It wasn’t long ago that pickups came from the factory with vinyl floor covering or simply nothing at all. As time marched on and trucks shifted from farm duty to luxury commuter vehicles, vinyl was relegated to base models while carpet took over as the flooring of choice. Even as carpet has become popular, trucks are still the pinnacle of work and play. And being that facilitator of hard work and adventurous play means that trucks get dirty. While not the sexiest thing we can add to our trucks, some sort of floor protection has become a necessity.
Floor mats provide a valuable service, from providing a clean environment to protecting resale value. Believe it or not, floor mats remain an option on many new trucks. And there’s no guarantee that if you get mats they’ll be any good. Fortunately, WeatherTech has you covered. Using a high-tech laser measuring system, WeatherTech produces among the best-fitting floor mats and liners on the market today.
Since our truck sees dirt often, we opted for the ultimate in carpet protection, WeatherTech’s floor liners. These liners cover more area than standard mats and provide quick and easy cleanup. The liners have a rigid core for strength, built-in channels and reservoir to trap liquid, and a non-slip surface for your feet to ride on. The liners cost between $60 and $300 per set, depending on vehicle size and options. Follow along as we take a look at some of the features and benefits of these awesome floor liners!
| Whatever junk your boots can track in, WeatherTech floor liners keep it contained and out of the carpet. WeatherTech laser-measures each vehicle to ensure a perfect fit and produces the liners from advanced Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), which is virtually odorless, contains no harmful PVCs, and is 100 percent recyclable.
| So what’s the difference between a floor liner and a floor mat? Liners are a three-dimensional, tray-type floor covering with walls that go up the front, back, and side of the floor, while floor mats are two-dimensional and cover only the floor.
| WeatherTech utilizes factory mounting locations whenever possible. Most late-model vehicles have a floor-mat retention system built in to the driver-side floor to prevent mats from interfering with the brake or accelerator pedals. Our 2013 Ford F-150 utilizes a snap-type retention method, while others may have a post, hook, or hook-and-loop.
For the passenger side, when factory-provided mounting isn’t available, WeatherTech gives a solution. The Ford floor liners we installed use the same snap-style mount as the driver side along with a pair of cleats. These cleats press into place using a screwdriver or similar tool, as using a hand will result in lacerations.
| Not only do the floor liners protect the carpet from crud getting tracked in but in most cases they help protect the doorsills from scuffs as well. Cleaning the liners is as simple as hosing them off. Got an extra-dirty mess to clean up? No problem, a brush and mild soap will have them looking new again.
| Some liners may require minor trimming to fit around factory options, as was the case with our rear seat. For truck models equipped with the optional subwoofer, a guide was provided to show where to cut. If cutting is required, doing so will not void the liner’s lifetime warranty, but trimming to fit around non-factory options will.
| Most WeatherTech rear seat liners are what they call “over-the-hump,” which simply means the liner is a single piece. For trucks with a transmission-tunnel hump, the liner will conform to the shape and straddle it; for flat floors, they will lay flat.
Not Just For Floors
While we’re likely all familiar with WeatherTech’s floor liners, what most people don’t realize is the company offers many other products. Its lineup also includes cargo mats, bug deflectors, side-window rain guards, mud flaps, seat covers, bumper steps, and even detailing products. However, the product we found most intriguing was the line of sunshades.
We’ve all seen the generic windshield shades that our parents bought at the carwash, fought with a few times, and tossed in a corner. Taking this idea to the next level, WeatherTech offers a line of precision-measured sunshades that cover not only the windshield but all of the vehicle’s windows. The shades are dual purpose, with a reflective side for hot days and a black side for cold. They also provide the added security of keeping prying eyes out of your personal business.
The sunshades cost between $50 and $150 per set, depending on cab size and configuration, and there’s an optional storage bag available as well.
| When ordering the WeatherTech sunshades, you can opt for just the windshield or the full set. We went with the full set for our SuperCrew F-150, and it included the windshield (not pictured), all four sides, and the rear window. It’s worth noting that full sets aren’t available for all vehicles yet.
| Printed across the bottom of each panel is a part number and the location that the shade fits. In this case, this shade fits the passenger-side front window.
| While it’s easy to tell which way to orient the front-window covers, the rears can be a bit tricky. Thankfully, the shades also feature an arrow that shows which way is up. Also seen here is the sewn-in loop used to remove the shade from the window.
| Since the shades are precision-measured, they fit each window perfectly. When installing the shades on windows other than the windshield, they will slip slightly behind the window trim, which provides a secure fit with no gaps.
| With the side shades installed, the sun is completely blocked from entering the cab of the vehicle, keeping it cooler in the summer heat. Flipping to the black side will raise the cabin temperature, which is ideal when temperatures are at or below freezing.
| Because of its size and rigidity, the windshield shade can be a bit tricky to get into place. Once it is, though, it works so much better than the flimsy shades of old. These sunshades feature a sturdy foam core, which provides that rigidity.