Wheels and Tires for the Scion iQ

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

If you visit Europe or Asia, you'll notice a wide assortment of very small microcars you never see in the United States. Conventional wisdom says that since we don't buy these types of vehicles often, many major manufacturers won't sell microcars in the U.S. So why has Toyota, builder of the steady and reliable Camry, Corolla and Sienna launched the 10-foot-long Scion iQ?

Do Toyota's executives know something we don't? Is it now hip to be small? We'll see, but I wouldn't bet against Toyota. After all, this is the same company that took Lexus from the 1989 ES250 to the $400,000 2012 LFA "halo" car and also created one the world's toughest vehicles, the indomitable Hilux. The vehicle is so tough that even Top Gear can't kill it.

Regardless if you drive one of these aforementioned vehicles, the wheels still make the car. If your iQ came equipped with a set of the steel wheels, we can improve its look. Ideally we want wheels that maintain spoke symmetry on a 4-lug wheel, flow with the car's styling and work with your iQ's body color. To view the wheel options for your iQ and see what they look like on your vehicle, visit our Upgrade Garage.

I like the bright silver Borbet BS4 especially on the black currant, black sand and pacific blue iQs. For the blizzard white, classic silver metallic and magnetic gray vehicles, I'd consider the machined with anthracite accent MSW Type 21. I'm also a fan of the new Rial Murago. The anthracite painted finish would be ideal for the hot lava, pacific blue, classic silver metallic and black sand options.

16X7 4-100 ET45 Bright Silver Borbet BS4 $152*
Bright Silver Borbet BS4
16X7  4-100 ET42  Machined With Anthracite Accent MSW Type 21 $99*
Machined with Anthracite Accent MSW Type 21 $99*
16X6.5 4-100 ET48  Anthracite Painted Rial Murago $149*
Anthracite Painted Rial Murago $149*

After selecting the wheel, what tire should you consider? The 195/55-16 Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 is a great choice for overall performance and tire efficiency. Ecopia EP422 tires combine year-round traction, handling and comfort with reduced environmental impact. The tire is designed to enhance vehicle fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance along with the vehicle's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while delivering year-round, all-season traction. It's important to note that if you're using your Original Equipment 175/60-16 tires, they are too narrow for the options listed earlier, and can only accommodate a maximum rim width of six inches. The sole compatible option if you're sticking with O.E. tires is the 16x6 Rial Flair.

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2012

Got these from The Tire Rack in January 2011 for my 2007 Cooper S R56 which had 17 OE rims. Was advised to go 16" with a reasonable price set of MSW as "Winter" Rims. I live north of Toronto in an area that gets hit regularly by snow squalls. I also travel to the Detroit area on a regular basis and need to be confident that I will get there and back regardless of the weather. The winter performace on this set up is great. The ride is also significantly smoother due to the 16". These tires make the car so much fun to drive in the winter. The OE Continental all seasons were really scary in the winter. I got stuck a couple of times with less than 4" of snow and white knuckle syndrome was the norm on snow and ice covered on highways. The Blizzaks give a great deal of confidence in the snow and ice with significantly improved stopping distance and cornering performance. Going around bends feels a bit squirmy on dry warm days. I would reccomend these to any MINI owner who needs winter tires. The advice to drop down to 16" is also recommended. Cannot comment on wear yet as I have just ended my second winter season and they still look like new. I'm guessing they will be good for another 3 seasons (approximately 25,000 to 30,000 winter miles)

MSW Rims

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Chad Hocker

MSW Rims are engineered and designed by O.Z. Racing to the top standards of modern production. Their wheels meet official regulations for the U.S. DOT and also the more stringent rules set by Germany's T.U.V (Technical Inspection Association).

MSW has added a new wheel to their line this year. The Type 23 is truly a unique design that puts a new spin on the line of wheels from MSW.

Take a look at the Type 23 and other options from MSW.



MSW Wheels
MSW Type 23 Machined w/Anthracite Accent MSW Type 16 Black w/Red Stripe MSW Type 12 Machined w/Black Accent MSW Type 15 Silver Painted
Type 23 Type 16 Type 12 Type 15

MSW Type 16 Showing  VW Sportwagen

See if the Type 23 or any other MSW wheel fits your vehicle.



Ever wonder why aftermarket wheels are so great?

Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Visually speaking, the answer to that question is fairly obvious. But there's more to an aftermarket wheel than simply the good looks. Aftermarket alloy wheels produce a number of performance benefits for your vehicle, starting with reduced unsprung weight compared to steel wheels. What is unsprung weight? Any portion of your vehicle not supported by the suspension system. Without that support, those components get hit with road shock and cornering forces. To combat that, wheels make steering precise and improve "turning in" characteristics.

Aftermarket rims are also lighter than steel rims, which helps reduce the overall weight of your car. Clearly a lighter car handles much easier than one with significant weight to it. In addition, alloy wheels are quite strong. And strong wheels support your tires in the corner.

Finally, alloy wheels are made with metals that conduct heat most excellently. Heat is moved away from the brakes, which reduces brake fade. And often, alloy wheels are designed in a way that allows air to flow away from the brakes a little easier.

Still wonder why aftermarket wheels are so great? Let's go back to that visual note. Play around in the Upgrade Garage to see what some of Tire Rack's best aftermarket wheels look like on your vehicle. You just might find yourself sold on a particular set from one of our manufacturers. A list that includes BBS, moda, MSW and more.

Looking for strength and style? Try MSW rims.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Cutting edge design meets precise manufacturing in a set of MSW rims. No matter what you drive, installing a set of MSW wheels instantly upgrades the style of your vehicle. 

Check out the MINI Cooper at left. The addition of 17" MSW Type 16 rims makes for an eye-catching, unique twist on an already impressive vehicle. Let it be known, however, that the benefits aren't purely aesthetic.

Aftermarket wheels make it really easy for you to switch out tires between seasons.

Keep your summer tires installed on your MSW wheels, then swap out the whole set for your winter / snow Tire & Wheel Package when the weather turns—doing so protects your MSW wheels from harmful salt and ice, and it also saves you time and money by cutting down the installation process.

Check out Tire Rack's complete collection of MSW wheels, or select your vehicle for a customized list. (Looking for MINI Cooper tires as well? Start here to complete a Tire & Wheel Package.)

Wheel Clearance = Affordable Wheels

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
We understand that a wheel purchase isn't always an inexpensive purchase. Though aftermarket wheel benefits are worth every penny, sticker shock still exists. So at Tire Rack, we do our best to help you out whenever possible. And right now, you can find a number of our wheels on the clearance rack.

Find wheels for snow tires. Search reputable brands like MSW Wheels and Sport Edition Wheels, Borbet rims and more. Push the savings even further by searching tire and wheel sets. With a discounted wheel, these packages are even more affordable in the long run.

Start your search by vehicle today. See how much you can save...

MSW Rims: Put the "Wheel Effect" on your Vehicle.

Monday, September 28, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
MSW rims combine strength with style. Production is overseen by O.Z. Racing engineers, which means that quality is never compromised. In the Upgrade Garage, select your vehicle to see which MSW wheels fit, then click to see what they look like.

Here's a few of Tire Rack's featured MSW wheels:

        Type 11                 Type 12                Type 16                 Type 20

See all MSW wheels.