Floor Mats & Liners Ford Transit | Review & Comparison

Last Updated: January 4, 2022

Floor Mats & Liners Ford Transit | Review & Comparison

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Floor mats and liners add protection to the Ford Transit factory floor and prevent permanent damage from spills, excess moisture, mud and snow. We’re proud owners and floor mats help maintain the aesthetical appeal and resale value of our van, so we consider them an investment rather than an expense. As we’re writing these lines, we just took possession of our second Transit van and we’re on the hunt for the best floor mats to keep our van like new (better sooner than later!). Keep reading to find out which one we tried and preferred 🙂

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Our new Ford Transit 2021 (AWD, EcoBoost), the reason why we’re shopping for new floor mats 🙂

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1- Contenders


After researching online forums and discussion groups, we decided to review and compare the most popular and well reviewed brands: Husky, WeatherTech, Smartliner, and Ford’s OEM:

Husky Liners
Husky Floor Mats Liners Ford Transit (3 of 4)
Husky liners installed on Ford Transit carpet floor.
MODELBUY LINK
Vinyl, Medium & Large console, One-pieceAmazon
Carpet, Medium & Large console, One-pieceAmazon
WeatherTech Liners
WeatherTech Liners Mats Ford Transit (passenger)
WeatherTech liners installed Ford Transit vinyl floor.
MODELBUY LINK
Vinyl, Medium & Large console, Two-pieceAmazon
Carpet, Medium & Large console, Two-pieceAmazon
Vinyl, Medium Console, One-piece Amazon
Smartliner
SmartLiner Mats for Ford Transit (passenger)
WeatherTech liners installed Ford Transit vinyl floor.
MODELBUY LINK
Vinyl, Medium console, One-pieceAmazon
Vinyl, Medium & Large console, Two-pieceAmazon
Ford OEM
Ford OEM Liners Mats for Ford Transit (passenger)
Ford Transit OEM floor liners.
MODELBUY LINK
For carpet flooring, but works with vinyleBay (or order them from your local Ford dealer)

2- Floor Mats & Liners Benefits


First things first: are floor mats and liners worth it? Here are a few things we can think of:

Excess Moisture
  • Source: rain, snow, beverage spill.
  • Damage: Excess moisture and liquid can accumulate in the body and create electrical and mechanical damage. It can also promote microorganism.
Stain
  • Source: mud, drink, food, etc.
  • Damage: Aesthetical (especially with carpet flooring)
Salt
  • Source: road salt (more/less severe depending on your region)
  • Damage: Aesthetical (it creates rock-hard agglomerations in carpet) and corrosion (if it infiltrates the body)

In short, floor mats & liners keep your vehicle in good mechanical and aesthetical condition, and help maintain the resale value as well. Therefore we think they’re a good investment and it’s one of the first upgrade we did in our new Ford Transit!


3- Mats vs Liners Difference


OK there’s a bit of confusion about mat vs liner terminology, let’s clear that up!

Floor Liners

Floor liners are custom molded to fit tightly every curve, corner and contour of the floor. They are produced from a digital scan of the floor, and therefore only fit the vehicle model they are intended for. As a result, their tight fit prevent them from moving and completely protect the floor.

Floor Mats

Floor mats are usually not custom molded and often fit several car models. As a result, the fitting and protection is not as good as floor liners.

Now that it’s out of the way, we use both terms liberally in this article and we honestly don’t really make a distinction between the two!


4- Decision-Making Factors and Review


4.1- Floor Type


The Ford Transit comes either with vinyl or carpet flooring, and it’s important to choose floor mats that matches the flooring type.

Carpet Flooring

Floor mats and liners intended for carpet flooring normally feature small “hooks” that grip into the factory carpet, keeping them in place.

Vinyl Flooring

Floor mats and liners intended for vinyl flooring might, or not, feature a retention device to keep them in place. Retention device or not, the custom tight fit of floor liner is generally enough to keep them in place!

Husky (Carpet)

The Husky liner has been installed in our Ford Transit van since 2016 and has excellent grip on the carpet floor. We never have to relocate it. No issues here!

Husky Liners Mats for Ford Transit (carpet hook grip)
WeatherTech (Vinyl)

The WeatherTech liners come with a retention device that has to be stick to the Transit vinyl factory floor (see installation instructions), so they’re not going anywhere.

WeatherTech-Tech-Grip-II-B-(for-vinyl-floor)
SmartLiner (Vinyl)

The SmartLiner for vinyl do not come with a retention device. Of all the mats we tested, they were the one moving around the most and felt a bit out of place.

SmartLiner Mats for Ford Transit (fit curves driver)
Ford OEM

The Ford OEM mats are made for carpet flooring and have retention device cutouts, however we found that they work really well with vinyl flooring too (vinyl flooring has no pins for the retention device, see below for our little hack).

Ford OEM Liners Mats for Ford Transit (driver)

Ford OEM Mats with Vinyl Flooring

The vinyl flooring in the Transit has not built-in floor mat retainer, so here is a little hack we did to plug the holes in the Ford OEM floor mats:

1- Get Floor Mat Retainers
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Floor mat retainer (P/N: W715120-SSA)
2- Trim Flush
W715120-SSA-Floor-Mat-Retainer-Ford (Trimmed)
We used a carpenter knife (hold the retainer with pliers, not with your bare hands! Very easy to cut yourself otherwise).
3- Snap them on!
W715120-SSA-Floor-Mat-Retainer-Ford (installed)
They just snap right in 🙂

4.2- One vs Two-Piece Design


Floor mats and liners generally come either in a one-piece or two-piece design.

One-Piece Floor Mats

One-piece design covers the center “hump” of the Ford Transit, and as a result offers more protection. The drawback is that a one-piece mat is much harder to remove because it’s so cumbersome, so you might have to vacuum first before removing it from the van (otherwise dirt falls on the factory floor).

Two-Piece Floor Mats

Two-piece design does not cover the center “hump” of the Transit (with the exception of the Ford OEM mats!), and as a result offers less protection. On the upside, they’re much easier to remove and clean.

Husky (Carpet)

The one-piece design is indeed harder to remove, so we find ourselves not cleaning it as often as we’d like. Removing the mat generally means we have to vacuum it first.

Husky Floor Mats Liners Ford Transit (1 of 4)
WeatherTech (Vinyl)

The two-piece design make them easy to remove without spilling debris on the floor. The WeatherTech are quite rigid, but fortunately it doesn’t prevent them from being easy to remove.

WeatherTech Liners Mats for Ford Transit (close up)
SmartLiner (Vinyl)

The Smartliner 2-piece design are very similar to the Weathertech. They are quite rigid, but still easy to remove without spilling dirt and dust around.

SmartLiner Mats for Ford Transit (overview cabin)
Ford OEM

The two-piece design with a flap that extends over the center hump is what set them apart. You get the best of both worlds: excellent protection AND easy to remove!

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4.3- Fit


A good fit means better protection and look. Please note that the fit out-of-the box is not great for most models, but might get better after the material is given some time to “relax” (especially under the influence of heat).

Husky (Carpet)

Our Husky floor mat has perfect fit (contour and form); it follows the Ford Transit factory floor contour tightly and does not overhang over the door access. The center hump coverage is excellent.

Husky Floor Mats Liners Ford Transit (4 of 4)
WeatherTech (Vinyl)

This is where the WeatherTech let us down. They conform pretty good to the humps and bumps of the floor, but they overhang over the door access, making it easy to catch a foot when getting into the van. This could get annoying.

WeatherTech Liners Mats for Ford Transit (driver side fit overhand)
SmartLiner (Vinyl)

The Smartliner contour is really good, but of all the mats we tested, its got the worst fit over the shape of the floor:

SmartLiner Mats for Ford Transit (fit contour)
Excellent contour.
SmartLiner Mats for Ford Transit (fit curves driver)
Fit is not great over the humps and bumps of the factory floor.
Ford OEM

The Ford OEM liners have perfect fit over the contour and over the humps and bumps of the factory floor:

Ford OEM Liners Mats for Ford Transit (contour driver)
Excellent contour.
Ford OEM Liners Mats for Ford Transit (driver)
Excellent fit over the humps and bumps of the factory floor.

4.4- Material


We don’t know the exact material composition for each models, but let’s focus about what we care: the rigidity and feel of the mats. We prefer mats and liners with a “rubbery” feel (over hard “plastic” feel), but with some “core” to support themselves. Too soft will make it hard to contain dirt during removal; too rigid will affect the fit (doesn’t conform as well with floor curves).

Husky (Carpet)

In our opinion our Husky mat has a good balance between rubbery vs plastic feel (it leans more toward the former). As a result it conform pretty well to the floor curves.

WeatherTech (Vinyl)

The WeatherTech is definitely more on the “hard plastic” feel. It’s very rigid, and therefore it does not conform as well to the floor contour and curves.

SmartLiner (Vinyl)

The Smartliner are very similar to the Weathertech. They are very rigid, but they don’t conform to the floor curves as well as the Weathertech.

Ford OEM

Of all the liners we tried, the Ford OEM are those who felt the heavier and more rubbery, while still having a good core. We like that a lot!

4.5- Look


In our opinion, all the contenders in this review are looking good! Nothing to say here 🙂

4.6- Easy to clean


The Husky, Weathertech and Smartliner are all doing equally good in that department. But with its tightly spaced ribs, the Ford OEM mat will most likely need a pressure washer to get the stuff out of there.

4.7- Cost


At the time of writing this, all options listed in this review were within roughly $30 from each others, so we don’t consider the cost a determining factor. However if budget is a priority, the Smartliner are the less expensive.

4.8- Durability


Husky (Carpet)

We had the Husky mats since 2016 and they still look pretty much like day 1 (except they’re a bit more dirty!). No complains here!

WeatherTech (Vinyl)

We only tried them for this review, so unfortunately we don’t have long term data. However, we definitely think they would pass the test of time.

SmartLiner (Vinyl)

We only tried them for this review, so unfortunately we don’t have long term data. However, we definitely think they would pass the test of time.

Ford OEM

These are the liners we kept for our 2021 Transit following this review, so it’s still too soon to tell. We will update this in a few years!


5- Summary and Conclusion


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Floor mats comparison table

Floor Mats In Ranking Order


1- Ford OEM

Best performance overall in our humble opinion. These are the one we’re keeping in our new Ford Transit 2021!

MODELBUY LINK
AlleBay
Ford OEM Liners Mats for Ford Transit (driver)

2- Husky

These are the one we have in our Ford Transit 2016 and we’re 100% happy with them.

MODELBUY LINK
Vinyl, Medium & Large console, One-pieceAmazon
Carpet, Medium & Large console, One-pieceAmazon
Husky Floor Mats Liners Ford Transit (4 of 4)

3- Weathertech

The contour is what prevented them on ranking better.

MODELBUY LINK
Vinyl, Medium & Large console, Two-pieceAmazon
Carpet, Medium & Large console, Two-pieceAmazon
Vinyl, Medium Console, One-piece Amazon
WeatherTech Liners Mats for Ford Transit (driver side fit overhand)

4- Smartliner

The curve fit over the humps and bumps is what made them rank so low. Still a good budget buy though.

MODELBUY LINK
Vinyl, Medium console, One-pieceAmazon
Vinyl, Medium & Large console, Two-pieceAmazon
SmartLiner Mats for Ford Transit (fit curves driver)

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2 thoughts on “Floor Mats & Liners Ford Transit | Review & Comparison”

  1. Thanks so much for doing this. Was wanting more information about the OEM mats. There were very few photos or reviews of them online. I ended up getting the Husky ones but was very tempted to get the OEM ones!

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    • As long as you don’t mind the hole cutouts on the OEM mats (which you can plug with tape if you don’t have the carpet floor. We’re about to order floor Ford’s pins & clips, we’ll report back when we install them), they’re great!

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