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Hi all,
First time post here, I just got my PP last Saturday.

So, I have looked through the forums regarding the Honda vs. WeatherTech liner for the rear cargo area. I thought I'd ask the question from a slightly different perspective.

Disclaimer: I realize that neither of these options are foolproof.
I do some wildlife photography, and thus can have some pretty expensive camera gear in the car. I came from a sedan as my previous car so I was used to being able to hide that stuff away in the trunk. Luckily, much of the gear fits in the cargo space below the rear cargo floor panel. So, in looking at the Honda liner, I wondered if it being so perfect was a potential pitfall. If you open the rear you can see that there is a latch for opening the compartment, as well as the crease where that panel folds. The WeatherTech option, I think, would negate both of those things. My question is, does the WeatherTech option make accessing the compartment super difficult. I wonder how pliable it is, etc.

So I'm interested in thoughts from people with some experience with either of these, but especially if you have the WeatherTech one.

Thanks in advance!
 

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I never thought about covering the latch as a plus, but you’re right, better security. I have no experience with the weathertech on the PP but have had cargo liners on SUVs that weren’t made to bend where the compartment opens, and it was friggin annoying. So my advice is just make sure the weather tech is designed to fold where you need it, because with the PP folding compartment opening you would just end up with this giant firm cargo liner you have to like hold up with one hand to get to the bottom.

It’s not as bad with an SUV where the compartment is just one big thing, because you don’t have to fold it and just lift it all up, but if you need a liner to fold, I’ve yet to see one that could easily be folded back if it wasn’t designed to do so.
 

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If you lift both the Weathertech mat and the cargo cover at the same time to expose the larger cargo area there is an attached strap with hook that you can use to hold up the cargo cover and mat. Of course, if you want to only open the small back area flap, the strap does you no good.
 

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Weathertech will provide a solid no skid surface and better spill protection. The Honda liner will provide some protection, allow access to the handle to the lower compartment and fold as designed. If you are in and out more often to the lower compartment, then go w/ the Honda. You could also use/add the cargo area cover, out of sight out of mind.
With my tint and cover deployed, nothing is visible, If someone wants what's there, they are breaking in. Then there's a different scenario all together.
 
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I stopped by the WeatherTech showroom, talked with them about the fold, they just missed it. I went with Honda’s for that reason, add a few large strips of velcro to eliminate any sliding. You can use a large black flat sheet to cover your cargo. You won’t be restricted with the height that way.
 

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I have one from Max Liner. Similar to WeatherTech in quality and design but more affordable. No fold and it has never been an issue. Easy to lift up to get to the storage area. I keep two large tripods and a couple tools in my long under floor storage bin, and emergency supplies in the others. I also haul a lot of camera gear around, and use a cargo cover with gaps around the seat sealed with filler items or black cloth. I try never to leave the car for long with anything more than the tripods in there.
 

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I purchased the Weather Tech liner for a 2019 PP earlier this year. While there is no "fold" for access the storage compartment, it is easy enough to lift up to access it. I keep my hitch ball and other stuff for my boat in there and just recently had to access it to get the hitch, etc out. It was easy enough.
 
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