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

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
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $56*
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel

"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
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel Wheel $56*
15x6 5-100 33mm ET Black Painted Steel

*Prices subject to change


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:

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:

Thanks and be safe.

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?
Friday, November 21, 2014 by cy

Kam, the sensors are in the wheels so if you put your snow tires on your original wheels the sensors aren’t affected. If you purchased a winter wheel & tire package without new TPMS sensors that will trigger the light. Thanks. Cy.
Friday, January 16, 2015 by Maria

Hello! I live in Boston and drive a 2010 Corolla. Would the "Cincinnati" package still be appropriate for my older model? Thanks, Maria
Friday, January 16, 2015 by cy

For a 10th Generation(2009-2013)Corolla being used in Boston, I'd recommend the "Green Bay" package listed in the main blog. Respective average snowfall totals through 2014 are as follows: Cincinnati (21") Boston (44") and Green Bay (51"). The narrower 185/65-15 size will do a better job of cutting through deeper snow blizzards. Thanks. Cy.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by js bach

Looking for a strictly rain, non hydroplaning tire for 2009 corolla base model, any suggestions ?
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by cy

Js, optimal 195/65-15 choice for wet grip is the Continental PureContact, see this tire here:

Thanks. Cy
Sunday, March 13, 2016 by John Wang

I purchased 195/65R15 Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and New Steel Wheel 15X6 Black Painted from you a few months ago. Can the wheel/tire be good to my next vehicle Toyota Corolla 2015 LE, which has OEM size 16-in. steel wheels with wheel covers and P205/55R16 tires?
Monday, March 14, 2016 by cy

John, that combination will also fit your 2015 Toyota Corolla LE but you'll have to add TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) sensors if want the TPMS system to work. Thanks. Cy.
Monday, November 20, 2017 by Linda Lott

I live in Kingston Ontario. What winter tires should I buy for my 2014 Corolla S. I still have the original tires on the car so looking to buy winter and new all season for summer.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Cy

Ms. Lott,

Toyota normally used 205/55-16 as the 2014 Corolla S Original Equipment size but there was 17" option so please check your current tire sidewalls to verify you have 205/55-16’s.

In 205/55-16, I would pick between the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80, the Continental WinterContact SI or the Michelin X-ICE XI3. All three are very good in snow and overall capability. The Bridgestones are particularly effective in rural country driving given their lateral ice grip advantage. The Michelins are noticeably quieter and wear the best of the trio. The Continental WinterContact SI has the best dry road handling of the 3.

Thanks. Cy
Monday, December 11, 2017 by Paula

Hi Cy, I drive a 2015 Toyota Corolla LE in southern NH. I tend to stay home in deep snow, but want a tire that can handle the 3-7" storms, and the ice. Suggestions?
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Cy

Hello Paula,

For your needs of deeper snow capability, packed snow grip and ice traction I would suggest switching over to narrower 185/65-15 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80's on 15" wheels.

Thanks. Cy

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