Don't Let Ol' Man Winter Slow That New Accord Down: Winter / Snow Tires For 2013 Honda Accord

Have you been waiting for a new Accord? Well it's time to visit your Honda dealer because the new 2013 Honda Accord is in town. 

Honda's done a great job with both the Accord Coupe and Sedan. I love how they've tweaked the styling on the Coupe, but still maintained its aggressive sporty look. If you've recently picked up a new Accord, your next step is to make sure your new Honda is ready for winter.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

Depending on trim level, your Accord Sedan's Original Equipment size will consist of one of the following sizes (model in parenthesis):

The standard Coupe is equipped with 215/55R17 tires.

When it comes time to purchase your winter / snow tires, what size should you get? Every driver's situation and preferences will vary, but a 215 width tire is narrow enough to cut through moderate and deep snow, yet wide enough to handle hard-packed snow, ice and dry roads.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Honda has changed over to the indirect ABS-based TPMS sensor so you don' t have to worry about adding and initializing direct TPMS sensors when you change wheels.

Studless Ice & Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

I feel that the optimum Studless Ice & Snow combination for most drivers is a set of 215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3s on 16x6.5 50mm offset black painted steel wheels with wheel covers at $813* plus shipping. The X-Ice Xi3 offers a good combination of ice grip with dry road handling. Also, most sizes of the tire meet Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance. This confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases.

215/60-16 Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $136*
215/60R16 Michelin X-Ice
Xi3 $133*
16x6.5 50mm offset Black Painted steel wheel $58*
16x6.5 50mm Offset Black Painted Steel Wheel $58*

Performance Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

For a great tire and wheel combination using a Performance Winter / Snow tire, consider the 215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D on 17x7.5 45mm offset silver or black painted MSW Type 22 wheels at $1100* plus shipping. The Winter Sport 3D's tread design handles the deep snow, but the larger outside shoulder tread blocks allow a spirited driver to enjoy his/her Accord on better days.

215/55-17 Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D $170*
215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport
3D $167*
17x7.5 45mm offset Silver Painted MSW Type 22 $108*
17x7.5 45mm Offset Silver Painted MSW Type 22 $108*

2013  Honda Accord FAQ:

  1. I see two black painted steel wheels available, which one should I purchase? Select the 50mm offset version that's closer to your Original Equipment wheel's offset. The other option is 6.5" wide with 42mm offset. For reference, the Original Equipment 17" wheel is 7.5" wide with a 55mm offset.
  2. The description of the 215/55R17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D says "AO Audi", what does this mean? It means this tire is Audi's generic winter / snow tire suggestion. Audi feels the Winter Sport 3D's dry road ability matches up well with the handling capabilities of an Audi. However, this tire works well on a wide variety of sporty vehicles.
  3. I live out in the country and need a skinnier tire size for more emphasis on deep snow traction, what size should I run? I would suggest 205/65R16.

*Prices subject to change


Friday, March 29, 2013 by SL

I am considering a '13 sedan sport with the 18's; can I go with the 16's and not have an issue with the new tpms technology?
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by cy

Since the 2013 uses the ABS-based system it's a easier to change to 16's because you don't have to install valve-stem mounted sensors. Since there might be a slight variance in overall diameter (few tenths of an inch) between winters and summers you'll have to press the TPMS button to re-set the system. That's all.
Thanks. Cy


Monday, October 6, 2014 by Dennis Thomas

I have a 2014 Honda Accors Sport that came with 18 inch low profile tires. I want to get a set of steel wheels with snow tires for the upcoming winter season. What are my options? 17 inch ? I just want plain steel wheels for the season.
Monday, October 6, 2014 by cy

The 16” steel wheels listed above will work fine, no compatible 17” steels are available.
Thanks. Cy.
Monday, November 10, 2014 by Amanda

I just want to confirm I understand this correctly. I have a 2013 Honda Accord Sport that came with the 235/45R18 tires and as I'm currently shopping for winter tires for this size, they are alot pricier and not as easily available than I realized they would be. When I previously asked Honda if I could change the tire size they told me I couldn't and that the TPMS is calibrated to that exact size and that the car cannot recalibrate to a different size after the initital calibration. As you can see I'm a little confused. I'm planning on getting Michelin X-Ice Xi3s tires but can I actually reduce to a smaller size? If so, what size would you recommend to me and would a smaller size have any negative effects on performance or the car? Thanks.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Chris

I also have a 2013 sport and would like to know the answer to Amanda's question.
Friday, November 21, 2014 by cy

If you take a tape measure and measure your 235/45-18’s from the ground to the top of your tire, you’ll find they’re 26.3” in overall diameter. 205/65-16’s are 26.5” in diameter so this .2” difference isn’t significant. So I’m surprised at the dealer’s explanation.
205/65-16 is optimal to drivers more apt to encounter deeper snow whereas 215/60-16 or 215/55-17 are better for city & suburban drivers.
Thanks. Cy

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