The Prius c Looks Better with New Wheels

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it comes to saving energy and protecting the environment, many want to do their part. Drivers would jump at the opportunity to drive an efficient, low-emissions hybrid like the Toyota Prius that would also help them save at the pump. However, many of us do not want to pay the price for this vehicle that can exceed $20,000. With the launch of the 2012 Toyota Prius c, purchasing this vehicle just got much easier!

The one thing you may want to change on your Prius c is the wheels. Prius c One, Two and Three come with 15" steel wheels and hubcaps. Has drabness from those plain wheel covers caused your eyes to wander over to our Upgrade Garage? Unfortunately, the 175/65-15 Original Equipment Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 won't accommodate any wheels wider than 6". So if you're going to change wheels, then upgrade to 16" wheels and a 195/50-16 (Prius c Four factory option size) tire.

What wheel would be the best option for this new vehicle? It's all about your preference and what you're looking for from a set of wheels. There are many good choices to consider, but if you have the red or black sand Prius, I'd take a look at the machined with black accent Protocol from Verde.

 

16X7   4-100/108 ET40 Machined With Black Accent Verde Protocol $104*
Machined with Black Accent Verde Protocol $104*
195/50-16 Ultra  High Performance All-Season Ecsta 4X $85*
Kumho Ecsta 4X $85*

 

2012 Toyota Prius c FAQ:

  1. How much does the Tire & Wheel Package including the Verde Protocal and Kumho Ecsta 4X cost? It's currently available for a price of $756*.
     
  2. Won't running larger wheels and tires increase rotational weight and rolling resistance, therefore hurting fuel economy? Yes, there are some negative effects to the increased size. You can mitigate this by experimenting with air pressures of 42 psi in the front and 40 psi in the rear (that's 7 psi above the factory recommended air pressure of 35 front and 33 rear). For most drivers, this will provide a good balance of fuel economy, treadwear, steering response and ride.
     
  3. Can I re-use my current TPMS sensors? Yes, a shop can transfer your O.E. TPMS  sensors.
     
  4. What other options do I have besides the 195/50-16 size mentioned? 185/60-15, 185/65-15, 185/70-14 and 175/70-14 are all compatible, however you still must consider the tire width versus rim width as you make your choice.

*Prices subject to change

 

Comments on The Prius c Looks Better with New Wheels

Saturday, November 10, 2012 by abie:
Hi,I have 195/55/16 tyres on my Prius and tyres needs replacement,but the 205/55/16 much cheaper.Will the 205's increase my fuel consumption and performance.Please tell me the pros and cons between the 2 sizes
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by cy:
More manufacturers are making 195/55-16 so 195/55-16 pricing isn't problematic - the Continental Procontact is $109 in 195/55-16 & $119 in 205/55-16. If you wanted to run 205/55-16 anyways, we would predict that your fuel economy will decrease due to the wider tire's increased rolling resistance, poorer aerodynamics from the vehicle sitting higher.

This higher center of gravity would hurt cornering stability and how the car behaves in transitions like lane changes so there is little benefit to running 205/55-16 on your 2nd Generation Prius.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Paul:
I have a 2014 Prius plug-in but nothing is listed for that year yet. Can I use 16" Enkei Performance Falcon listed for 2013 Prius plug-in?

Also, do you have Toyota OE TPMS sensors for Prius (I like to keep two set of tires)?
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by cy:
Paul,
We haven’t had a 2014 Prius Plug-In here to test fit but the preliminary information we have from Toyota is that 2013 and 2014 wheel fitment should be the same.

So I would recommend ordering the wheels listed for the 2013 as a “custom fit.” A custom fit is size or part that you can test fit but not drive on. If it turns out the part is not compatible then within 30 days you can call us and request an RA# to return for credit less freight.

We do have OE Toyota TPMS sensors, once you select a wheel, the sensors will appear as an optional item.

Thanks.
Cy

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