In my opinion the Acura mats look better and the fit is near perfect. Their only drawback is that they don't have as much of a "lip" as the Weathertechs and therefore won't hold as much slop. If you have to deal with a lot of snow and slush then the Weathertechs are the best for those extreme conditions. If you're like me and you just want to protect your carpet from the occasional dirty shoe, go with the Acura units.
I've got WT mats in black from Tim (the only remaining piece of my original planned MDX purchase) and one thing that's slightly annoying is the red pinstripe on the top of the lip of the mats. Just a picky thing, but in an ebony interior, I think it might stand out a little TOO much.
If I have one complaint about the WT's in front, that would be it--same as Acura mats. They are just a tad bit too narrow, especially for a weather protection mat. The rear mats are 'adjustable' (you snip to the size you want), and they run perfect IMO.
Otherwise, I've been very happy with the WT mats and cargo tray...actually, the cargo tray is a real must-have for anyone (whatever brand)--it really keeps things clean.
Maybe I wasn't clear in my post - I'm assuming the Acura winter mats are the same size as the summer mats, and I'm assuming the WeatherTech cover more space - like over the dead pedal (as it is) and under the gas pedal area. Am I wrong?
I couldn't have said it better. The mats from Acura cover the exact same amount of space that the factory carpetted ones do.
I always advise people on their mat purchase based on their locale. If you live in Arizona, the WeatherTech may be a bit of overkill....but snowy climates (like mine), the WeatherTech is the better choice. I've got them in my Honda, and I love them
Sorry MDoc, maybe I wasn't clear. The WTs certainly cover more space because they don't leave space for the dead pedal. What I was saying is even so, these mats are more narrow (I believe) in overall width than the acura mats *in front*, so there is a strip of summer mat if you place the WT over it..
But you're right, between the two, I'd prefer the mat that covers more surface area, and that's the WT mats. Again, they're perfect in the rear.
I just picked up my GG touring MDX yesterday with Acura winter mats but only have the mats for the front. Does any know if I was supposed to get the rear ones ( 2nd row) also? Does Acura make 2nd row winter mats or should I buy the WT rear mats from Tim?
I will post my impression of the MDX and buying experience after I have driven it for a few days first. All I can say for now is WOW WHAT A GREAT VEHICLE!!!
This is my first post but have been reading all for a few months while I was waiting for the MDX to come in. Thanks to all for all the information and experiences that you shared. It has been really helpfull.
I just put in the WT mats that I got from Tim last night. I chosed WT because it is available in the tan color which is a nice match with the saddle interior. The front driver side is a bit short on the left foot area where a dead peddle should have been. It also impedes flooring the gas peddle all the way down (not that you would really need to do that). The 2nd row fits perfect, it is 2 pc but able to interlock in the middle and cover from side to side. There is nothing available for the 3rd row seat so I was told. But if you get a cargo tray like we did, the 3rd row has to stay down anyway. The WT cargo tray does not have holes for the trunk hook rings to go through. It also seems to be a tag longer near the hatch end. You would really need to slam down hard to keep the hatch close.
The only other thing we wish for is that there is a cargo tray sized for the trunk when the 3rd row seat is being utilized.
We have WT mats for our Jeep for 9 years now and never to used the stock carpet mats. The WT is great for containing water, salt, sand, dirt and snow. For a messy and active family SUV, this is one of the first things we must have.
Thanks for the information. I called the dealer and he was sorry for the error and told me to come by any time to pick up the 2nd row winter mat. Since the dealer is only a few miles from me and I pass him on the way to work, no big deal.
The Acura winter mats fit perfectly and match the design on the rear bumper but I can see why people in heavy snow country go for the WT mats with the deeper grooves to hold the slop.