Why is a 19" car tire way more expensive than a 16" tire? If you compare a 225/45/19 with a 215/65/16 they are double the price even though they have the exact same outer diameter.

One possible answer is the smaller sidewalls need to be more stiff but a 225/55/17 is still more expensive than a 215/65/16. It would need marginally stiffer sidewalls and will almost require equal amount of material.

I was also wondering what advantage will a 19" tire offer as compared to a 16" tire? Given that they have an almost identical outer diameter they should wear out at the exact same rate. The only thing that comes to mind are better looks.

See the attached image for comparison of all three sizes Tire size comparison

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! – Cullub Aug 28 '18 at 3:25

The economy of scale - the market for 16” tires is larger than that of 17” cf 18” cf 19”.

  • Also some 16" or 17" tires can be more expensive than 19" if you need an uncommon size. – MadMarky Aug 28 '18 at 7:48
  • There's also the fact larger tires have become more popular of late ... I'd expect there's some price gouging going on with them due to it ... people want them, so the price goes up. Economy of scale still drives 16" tires to have lower prices because they are used more readily as OEMs from the factory. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Aug 28 '18 at 12:16

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