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Which Cargo Liner Material is Right for Me: Vinyl vs. Rubber

BY Thomas S.

No one wants to spend their weekend cleaning the cargo area after a particularly bumpy trip home from the grocery store. Installing a cargo liner helps your investment maintain its value over the years, and will save you the pain that comes with having to mop up spills and other messes.

Now that you’ve made the easy choice, here comes the big one – which type is right for you? Rubber or vinyl? These two exceptional types of covers stand head and shoulders above the competition, making them the clear choice for your ride. Designed with grooved channels or raised edges to keep liquid contained, these top-of-the-line liners can be cleaned with water or wiped to remove caked-on dirt and then left to dry.

In this article, we hope to make your shopping experience even easier by comparing and contrasting the benefits of rubber and vinyl cargo liners. Read on, so you can make the most informed purchase decision possible.


Exceedingly durable rubber cargo liners provide a plethora of benefits. Often manufactured from heavyweight composition rubber and specially engineered to stay flexible in both extremely hot and freezing temperatures, these liners offer the benefits of a softer material. They come in a variety of designs, some of which utilize built-in depressions or beveled borders to contain spilled liquids, dirt and other debris. Plus, riveted backing helps keep the liner in place.

As an added bonus, rubber liners are easy to clean with just about any cleaning agent. If this option sounds like the last piece of your protection puzzle, might we suggest Husky Liners Cargo Liners or ProZ FLEXOMATS Cargo Liners. If you want to keep looking, feel free to browse our entire selection of cargo mats and trunk liners.


Liquid-resistant vinyl liners provide the flexible, odor-free protection you’ve been looking for. Made from flexible PVC, they allow you to showcase your unique style because color additives can be mixed with vinyl. Shock- and sound-absorbent, products like the 3D Maxpider Kagu Cargo Liner, Intro-Tech Automotive Protect-A-Mat Clear Cargo Liners and ExactMats Clear Cargo Liners are available at the click of a mouse.

Now that you have a better idea of the benefits of both rubber and vinyl cargo liners, it should be easier to determine which type is right for you. Which one did you end up choosing? Let us know and leave a comment below!

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