Toyota winter wheels
and tyres

Why use winter tyres?

Toyota winter tyres are designed and tested to provide superior grip on wet, snowy and icy roads. Thanks to a combination of special tread patterns and a compound that remains supple when temperatures fall below 7ºC, they dramatically reduce braking distances in harsh environments for a safer driving experience. In fact, winter tyres can reduce braking distances by half on snowy surfaces, as seen here.

WINTER TYRES
16.5 M STOPPING DISTANCE
SUMMER TYRES
34.2 M STOPPING DISTANCE
*Showing snow braking distance from speed of 40km/h.
Replay

What are the benefits of winter tyres?

Toyota winter tyres have a higher natural rubber content than summer tyres, so remain supple in low temperatures, enhancing everyday driving and delivering peace of mind. Their unique tread patterns are designed to displace water and slush from under the tyre, reducing aquaplaning and braking distances. They also have small grooves, called sipes, in the tread block that bite into snowy and icy surfaces for superior grip.

WINTER TYRE
SUMMER TYRE

When should you change to winter tyres?

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Below 7º
Thanks to special tread patterns and more supple compounds, winter tyres provide superior grip and reduced braking distances when temperatures fall below 7ºC
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Snow
Winter tyres have lots of small grooves, called sipes, in the tread block that ‘bite’ into snow and slush, providing better grip and reducing braking distances.
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Ice
The combination of softer compounds and special tread patterns ensure winter tyres provide better grip and reduced braking distances on icy roads.

 

Can I add winter wheels to my Toyota?

From stylish alloys or purposeful steel rims, Toyota offers a choice of winter wheels that are ideally suited to cope with cold weather road conditions and the impacts of salt, chemicals and grit. To order winter tyres and wheels for any Toyota in our range – from Corolla and RAV4 to Prius and Yaris – or for more help and guidance, talk to your local Toyota Retailer who will help you build a personal plan for your wheel and tyre needs this winter.


How do I compare different winter tyres?

Since 2012, it has been mandatory for vehicle tyres to bear a standardised label when being sold in the EU. This makes it easier to compare the grip, fuel efficiency and noise performance of tyres from different manufacturers.

Tyre sidewall description
Dimension designation
ECE certification mark and approval
Manufacturer’s Code
Department of transportation
Load index/ Speed Symbol
Manufacturer’s Name
Tubeless
Product Name
TWI tread wear indicator
Understanding the EU tyre labelling
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Fuel efficiency
The friction created by a tyre as it rolls along a road is called ‘rolling resistance’. The greater the rolling resistance, the more the engine uses fuel and produces emissions. Grade A tyres offer the least resistance and are best for fuel consumption.
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Wet grip
This rating reflects the absolute stopping distance of a tyre when braking from 80km/h under standardised wet road conditions. The difference between each of the grades, with A being the best and G the worst, is approximately 3 to 6m.
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Noise
The measurement given is the noise made by the tyre as it rolls along a road under test conditions. It is the noise produced externally in decibels with one black wave indicating the least noisy and three being the maximum noise allowed.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use winter tyres all year round?

It’s not recommended. To cope with freezing conditions, winter tyres are made from rubber that’s softer and more flexible than the compound found in summer tyres. As a result, in warmer conditions winter tyres wear more easily, increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption and lengthen braking distances.

How should I store my winter tyres?

You should always keep your winter tyres in a cool, dry and dark environment. If you’re storing tyres without rims, ensure they are stood upright, while tyres complete with rims fitted should always be laid flat – avoiding contact with grease, petrol and oil. Some Toyota Retailers offer a tyre storage service, contact your local retailer to find out more.

How long do winter tyres last?

Depending on annual mileage, winter tyres are designed to last between one to five years if properly stored when not in use. Both physical and chemical reactions cause tyres to age, and this can happen to tyres that are rarely or never driven on. A winter tyre that been correctly stored should still meet the specifications of, and perform like, a new tyre.

How can I identify low-noise winter tyres?

The noise performance of a winter tyre can be identified on the EU Tyre Label applied to all new winter tyres since 2012. The noise rating is explained by a measurement in decibels and by a black soundwave graphic.

What types of winter tyres are available?

Advances in tyre technology has improved the performance of winter tyres to the point where studded tyres are only necessary in the most extreme conditions.

Winter tyres

Modern winter tyres are made of a compound that remains supple in low temperatures. They are adaptable across a wide range of cold weather driving conditions, including snow, ice and wet and dry surfaces. This makes them a good all-round choice from autumn to spring.

Studded tyres

Most studded tyres have tungsten encased metal pins embedded within their rugged treads patterns. These dig into an ice-covered surface to provide grip in conditions where a road is frozen solid. They are commonly used in regions where the temperature remains around freezing or below for long periods of winter.

Are there any tips for driving in winter?

Whichever type of tyre you fit, remember that winter driving requires skills beyond those needed in the summer. Allow extra space for slowing and stopping, be gentle on the corners and always reduce your speed.

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