Complete Your Corolla with the Right Set of Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although Prius and Camry sales continue to climb, Toyota may still be best known for its reliable, economical and affordable Corolla. Not only did the Corolla put Toyota on the map, it still reigns as one the world's best-selling cars.

Have you joined the many with a new Corolla in your garage? Your Corolla has been engineered for durability and dependability, however snowy and icy conditions will challenge your all-season tires. No worries, a set of dedicated winter / snow tires is all you need to keep your Corolla steadfast and dependable in winter's harshest conditions.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

The Corolla is shod with 195/65R15 (L Trim Level) or 205/55R16 (LE and S Trim) tires as Original Equipment sizes. As covered in "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?", the relatively lightweight Corolla will benefit from a skinnier size.

When should you run a narrower size and how narrow should you go? Going to a narrower tire is especially helpful if you drive in deep snow. For example, Green Bay, Wisconsin averages 53.9" snow per year; if you're a Corolla driver in this area, narrower 185/65R15 tires are better at cutting through moderate and deep snow. At 24.5" in overall diameter, the 185/65R15 is about 1/2" smaller. This negligible difference in ground clearance and speedometer error (2% error) is trumped by the ability of the narrower tires to cut through snow.

For areas at a higher risk of ice storms and less of seeing deep snow, 195/65R15 is best. 195/65R15 is 25" in overall diameter, which is the same as the Original Equipment. This size offers a better balance for a winter weather mix of ice, wet roads and an occasional snowstorm. If you're a Corolla owner who resides somewhere like Cincinnati, Ohio (average snowfall of 22.1"), stay with 195/65R15.

"Green Bay" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

With the Corolla XRS phased out, all Corolla trim levels are tuned for a balance of ride comfort and safe handling. The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70's packed-snow and glare-ice grip provide the ultimate safety in the worst conditions. Therefore, the optimum winter package including this tire is the 185/65R15 option on black painted steel wheels at $576* (excludes TPMS sensors) plus shipping.

185/65-15 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 $88*
185/65R15 Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $56*
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel
Wheel


"Cincinnati" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

The ideal "Cincinnati" Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package is the 195/65R15 Blizzak WS70 on black painted steel wheels at $600* (excludes TPMS sensors) plus shipping.

195/65-15 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 $94
195/65R15 Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $56*
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel
Wheel


*Prices subject to change

Comments on Complete Your Corolla with the Right Set of Winter / Snow Tires

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Clive:
My is 2014 Corolla S, I am in Vancouver, BC. What snow tires for this and price?
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by cy:
Clive, given Vancouver's mix of high average rainfall coupled with a relatively low average snow fall, I'd look at Continental ExtremeWinterContact for its combination of great snow traction and good wet grip, see specific data on our head-to-head comparison test here:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/chartDisplayWinter.jsp?ttid=180&affiliate=HK8

As for specific sizing, please check your current tires to see if you have 205/55-16 or 215/45-17 as Original Equipment. The ExtremeWinterContact is made in both sizes as well as in 195/65-15 if you’re getting a Winter Wheel & Tire package. See these options here:

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/WinterPackageMain.jsp?autoMake=Toyota&autoModel=Corolla&autoModClar=S&autoYear=2014&affiliate=HK8

Thanks and be safe.

Cy
Friday, November 14, 2014 by linda:
in the hermiston, oregon area 2007 corolla... keep hearing that we don't get much snow but this morning the roads are icey with some packed snow....what would you suggest
Friday, November 21, 2014 by kam:
We just snow tires on - Altimax Arctic 185/65R15 on our Corolla and the tire pressure light came on; as far as I know we did not purchase tire censors - is this why the light is on?

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