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I am having a lot of trouble choosing winter tires for my third generation Prius. I have looked at the advice given in the user's manual as well as on the tire store website but I have received contradicting information. According to the user's manual, I should use either 15" or 17" rims. According to advice from the online tire store, this Prius is to be fitted with 16" rims and tires. Also, I don't know whether I should choose 195/60 or 205/60 tires?

Last but not least - which rims are better for the winter - aluminum or steel?

Thank a lot in advance!
 

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Hi!

I am having a lot of trouble choosing winter tires for my third generation Prius. I have looked at the advice given in the user's manual as well as on the tire store website but I have received contradicting information. According to the user's manual, I should use either 15" or 17" rims. According to advice from the online tire store, this Prius is to be fitted with 16" rims and tires. Also, I don't know whether I should choose 195/60 or 205/60 tires?

Last but not least - which rims are better for the winter - aluminum or steel?

Thank a lot in advance!
Always refer to the vehicle manufacturers recommended specifications when it comes to rim and tire sizing. Whatever is listed there is all you need to know to make the best decision as it is under those specifications that your vehicle is designed to operate. Typically that information can be found in your owners manual.

Personally I've always preferred all season tires. They've usually got the most bang for their buck and their performance is like wise.

As for alloy (or aluminum) versus steel it really doesn't matter alloy is typically lighter and can improve the overall economy of the vehicle over a long period of time however it is minimal.


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