For the longest time, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord dominated the mid-size sedan game. Then Hyundai crashed the party with the Sonata!
The sixth-generation 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata has been particularly competitive but it still needs dedicated winter tires for the safest winter handling. When it comes to balancing snow and dry road handling, each one of us has to decide which performance traits we want to emphasize. Most Sonata drivers are likely served by the superior ice and packed snow traction that a Studless Ice & Snow tire offers.
Winter / Snow Tire Size
Always check your tire sidewalls to verify your current size. The GLS and Hybrid versions normally come equipped with 205/65R16 (215/55R17 is an optional Hybrid size) tires, while the Sonata Limited runs either 215/55R17 (2.4L engine) or 225/45R18 (2.0T). The Sonata SE runs on 225/45R18 in both engine models.
|Year||Model||Tire Sizes||Rim Sizes||Tread Width O.E. Hankook||Overall Diameter|
|2011-2014||Sonata GLS (2.4L)||P205/65-16 94H||16x6.5||6.1"||26.5"|
|2011-2014||Sonata Hybrid With 16's as O.E.||P205/65-16 94H||16x6.5||6.1"||26.5"|
|2011-2014||Sonata Hybrid With 17's as O.E.||P215/55-17 93V||17x6.5||7.1"||26.2"|
|2011-2014||Sonata Limited 2.0T||225/45-18/XL 95V||18x7.5||7.3"||25.9"|
|2011-2014||Sonata Limited 2.4L||P215/55-17 93V||17x6.5||7.1"||26.2"|
|2011-2014||Sonata SE 2.0T||225/45-18/XL 95V||18x7.5||7.3"||25.9"|
|2011-2014||Sonata SE 2.4L||225/45-18/XL 95V||18x7.5||7.3"||25.9"|
- Step 1: Consider your most common winter driving situations. How often do you see deep snow? Packed snow? Glare ice? Cold dry roads?
- Step 2: Pick a tire size of appropriate width for the conditions you experience on your drive. For example, if you have a 30-minute commute through farm roads alternatively covered with deep snow or ice, 205/65R16 is narrow enough to cut through deeper snow but wide enough to handle icy roads. If you have a long commute on major highways, 215/55R17 provides better dry road handling without being horribly problematic in deeper snow.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata uses valve-stem mounted TPMS sensors that must be initialized by the dealer or a major shop to function. We can install sensors when purchased as part of a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.
Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package
The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is great for handling snowy and icy roads. It also does well for dry road handling. The tire is a great option for Sonata drivers, and when paired with a steel wheel creates a great tire and wheel combo to handle winter's toughest conditions. If you're looking for a 17" tire and wheel, look at the 215/55R17 Blizzak WS80 with the Sport Edition A8 wheel.
205/65R16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
16x6.5 Black Steel Wheel
Create your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today and handle all Mother Nature has to throw your way!