You might not know it, but there are numerous differences between molded car liners and OEM mats. Molded mats have more unique qualities to them including how they fit, what they are made out of, and how they are developed. Husky specializes in the custom “feel” this new era of interior reinforcement is known for.
Like regular mats, molded liners cover the interior carpet or floor inside of a vehicle. They also provide protection against common occurrences that can take place such as spills and wet shoes. But they are different from other types of auto floor mats in how they are designed. Molded liners, depending on the vehicle, are usually longer and wider than a standard mat. In turn, they cover a larger amount of area rather than simply the immediate floor. This design allows Husky molded liners to wrap the floor from one side of a seat space to the other. For some vehicles in the backseat, the liners take up the entire space on the floor as opposed to right behind the driver’s side and passenger side seats.
Fitting them into your vehicle is also different. These types of liners are made to fit specifically to each type of car or truck. Because they are molded, the fit has to be precise. Vehicles differ a lot from each other in how the flooring is laid out. In some cars, for instance, the floor can be flat in one area but have several curves in another. Trucks can also have unique floor dimensions due to how spacious a cab is. Sometimes, the space in front of a driver’s side seat has a steep incline near the left footrest. In another truck, that footrest might not be there. Custom liners are manufactured to account for this deviation among vehicles. Fitting them in is not hard, but it is not as simple as just throwing down a set of floor mats, either. You have to be sure they are matched up to the perimeter of an area and use your vehicle’s fasteners correctly (if applicable).
An important aspect to fitment is what they are made out of. Husky makes their liners out of a rubberized thermoplastic material that is unique in several ways. Since it has a rubber base, they are flexible and sturdy. But where they are different from generic rubber flooring is in the amount of stiffness. While they do have a good amount of flexibility, they will not bend in half very easily. There has to be a level of rigidity or else they will not provide the kind of accurate fit they are designed for. It is this attribute that makes them a liner and not just a floor mat.
Since anything molded is designed for a precise fit, Husky’s manufacturing process has an air of exclusivity. Husky uses software for each new vehicle they are going to design liners for. What they do next is apply a laser scanner to the interior of the car, truck, or SUV to gather data on the exact size of the flooring as well as render a digital image of it. This step is what enables the brand to produce molded mats for each type of vehicle that provide an accurate fit. Along with the actual material used, this is the most important step, since for the liners to work correctly they have to fit perfectly.
As you can tell, molded car liners are, in a word, different. Many drivers choose them because of the amount of coverage they are responsible for, especially for new car owners who do not want to damage the floor in their vehicles. In some cases, you can keep your factory mats even if you purchase molded car liners. You can place your mats right over the liner in some cases. However, this is not recommended to do for the driver’s side because of potential interference with your pedal foot.