Winter / Snow Tires to Get Your Odyssey Home

Friday, December 16, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
With the holidays right around the corner, many families are getting ready to hit the road. Many will be doing so in their new 2011 Honda Odyssey. If you're in snow country, part of good vehicle preparation for the cold months is outfitting your Odyssey with a set of dedicated winter / snow tires.

The main reason for purchasing winter tires is they help you stop better and quicker. Take a look at two separate tests we conducted to see how a set of tires dedicated for the winter months can help you stop approximately 53% better on ice and 66% better in snow. After you review the data and determine purchasing a set of snow tires is in your best interest, review the options in the Studless Ice and Snow category to receive optimum ice and snow grip.

Snow Tire Size

Depending on your trim level you either have 235/65-17 or 235/60-18 sized tires. Both sizes will work well in snow as the 235 mm width is an appropriate match for the Odyssey's weight. A 235 mm width is narrow enough for deeper snow, but wide enough for packed snow, ice and dry roads. 

235/65-17 is better than 235/60-18 because the additional half inch sidewall slows down steering inputs, which helps the driver to bend and not jerk the steering wheel. Smooth inputs means smooth transitions of grip front-to-back and side-to-side, resulting in better control.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

In my opinion, the ideal Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package would be the 235/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 on a 17x7.5 42 mm offset Silver Machined w/ Ice Coating Elbrus I05 wheel.


235/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-1
235/65-17 Bridgestone
Blizzak DM-V1
17x7.5 42mm offset Silver Machined W/Ice Coating Elbrus I05
17x7.5 42mm offset Silver Machined
w/Ice Coating Elbrus I05

2011 Honda Odyssey Winter FAQ:

1. Will the 16" steel or alloy wheels from my old Odyssey work on the 2011 Odyssey?

No, unfortunately they won't clear the brakes.

2. Why are you recommending the Blizzak DM-V1 instead of the Blizzak WS70?

The Blizzak DM-V1 and Blizzak WS70 are both great choices, but the Blizzak DM-V1 is little better match for the Odyssey, in my opinion. Both use Bridgestone's Tube Multicell compound for amazing ice grip, but the WS70's tread pattern has more void (space between the tread blocks).

Blizzak DMV-1 Tread Pattern
Blizzak DM-V1 Tread Pattern
Blizzak WS-70 Tread Pattern
Blizzak WS-70 Tread Pattern

More void means less rubber on the road for ice and snow grip. This larger void area is helpful in expelling water and slush. With a heavier vehicle (the Odyssey weighs 4,337 lbs.) it's better to have more rubber on the ground because the vehicle's weight makes it intrinsically resistant to hydroplaning.

Comments on Winter / Snow Tires to Get Your Odyssey Home

Saturday, December 22, 2012 by Roger Holland:
Can I put 225/60's on my 2012 Odyssey instead of 235/65's?
Monday, December 24, 2012 by cy:
At 27.6" in diameter 225/60-17 is too short compared to 235/65-17 (29")so I wouldn't recommend it.

Cy
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Chris Harding:
Hello, Can I run 235/60R16 snow tires on my '09 Odyssey which runs on 235/65R16's the rest of the year? Thanks
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by cy:
Chris, 235/60-16’s aren’t ideal because their 27.1” overall diameter puts them .9” smaller in overall diameter compared to the 28” 235/65-16’s. 235/60-16 does meet the vehicle’s minimum Load Carrying capacity requirements. Thanks. Cy.
Friday, January 31, 2014 by Howie:
Hi, will a 235/65R18 fit a 2008 Honda Odyssey?
Monday, February 3, 2014 by cy:
Howie, 235/65-18 (30” overall diameter) is 2” larger in diameter then your Original Equipment 235/65-16 and taller than any size we’ve test fit on a 3rd Generation Odyssey so I wouldn’t recommend it. Aside from the risk of rubbing, the large overall diameter will raise the vehicle’s center of gravity making less stable in an accident-avoidance maneuver. If you still want to run 235/65-18, I recommend getting anecdotal feedback from other 3rd Generation Odyssey owners at one the Odyssey owners’ sites we sponsor. Thanks. Cy.
Monday, March 31, 2014 by Odyssey_experience:
From my experience driving on gravel, I strongly prefer General Grabber AT2 (original size) all year round on my Honda Odyssey.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Mike:
For my 2010 Honda Odyssey EX, the tire retailers in town recc a 235/65 16 - would a 17 fit on this? Would a 17 be better than a 16 for dedicated winter use? Thanks.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by cy:
Mike,
Your 2010 3rd Generation Odyssey EX comes with 235/65-16 tires on 16" wheels as original equipment so stay with 235/65-16.
The 17" tire listed above for the 4th Generation Odyssey won't fit on your 16" wheels.
235/65-16 and 235/60-17 would have comparable snow traction but 235/65-16 gives you a subtle edge in winter handling because it slightly slows your steering input helping you be smooth in the snow.
Thanks. Cy.
Monday, October 13, 2014 by alex:
Hello,

Could I run a set of 225/65-17 on a 2013 odyssey? Looks like it's only a .5" difference in diameter from stock.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by cy:
Alex, 225/65-17 is also compatible. It's a good size for drivers more apt to see deeper snow frequently. Thanks. Cy
Monday, November 17, 2014 by tony:
hi
would I be able to use 225/70r16 on my 2005 Honda
thank you
Thursday, November 27, 2014 by Geoff:
Hello,
First timer on here... so here it goes..

Cy,

Can I run 235-65-17 BFG Winter Slalom KSI's on my 2007 Odyssey EX-L? (current tire Yoko TRZ's 235-65-16) And can I run the same BFG's on a 2012-2013 Odyssey EX-L or Touring model if needed?

Thanks,
Saturday, November 29, 2014 by Patrice:
I just bought a 2011 Touring odyssey, which came with 235/60/R18 all seasons. I want to buy snows and I have liked both Blizzaks and Nokia Hakkepellikkas in the past. I am confused by your comment though. You say the 65/17 is better than the 60/18. Can I buy snows in the 65/17 size for my Touring Odyssey and run my 60/18 all seasons the rest of the year?
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by cy:
Geoff, 235/65-17's will require 17" wheels and they're than what we've test fit on your 2007 Odyssey so there's a risk of rubbing. Therefore I wouldn't recommend them.
235/65-17's are the Original Equipment size for the 2012-2013 Odyssey so they'll work fine.
Thanks. Cy.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by cy:
Patrice,
Since the overall tire diameter between 235/65-17 and 235/60-18 is the same there is no issue with running 235/65-17’s for the winter and 235/60-18’s for the winter.
Thanks. Cy.

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