Choosing the Right Tires for Your Subaru

On any vehicle you drive, you want to make sure your tires are maintained. If you’re lucky enough to drive a Subaru, this article will help you decide what type of tires you should get for your car when your tires are starting to wear out.

To be able to replace the tires for your Subaru there are a few things you will need to know. The first thing, of course, is to know what type of Subaru you are driving. You will also need to know what size of tires you have. To figure this out you will want to look in your vehicle’s manual. Many people will just choose the same tires that they are already using but you don’t have to do this. You will have to make sure that you get the right size though.

Tire Sizes

2019 subaru ascent Figuring out your tire size can be somewhat confusing because tires are measured in metric sizes. Once you figure out how to read the tire size for your vehicle you will have a much easier time trying to find them online or in a store.

When you do look up tire size you will see something in the format of 225/64R20 (this is just an example). The first number is going to tell you how wide your tires are and is always going to be three numbers long. The number that comes after the forward slash is the correlation between the tire’s height and width. This is actually a percentage so in the example above the height of the tire is 64% of the width of the tire. The R is for the radials that run across the tire and the last number listed is the diameter of the tire itself. Hopefully, this information helps you to read the tire better and know what you are looking for with your specific Subaru.


Another thing to keep in mind when getting tires for your Subaru is to take care of the tires you have or the new tires you get. You will want to make sure that the tires are properly aligned so that they will last longer. If you do not make sure your tires are properly aligned then the wear on the tires will be abnormal and you will have to replace them sooner rather than later. You will want to make sure each tire is properly inflated and take into consideration the wheelbase, tracking, caster, camber, and toe. These are all things that your mechanic should be looking at as well to make sure your tires last for you.

Below are some of the tire sizes for 2017 to give you an idea of what you might need for your Subaru (keep in mind that these are base models):

Year/Model Tire Size
2017 Subaru BRZ 215/45R17
2017 Subaru Crosstrek 225/55R17
2017 Subaru Forester 225/55R18
2017 Subaru Impreza 205/55R16
2017 Subaru Legacy 225/55R17
2017 Subaru Outback 225/65R17
2017 Subaru WRX 235/45R17

When deciding where to go to get new tires for your car you might want to come to Lee’s Summit Subaru. What better place to make sure you get the right tires than a business that specifically deals with your brand of car?

You will need to remember that tires are the part of your car that deals with the harshest conditions and because of this, they will probably be the first thing on your car that will need to be repaired or replaced. They deal will extreme temperatures, foreign objects being embedded in them and even potholes. Each tire and driver are different so the only way to help you determine when you will need new tires is to keep track of your wear and tear on your tires. If you drive a long distance on a consistent basis then your tires will need to be replaced quicker than someone who only goes a few miles a day.

Keep an eye out for different signs that your tires need to be changed. If your car vibrates when you are driving it, or if you have cracks, bulges or cuts in the tire or if you have uneven wear on the tread of your tire then you might want to look into getting some new tires. You may also be able to just get a patch for your tire if all you are dealing with is a small hole. Take it into Lee’s Summit Subaru and let us tell you what the best option is for you. Just remember that if you need to get new tires from elsewhere you should know the size of your tire and what you are looking for in a tire.

Another factor to remember when looking for new tires for your vehicle is the weather conditions you will be dealing with. Different weather conditions call for different tires. You can get tires for summer, all-season, winter or even off-road. Summer tires give you the right kind of control for summer conditions and adventures, winter tires are built to handle slush, snow, rain, or ice. All-season tires are for those who will be driving in all kinds of conditions. They give you great handling in wet and dry conditions and the tread life lasts longer. These tires are quiet and are very dependable tires for any season. Off-road tires are for the adventurous driver. These tires will work in mud, dirt, rain, sand or any combination of these.

Give us a call or stop in to discuss what type of tire will be best for you and your specific vehicle and situation. Every vehicle and driver will possibly need a different tire to fit their lifestyle. This article is just a taste of what you will need to know when looking to get new tires for your Subaru.

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