them in the sun for the afternoon, which I did (this was ~3 years ago), but they didn't relax much at all.  Oh well, they stay put and protect the carpet from beach sand, pollen-y feet and kiddo muddy shoes, so they're a win in my book.

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
8/5/20 7:17 a.m.

We have Weathertechs in the Expedition and Huskys in the Fusion. For whatever reason, Weathertech's design for the Fusion doesn't cover as much area as the Husky does. Generally I like Weathertech better, but in this case I went the other way.

Placemotorsports
Placemotorsports Reader
8/5/20 7:20 a.m.

I have the generic version I got off Amazon for 2 of our cars.  They aren't as thick and heavy duty as the Weathertechs but they are about $80 cheaper.  Maxliner is the brand and fitment is very good

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
8/5/20 8:26 a.m.

I am typically annoyed by driver mats. The F0RS I'm picking up next week has weathertechs included. Interested to see if I can live with the driver mat. Cool to have them everywhere else regardless.

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/5/20 9:43 a.m.

If you just leave a car in the sun in the summer here the interior will eventually reach 135-140 degrees, but i would also consider trying a heat lamp if you're trying to get the the mats to relax onto the floorboard. 

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
8/5/20 10:03 a.m.

I made the investment for my recently purchased Dodge Grand Caravan that will be kid-infested and they have been great.  

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
8/5/20 10:12 a.m.

In reply to Vigo (Forum Supporter) :

When selling my 155,000 mile 5-speed Accord LX I detailed it and put in a brand new set of WT mats AND I bought new clutch/brake pad covers.

A $75 investment as I believe perception goes a long way when selling used cars in your driveway.  

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
9/9/20 8:38 a.m.

Does anyone have recommendations for floormats that don't go way up the sides/behind the pedals/etc?  I'm looking for a robust floormat (to resist my shoes wearing through it) that is the same dimensions as my factory floormat.  All the weathertech options seem to be gigantic.

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
9/9/20 10:25 a.m.

I have them in the kid mobile. The great thing about buying them for one subaru CUV is that they'll likely fit almost every other Subaru out there. We bought them in 2014 for a new Forester and they've been in that, a 2016 FXT, and now a 2019 Crosstrek. They are great at containing the kids messiness. 

Unfortunately they don't make products for all of my vehicles. Like literally anything I drive they don't have. Luckily when I bought my Sequoia the previous owner had install some Husky mats in it when he first bought it in 2001. The carpets still look factory fresh under everything. 20 year old rubber mats that have taken a beating and keep all the mud and dirt off the carpet. 

It also leads to a great question. Why is carpet a standard in a car? What's the benefit? Can't we get sound deadening and insulation under a rubber/vinyl surface that's infinitely easier to clean? 

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
9/9/20 10:26 a.m.
ProDarwin said:

Does anyone have recommendations for floormats that don't go way up the sides/behind the pedals/etc?  I'm looking for a robust floormat (to resist my shoes wearing through it) that is the same dimensions as my factory floormat.  All the weathertech options seem to be gigantic.

Make some yourself. There are none out there that I know of. 

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
9/9/20 10:56 a.m.
DirtyBird222 said:

It also leads to a great question. Why is carpet a standard in a car? What's the benefit?

Why do houses have carpet?

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