Finding the Best Floor Mats

May 26, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Most cars on the market today will come with standard floor mats, but that doesn't mean they will be of high quality. Depending on the model, you may end up with cheap floor mats that wear out quickly or are a challenge to clean. Save yourself the trouble and take the time to replace the mats with higher-quality alternatives that can protect the interior of your car. When making your purchase, find the right mat that improves the look of your vehicle and meets your budget.

Types

Before you start looking at floor mats, you will need to figure out the type you want. Budget-friendly models are often carpeted floor mats. These are best for lighter use since they are much harder to clean, requiring vacuuming and shampooing. The other option is rubber, which is typically a better option. Rubber floor mats will prevent moisture from reaching the floor of your vehicle and are much easier to clean. However, the rubber will heat up in the sun more than carpet and may not be as aesthetically pleasing.

All-Weather Mats

Unless you live in a very mild climate without much rain, snow, mud, dust, or sand, you will probably want to consider buying all-weather floor mats. These are made of sturdy materials and are designed to keep the floor of your vehicle clean in all weather conditions. The best mats will be designed for heavy use and are easy to remove for cleaning.

The Proper Fit

No matter what type of vehicle you have, you shouldn't have an issue finding a floor mat that fits your vehicle correctly. If it is too big, it may get in the way while driving or flip up on the side, letting dirt or other material underneath. Floor mats that are too small will leave gaps that are exposed to your shoes and elements. You will get the best protection from a covering that was designed for your particular vehicle. In most cases, this will mean buying it directly from your automaker's accessory line, but third parties also manufacture mats intended for specific models. Just keep in mind that getting a perfect fit will cost more. However, with the proper fit, the mat will blend seamlessly with your floor and provide complete protection.

Picking the Style

If you are willing to pay a little extra, you can select a material that matches your car or complements its interior. Opt for a mat that is the same color as the interior that makes it barely noticeable. Or show off your style with something fun or the logo of your favorite automaker. If, for example, you drive a luxury sports car, you can invest in branded floor mats that accentuate the exterior badging. Don't stick with the cheapest mats from the dealer. Finding the right fit will keep your vehicle clean and stylish.

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