Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Gary Stanley

If you're shopping for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you'll notice that steel wheels are offered for many vehicles and are more economical than aluminum alloy wheels. Keep in mind that price only tells part of the story. While they may be the right choice for you, be sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages of using steel wheels versus alloy wheels.

Steel Wheels

  • Meet the basic needs of drivers who want the convenience of a winter tire package without the additional cost of an alloy wheel
  • Typically available in black or silver finish depending on the application
  • Basic styling can often be updated with wheel covers
  • Cost less than alloy wheels due to ease of manufacturing and lower material costs

Since steel wheels aren't the sportiest addition to your vehicle, wheel covers will hide the wheels while enhancing your vehicle's appearance. If a good look is especially important to you, alloy wheels may be the way to go! When creating a Winter Tire & Wheel Package, why should you consider an aftermarket alloy wheel? What are the benefits of alloy wheels over steel?

Alloy Wheels 

  • Enhance the look of your vehicle
  • Are manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
  • Weigh less than steel wheels and have often have superior strength
  • May be the preferred option for your vehicle based on fitment requirements
  • Will allow for better brake clearance (depending on wheel style and brake components installed)
  • Some may require proper maintenance as finish damage may result in the harshest winter climates where salt and sand are routinely used
Steel Wheels
Steel Wheels
Sport Edition A7
Sport Edition A7


It's important to remember that alloy wheels may be the only option for your vehicle since steel wheels aren't made to fit every application. To learn more about the benefits of an alloy wheel, read "What is an Alloy Wheel?"

Comments on Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use

Friday, March 29, 2013 by ron:
hi,
i am looking for 235/16 in. 5 bolt(for 08 honda pilot) steel rim for my spare tire. i have a doughnut tire and i want to replace with full size. i also have a tire. i just need 1 rim for it.please quote me a prize with shipping please
Friday, March 29, 2013 by Gary:
Ron,

Click on the link above or use this one for pricing and availability of steel wheels for your vehicle :

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?camefrom=wtpack&affiliate=FH8
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by John Breen:
G'morning,

I am a long-time customer. I have been trying to put together a winter tire package for my 2012 Mazda Miata GT. I would like to get a set of 4 steel wheels and Blizzak snow tires for this car but I cannot seem to find a way to put that together via your Internet site. The las time I did this it was easy but this time not so much.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Gary:
We have not found any steel wheels that fit the 2012 MX-5 Miata Grand Touring, sorry. We do have some inexpensive alloy wheels available to fit it.

Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Bill:
I'm looking for a great price on a pair of 15" tires mounted onto steel wheels with a 5x4.5 bolt pattern for a small utility trailer. I could also go 13" or 14" if you had some deals. Please let me know what you have to offer and the price delivered to Washington state (98275). Thanks!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Gary:
Bill,

I'm sorry, we do not carry any steel wheels in these specs.
Friday, July 25, 2014 by Craig H:
I am looking for a set of 4 winter tires, preferably Firestone of Michelin x-ice, to fit my 2012 Nissan Maxima SV. What would you recommend? My all season tires are 245/45 R18
Monday, July 28, 2014 by Gary:
Craig,

Based on last years data, we would suggest the Michelin Xice Xi3 tires for the best snow and ice traction.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Stephen:
Definitely we should make consider the best tire for winter use...Great information on alloy wheels....
Saturday, September 6, 2014 by Ryan:
Looking for a silver set of steel snow rims for an '86 Mitsubishi Delica L300. 15"x6lugx139.7mm. Medium offset. Any fits? Thanks
Monday, September 8, 2014 by Gary:
Ryan,

I'm sorry, we do not carry any wheels with these specs.
Monday, September 8, 2014 by Chandler:
How much do 17" steel wheels weigh? They would be for a 2014 Ford Focus ST. Can you suggest a good economical wheel/tire combo for this vehicle?
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Gary:
Chandler,

I'm sorry we do not carry any steel wheels for the Focus ST. Inexpensive alloy wheels are available and can be found at the "winter" section of our site here :

www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Mike :
I'm going to buy snow tires on rims for my new CX% Mazda. Which is a better rim steel or alloy? Forget the price and look. i just want to know which is best. Thanks
Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Boris:
Any basic steel wheels for 2014 Mercedes GLK250? Thanks.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Gary:
Boris,

I'm sorry, we do not have any basic steel wheels to fit the 2014 Mercedes GLK250.

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