Winter Performance Tires: What size should you buy?

You've made the (good) decision to purchase a set of winter performance tires. So now, let's talk a little bit about tire sizes. It's all in the name of good physics. A wide, low profile or large tire needs to make it's way through a matching path in the snow. That causes resistance, so the narrower the tire, the easier your travels will be.

That said, you'll need to base the size of your winter performance tires on one of the following:
• The optional tire and wheel size from your vehicle's base model
• A minus size tire and wheel

You can find more information on this and other issues related to winter performance tires in our library of Winter Tech articles.

Shop by vehicle to find out what winter performance tires would work on your vehicle, or contact one of our sales representatives. They'd be happy to help.


Monday, December 19, 2011 by Paul Ma

Hello. I drive a 2007 Toyota Camry SE V4. My all season tires are P215/55R17
I was looking for winter tires, and I was wondering could I use P215/60R16 sized tires (cheaper). How does minus sizing work?
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Ben@tirerack

215/60R16 would be a logical minus-size. You would need to do a package with 16" wheels to combine with the 16" tires. This would also allow for an easy change from summer to winter. You can contact me directly at and I can help put everything together for you.

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