My kid loves Forester. Or at least it feels so to me. So much there is sand and dirt on the second row floor. Specially center hump seems to work as an dirt magnet.
I try to keep car clean inside out and outside in. Sometimes it tends to be difficult. Not because task itself is difficult. Only finding time for that cleaning task is difficult.
I often end-up hoovering dirt away. Odd thing is that there is time to time small rocks also under driver’s floor mat. How in earth I manage to put those there? Would there be a better solution?
After all, answer is not that complicated. There is floor mats but then there is floor liners. I need floor liners.
Floor mats vs floor liners
Subaru has floor mats, either in carpet or rubber, which prevents most of the dirt. Floor mats are, well, mats. Whereas floor liners has high edges to keep all dirt on the mat (and preventing dirt to go under mat). And later on it is easy to take liners away and do few magical swings to shake dirt off.
That was good news. Bad news are that Subaru does not sell floor liners. So I need to head after aftermarket accessories. Small research reveals that there is two major brands in this business. WeatherTech and Husky Liners.
Both are American manufacturers and have a good reputation, what comes to the their product quality. I found dozens and dozens of reviews both of these from Youtube. There is some differences between these products. In materials and how they look. Husky has more products in this category. E.g. rubber feel in one of their products. I.e. it is more softer than WeatherTech’s alternative. On the other hand WeatherTech has more color choices. I ended up to order from WeatherTech (not a paid commercial). Their product was bit better looking to my eyes. As if it would matter. And in fact it did.
Why regular floor mars are not enough
Basic mats certainly does what they are designed to do. Depending of your personal preferences you might want better protection for the car. E-Boxer is somewhat pricey car, so protecting it with better floor mats (or liners) is not a bad idea. Besides, dirty car is bit like dirty underwear. Better to keep boxers clean!
Better protection means less hoovering too. That is a clear benefit also. Particularly on second row floor, where is no protection at center hump with genuine Subaru mats. WeatherTech floor liner on second row is made from one piece, so it will cover also center hump tunnel as seen photo below.
Floor liners prices
These are not cheap products. Floor liners costs roughly 180€ (including shipping) and Subaru genuine mats 70€. So the price difference is big. In my opinion price is justified as these are bit different products too. Although the ultimate purpose is same, protect your precious car.
Ordering from USA
Ordering process had some dilemmas but finally I managed to do it. Registering to WeatherTech USA site is not possible as they require local address from USA. Then they have WeatherTech Europe site but that is not updated with 5th generation Forester products. So you are not able select right floor liners to the shopping cart.
Via email I got contact with them and discussed needed details. Once everything was agreed, quickly I received email from FedEx, floor liners are coming. Dirt, prepare for defeat!
Shipment from USA arrived
It took week to get floor liners from the States to Finland. I think it was quick. Kid’s birthday present from China traveled two months. He got Plants vs. Zombies mini figures. Couldn’t be happier of those!
But happy I am too, since package is finally here and ready to test my purchase. I opened packet quickly. New floor liners looked very good indeed!
Then to the car, I removed old mats and hoovered to ensure that everything is clean. Fit is perfect, great! Old saying that picture tells more than thousand words seems to be justified here. Look at this difference! Here it is easy to see which one is old floor mat and which is new floor liner. There is so much more protection on the new liner.
Does it work in practice
I am very happy of this purchase. Just makes me wonder why Subaru does not offer these. Now dirt, sand and small rocks stays away from there where those does not belong. One minor thing to mention. As the material seems to be bit harder, compared to rubber, it makes bit sound when stepping on it by foot. Not big sound but something that I noticed. Could be at least good to be aware of it, if you are considering WeatherTech floor liners. Other than that, one of the best investments for little time.