Winter Wheels: Alloy vs. Steel

As the snow starts to fly, there's a mad rush for customers to get winter wheels and tires. However, should you order steel or alloy wheels with your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package? The decision depends on the vehicle, price, the customer's needs and availability. 

Availability: Certain vehicles can only be installed with alloy wheels, as steel wheels are not designed as aftermarket rims (wheels) for all applications.

Price: Steel wheels are the most affordable option even when you add a set of wheel covers to your purchase. However, the price differeSteel Wheelnce can be minimal at times and many customers choose alloy wheels because they prefer the look and ease of not purchasing wheel covers.

Appearance: Obviously, there are many more styles of alloy wheels available than the simple black steel wheels. For some drivers, this is important. For others, the black steel wheel is perfectly sufficient.

Performance: Alloy wheels offer several performance advantages over steel. Compared to a steel wheel, an alloy wheel is lighter, stronger and will not rust. To gain a better understanding of how to compare alloy to steel wheels, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."


Friday, November 4, 2011 by Lee

Wish they made steel wheels for an 04 STi. The late model CR-V steel wheels work for those with an 05+ STi but not us 04s :(
Saturday, February 11, 2012 by Bob Mathews

I have steel on one car and alloy on the other here in winter salt country. After five winters, both are ratty looking from rust and corrosion. The steel wheels, plus wheel covers, plus replacement wheel covers when they fall off, end up being about the same expense as the alloys. The alloys look and perform better, so steelies were a false economy for mee.

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