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When it is time to talk tires, you’ll see options around every corner. But only the Lexus Tire Centre at Northwest Lexus offers leading edge tire technology at competitive prices along with the exceptional service and expert knowledge of your Lexus vehicle.
When your Lexus vehicle was designed and built, the engineers and product planners carefully selected a tire size, considering many factors, like performance, safety and fuel efficiency. Lexus recommends that you select the original equipment tire fitment when selecting winter or replacement tires.
Understanding Tire Sizes
A Passenger car tire in P-metric sizes. Tire sizes without the “P” may also be made for passenger cars, but they are “European” metric sizes and may have different load ratings or speed ratings than P-metric tires.
Tire width, measured from sidewall to sidewall in millimeters. This information is used to determine the width of the rim that the tire can be
Aspect ratio, indicating the height of the tire as a percentage of the width. In this case, the tire would be 94 mm (235 x 40%). High performance tires usually have a lower aspect ratio (below 55%) than other tires because lower ratios provide better stability. When turning, cars generate lateral forces that the tires must resist. Lower profile tires have shorter, stiffer sidewalls so they resist cornering forces better.
Radial construction, indicating that the plies that strengthen and reinforce the tires radiate out at a 90 degree angle from the centre of the tire. This improves fuel economy in comparison to bias-ply tires, whose plies are at a 60% angle.
The diameter, in inches, of the wheel that this tire can be mounted on, regardless of whether the tire is mounted on a steel or alloy wheel.
The Load Index is a standard that applies to all tire manufacturers, classifying tires according to their load-carrying capacity, or how much weight they can support at maximum air pressure. In this case, a load index of 99 corresponds with 775 kg. Load indexes of the tires used on passenger cars and light trucks usually range from 80 to 110, corresponding with weight capacities between 450 and 1060 kg.
The Speed Rating indicator, established to match the speed capability of tires with the top speed capability of the vehicles to which they are applied. The letter corresponds with a maximum speed rating, in kilometres per hour. Popular ratings on Lexus vehicles include: S-180km/h, T-190km/h, H-210km/h, V-240km/h. Despite the capability of the tires to operate at high speeds, Lexus vehicles should not be operated in excess of legal speed limits.
A Tire for All Seasons
Everyone has different criteria for selecting tires, from wet weather traction and long tread life to quiet ride and firm grip in ice or snow. The experts at Northwest Lexus Tire Centre are pleased to assist you in finding the tires that fit both your Lexus automobile and your varied requirements.
Take an Inside Look at Lexus Tires.
Soft rubber compounds and shallow, narrow tread patterns maximize the rubber touching the road. Typically low-profile, Performance Tires have stiff sidewalls for sharp steering response and firm grip on dry pavement.
- Sporty appearance and firm ride quality
- Soft rubber compounds grip the road, but result in faster wear
- Grooved treads shed water and prevent hydroplaning
- Low profile can result in increased road noise and firmer, less comfortable ride quality
Designed to perform optimally in both snowy conditions and cold temperatures, providing the performance and safety you expect.
- Unidirectional/V-groove tread designs are best at moving slush and snow out of the way
- Large, open tread blocks with many tiny slits (sipes), cut through deep snow and perform better on wet pavement
- Specialized, soft tread compounds dig into snow, stick to ice at low temperatures, and contribute to a comfortable ride on cold pavement
Good performance in a wide variety of conditions, but as conditions become more extreme, performance is reduced. With harder rubber compounds than Performance tires, they have longer tread life and provide a quieter ride.
- Longer tread life and quieter ride than performance tires
- Tread designs provide low rolling resistance and improved fuel efficiency
- Mid-range aspect ratios provide a balance of ride comfort and nimble handling