Are you enthused about your new Altima, but worried how it will do in the snow? No need to worry, a set of winter / snow tires can have your Altima ready to tackle any condition Mother Nature throws your way.
Winter / Snow Tire Category
If you haven't done so, please review our winter / snow tire overview. If you want the best packed snow and ice grip and you're willing to compromises a little with dry road performance, then select a tire from the Studless Ice & Snow category.
Winter / Snow Tire Size
Always check your tire sidewalls to verify your current size but here's a summary of the normal Original Equipment tire sizes:
|Model||Standard Tire Size|
|Altima S 2.5||215/60R16|
|Altima S 3.5||235/45R18|
|Altima SL 2.5||215/55R17|
|Altima SL 3.5||235/45R18|
|Altima SV 2.5||215/55R17|
|Altima SV 3.5||235/45R18|
The key to selecting the proper winter tire size is choosing a size narrow enough to cut through deeper snow but wide enough to still be capable on packed snow, ice and dry roads. See more information on how narrow to go. With curb weight ranging between 3,108 to 3,447 lbs., the Altima isn't so light that going narrow is imperative. However, you should fine tune your size choice based on your typical winter conditions.
Ask yourself what type of winter weather you're likely to encounter. Does your daily commute often take you through unplowed back roads or through a subdivision that's seldom plowed? Maybe you almost immediately jump on a well-maintained interstate highway for a long trek? The narrower tire will be better for deeper snow travels, where as staying with a width comparable to an Original Equipment size is better for your long highway commute.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Your dealer or major installer must initialize your TPMS sensors for your Altima to read them. If you do your own maintenance you can also do it yourself as described here.
Steel Wheel and Winter Tire Package
It's all about the tire, so there's no problem in economizing with steel wheels. As for the ideal Studless Ice & Snow tire, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is still our best overall choice with the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Continental WinterContact SI close behind.
Black Steel Wheel
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
Alloy Wheel and Winter Tire Package
Would you rather have the improved look of an alloy wheel? The 205/65R16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 on 16x7 ET 46 bright silver Anzio Waves provide a great look for your Altima.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
With winter here, make sure your Altima is ready with a new Winter Tire & Wheel Package.