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
$152*
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

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