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Toyota Prius Tire/Wheel Questions



  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    Thank you for the update... I called my dealer and he "supposedly" ordered center caps for my Prius IV... but I was never called to tell me they were in. When I checked back I was told there were no caps available for the Prius IV only the Prius V.

    I will check with your source and order them today, thank you.
  • louigilouigi Posts: 3
    I've had my 2010 V for five months and have had to replace three tires at about $300 each. The low profile Toyo tire hit a chuck hole in the street and the impact ruined the tire and dented the wheel. Another time a curb hit creamed another tire. The latest damage which resulted in a slow leak found a screw puncturing the sidewall. They said they couldn't fix it.
    I'm considering going to a 15 inch wheel if there's a tire that could offer more balloon protection. These little tires hit something and they don't absorb enough of the impact.
    I can't believe I'm the only one with this problem, but maybe they were just freak accidents and won't happen again. I do think that the holes in the streets here in Denver, if they don't get fixed will once again extract damage.
  • It must be nice to have $$ to burn. Low profile tires are inherently accident prone while standard tires run 70-80 $$$ and serve all practical purposes. I acerage 40-43 K miles per set of tires and have a total of 141,000 miles on my '04 Prius. Ican't understand spending so much $$$ on tires that fail to deliver on miles and have excessive cost. Penny wise pound foolish. ;)
  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    Sorry to hear of your difficulties... I have the Prius IV as I wanted the solar roof panel (very helpful in Las Vegas), but have always been envious of the 17" wheels. I would prefer to run my 15" without the plastic covers... but you cannot buy center caps for the 15" for some odd reason.

    Did the pot hole damage the 17" wheel such that you had to replace it? I had that happen on a Nissan Maxima I owned previously... stupid expensive to replace an aluminum wheel for a small pothole... but that is what we had to do.

    Just curious of the 17" on the Prius are any more hardy...
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,741
    The lower the profile on the tire, the more susceptible they are to damaging the tires and/or wheels on "road irregularities". Add in the harsher ride and I'm not sure I see the attraction. It's a pretty high price just for looks.

    The weirdest low-pro incident I ever witness was a guy pulling into a local gas station. The curb at the driveway entrance wasn't very flush and stuck up a little over an inch. The guy really whipped his car into the driveway going faster than he should have been - which I'm sure contributed to what happened - and as his front wheels met the step in the surface, both front tires blew.

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  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    I guess my next most logical question is... do you have a choice on which tire you run on your 17" rims? Can you run a tire that is not so "low" profile?

    Is there physically room for a taller tire or is the tire size limited due to the physical space available??
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,741
    Well you want to keep the same overall diameter of the tire/wheel combo unless you like having your speedometer and odometer thrown off. And even then, if you run larger wheels and put a not-so-low profile tire on, you could run into clearance issue in the wheel wells.

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  • czsloopyczsloopy Posts: 3
    I opted for the 17' rims instead of the top pkg. (solar/moon roof/etc.) I wanted a smoother ride and in the high desert area with hills, that is what I opted for. I travel 125 miles average per day for a local newspaper and I go through extreme hot to extreme wet and cold/snow all within one year! My car originally came with TOYO tires. Since I put on that much mileage every year, I had to replace my tires after 1 1/2 years with a tire I am not happy with! They are down to the last tread and am just asking for some input!

    Which tire should I get????

    Thanks in advance for any help!
    I need my tires yesterday!

  • I have a 2009 Prius with original Goodyear Integrity tires. I have 32,000 miles on them and will probably replace them in the next 2-3000 miles. They have worn well. I am looking to replace them with another Goodyear tire ( a Goodyear store advised me against the Fuel Max Assurance and said the Integrity was better for Prius) and the Bridgestone Ecopia EP 442. Ahyone have any history with these or suggestions?
  • I still have the original tires on my 2005 Prius but I've moved to Colorado and want to get all season tires. The dealer says they carry in stock goodyear integrity tires but he recommends yokama avid TRZ ones. Does anyone have an opinion on either of these?

  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I put Nokian eNTYREs on my '06 Prius last fall to replace the OEMs. I've had them for about a year now and I'm pretty happy with them.
  • aghoshaghosh Posts: 21
    I am looking to replace my 2010 Prius II tires with these. My preference is 70% comfort and 30% handling, assuming they are mutually exclusive. Any thoughts on these as all season tires?
  • 63pro63pro Posts: 15
    I am curious as to why you want to go with something else other than OEM tires. I, too, have a 2010 with close to 40K on the tires and plan to go with OEMs within the next month. What kind of mileage are on your current tires? I get great gas mileage and the tires have performed well in the snow, so I guess I don't want to upset the apple cart.
  • aghoshaghosh Posts: 21
    edited October 2011
    Thanks for your reply.

    Reasons for ditching the OEM tires:

    Do not like the noise level-Michelins promise to be more quiet. And, I have had good luck with Michelins in the past, and yes, I agree they tend to be pricey. I have about 20K on the current set.
    Finally I am getting about 44-54 mpg.
  • Michelin Primacy MXV4 sport . . . This is what I finally bought! They are the BEST tires I ever bought! Ride is excellent, low profile is awesome and thread is perfect! I drive avg. 125 a day and I am so glad I spent the money for these tires! Thanks forum for all your help!
    I did not want to blow integrity of MPGs with sun roof etc., In Las Vegas, NV. So I went with 17' rims and a smoother ride!
  • aghoshaghosh Posts: 21
    Thanks for your glowing recommendation.

    One thing though-I would have opted for the sun roof if I was in Las Vegas. The sunroof keeps the interior cool all day long using solar energy when parked in the hot sun. FWIW, I do not have the sun roof.
  • We specifically went for the Prius IV with the solar sunroof for that very reason.

    It works exceptionally well and while I would not claim that it keeps the interior "cool" it does ventilate the interior and keep it from getting any hotter than it is outside... rather than the 160+ degrees on the interior of a normal car parked in the sun during a las vegas summer day.

    We live in Henderson, NV a small community on the south side of Las Vegas.
  • aghoshaghosh Posts: 21
    I finally put on the Michelin MXV4 and I agree with you-very nice blend of comfort (noise) and handling.
  • Yes--I had the same experience. The OEM tires wore out VERY quickly, less than 30k. I replaced them with a set of Goodyears, alleged to be comparable, but saw a drop in mileage. They got me to 71k, and that was pushing it, even with Nitrogen in the tires. Now I am running Toyo Versado ECO tires, which are Low Rolling Resistance (LRR) and seem much quieter. They are a new LRR tire, OEM on the Prius v, so I figure they have to be pretty well matched to the car. Plus they just feel right, so I have high hopes.
    If you keep an eye on your tire pressure, and do the rotations every 5000 miles, you should be able to get 40k plus.
  • Recently replaced my Goodyears with Toyo Versado Eco tires. They are a new low rolling resistance (LRR) tire that is OEM on the Prius v. So far (4100 miles) I am liking them. Mileage seems to be about the same, but they are noticeably quieter than the Goodyears. Here is some info:
  • I went to Big O. I was going to purchase a set of the wing-tread sports tires that I once had on an Eclipse. However, Big O offered me a set of their 90,000 mile tires. I have had no problems with them, other than a flat after the first year on a rough rock road access to a wilderness area. Big O replaced the tire without charge. I lost a few miles per gallon in efficiency going to an all-season tire, but traction has been quite effective for mountain driving. The ABS gives a nudge in a snowstorm on acceleration from a stop. However, overall road traction has always been good. I do avoid Forest Service roads with steep grades covered in ice. There are limits to traction with a front-wheel-drive, low-clearance vehicle.
  • Big O was always good from a warranty point of view; I know they used to replace tires from "road hazards" even when they were worn, and they may still do that. I'd be surprised about 90,000 miles though, in fact, I'd be amazed. On a Prius, you get wear upon acceleration, and wear upon breaking (with regen cycle), so tires are subjected to more forces and different forces than most cars. I too saw what seemed like an unusual number of flat tires--I had three one summer--but that may have been just the luck of the draw. But the original tires really did seem to be prone to picking up screws and nails. No flats yet on my new tires (Toyo)...knock on wood.
  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    Just put a set of Michelin Energy Saver A/S on my 2010 Prius IV after 40K with OEM Yokohama Avid S33D's. Handling much improved and mpg's are up slightly but will probably get better. My final two tire choices were both Michelins, the A/s and MV4. I went with the A/S after dong a CBA and the savings on gas was the difference. If things continue as they have, for the first couple of hundred miles, I believe I made the right choice.
  • saz25saz25 Posts: 152
    I just bought a new Prius about 3 months ago. We live in the northeast, thus about to start winter/snow season.

    Should we consider snow tires? How does the Prius handle in the snow with and without snow tires?

    Thanks in advance for your comments.
  • Similarly, I have struggled with your issue in the Colorado mountains. I felt that the factory-issued tires were inadequate for winter traction. I have no place to store an extra set of tires and do not want to lose too much fuel efficiency. Therefore, I bought all-season tires. I lost 10 percent fuel efficiency, but gained a bit on traction. I simply drive 45 to 55 miles an hour on snow and ice to maintain good traction. Also, I do not attempt climbing Forest Serivce roads in winter.

    I have friends who endorse the Michelin X-Ice tires. eased-by-consumer-reports.html
  • Do any of you folks have experience with the new Michelin Defender tires?

    Is there a difference in the fuel effeciency?

    What about handling, ride, or noise?

  • exit56exit56 Posts: 9
    Going to get a set today at Costco ($70 coupon in effect until Wednesday).

    Did you ever get yours? Happy with them?
  • I still have not replaced mine.

    I was looking at them a few days ago right after we had some "freezing" rain that caused about 200 accidents in one rush hour morning.

    Mine are still serviceable, but the time for replacement is certainly getting close so any information you can provide would certainly be appreciated!!!

    Thank you
  • 63pro63pro Posts: 15
    I bought my 2010 Prius new because of one big thing--MPG. I couldn't be more pleased. I took off the wheel covers, changed to synthetic oil and consistently get over 55 per gal. I don't think the wheel covers have any bearing on mpg, but I do think I have noticed 1 to 2 mpg increase because of the oil. Oil changes are now at 10K instead of 5K on reg. oil. This is done with Toyota's blessing. I originally had OEM Yokohamas which did fine, but had to replace at about 40K. I didn't want to upset my mpg applecart, so I bought the same Yokos from Tire Rack. Now, nearing 70K, I think I am getting near to buying another set of tires. I thought I would go Yokos again because my mileage has been so good, I just didn't want to mess with anything that would cause my mileage to go down. However, I am kind of falling in love the the Michelin Defender XT Tire that also claims low resistance and has a 90K warranty. The tire is realtively new as I understand it, but have any of you had any experience with this tire? They will be on sale this coming month and that would put these tires in the same price range as a new set of Yokos. I live in Ohio and am retired, so in really bad weather I just stay home. However, the Yokos did fine in the snow as long as I drove like an old man and I'm OK with that. Any comments would be most welcome.
    Thanks, :)
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 855
    You are going to take a hit in fuel economy if you change from the Yoko's.

    "LRR" is a relative term and it means relative to other tires with the same treadwear and traction levels. The Michelin Defender has a very very high treadwear rating - and while it will be better for fuel economy (maybe a lot, maybe a little) than other tires with high treadwear ratings, it will not match the Yokohama's for fuel economy.
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