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Weathertech vs. Tuxmat Review
I bought a set of Weathertech floor mats for the wife's Mazda3 and was all ready to buy another set for the Q50. I took another look at the Tuxmats and decided to get them instead. I've installed them both and these are my observations.
Cost for 1st and 2nd row set:
Weathertech - $180
Tuxmat - $210
Materials of Construction:
Weathertech - High Density Tri-Extruded plastic. These are a single layer design that is fairly rigid.
Tuxmat - These have a three-layer construction. The top layer is PVC. The middle layer is ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) which is basically a foam rubber-like material with enduring vertical structure and pliability. The bottom layer is anti-skid cloth.
Both constructions are waterproof. The three-layer Tuxmat will provide better sound insulation though. The Tuxmats are more flexible but once either are in place, I think that's immaterial. The Tuxmats have a rubberized heel pad on the driver's mat and have more pronounced anti-skid ridges than the Weathertech mats.
Fit and Finish
Weathertech - Excellent fit with no creasing or extraneous material. No interference with pedals. The front mats have snap-on fittings for the retention posts.
Tuxmat - Excellent fit with no creasing or extraneous material. The front mats do not have snap-on fittings for the retention posts. The driver side mat has a retention hook that has to be located properly and inserted into the carpet. The mat snaps onto the hook and you turn the hook's tab to lock the mat in place. Tuxmat also supplies clips and Velcro to use to secure edges, if necessary.
The biggest difference between the two is that the Tuxmats cover more vertical surface around the edges than the Weathertechs do. The Tuxmats also look better IMHO with their stitch-finished edges and texturing. When I installed the Tuxmats in the 2nd row, it first appeared that they were too tall on the rear seat side but I figured out that the material was to be tucked in under the rear seat and it fit fine. The Tuxmats simply cover more than the Weathertechs do and look better doing so. I only used one clip to secure a portion of the driver's mat so it would lay flush on the console side.
Avedis' Pick: Tuxmat FTW! Yes, they are more expensive and either mat will be vastly superior to the OEM POS all-season floor mats that Infiniti sells. However, from an appearance, fit and coverage standpoint, I have to say that the Tuxmats are superior to the Weathertechs. They get the Avedis Seal of Approval.
2018 Q50 RS 400 AWD - Graphite Shadow - Sensory Package (Sport) - ProACTIVE Package - Continental DWS 06 A/S tires - BMS JB4 w/BT Rev.3 Connect Kit - Mishimoto OCC - XPEL Ultimate Protective Paint Film - Color-matched rear deck spoiler - PrecisionLED interior light kit - Tuxmats - StrongArm trunk lifts - Escort 360c radar detector w/Blendmount & MirrorTap - Vantrue N2 Pro dashcam