By David Thomas on February 8, 2010
By now you’ve likely seen a commercial or two for WeatherTech’s custom-fit all-weather floormat s. You know the ones. They promise the clumsy dad spilling coffee all over the floor that he’ll be saved the shame of ruining his car’s resale value. And that the soccer team can wear their muddy cleats in the minivan.
The commercials seemed too good to be true. So we went out and ordered a set to see if the WeatherTech promise of all-weather protection supremacy is really true.
The first problem we had was just getting the mats. In November I wanted to order a set for our 2005 Passat Wagon as winter approached. No luck. WeatherTech doesn’t make its DigitalFit mats for that model. After my wife and I got our new Subaru Outback on New Year’s Eve, I checked again, and WeatherTech did have mats available for it, so I ordered a set right away, on Jan. 4. A good four weeks later, they finally arrived … or about 16 inches of snow later.
At first glance, spending $159 for front and rear mats plus tax and $18 shipping (which took four weeks) seems high. But a total of $190.69 is still less than all-weather mats from the manufacturer, which typically cost $200.
But how well did they fit?
I was really happy more with the material itself than the fit of the mats in front. There were small gaps on the sides where the commercial promises a perfect fit. Luckily, the biggest gap was on the less-often-used passenger side, and the driver’s mat was tighter. However, the high-wall design will keep small pebbles and salt from getting stuck underneath, despite the imperfect fit towards the seat, which in the photo above is slid all the way back.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David