195 65 r15 vs 195 60 R15

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by mquinnan, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. mquinnan

    mquinnan New Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    I am ready to put on new tires (06 prius). I Want Goodyear TT's. What is the difference between the tires mentioned above? Why do most posts recommend the 60's over the 65's? The 65's are taller........but wouldn't they actually give me less rotations per mile thereby cheating my odometer just a smidge? With the 60's I believe I would be cheated in the odometer just a bit, if i understand the sizes correctly.
  2. usbseawolf2000

    usbseawolf2000 HSD PhD

    Sep 22, 2004
    Fort Lee, NJ
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Plug-in Base
    185/65 R15 is what comes with Prius. 195/60 R15 has almost the same rotation per mile.
  3. FL_Prius_Driver

    FL_Prius_Driver Senior Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Tampa Bay
    2001 Prius
    There is a change in the aspect ratio, so there would be an effect on MPG. However, this change may be in the same error range as the MPG calculations of the Prius. Note that the rolling resistance may be different and this may have a bigger effect on the MPG then expected, so get a good MPG baseline before the change.

    The tire you are selecting is a very long lasting tire if I understand right (Assurance TripleTred-Wear 740?). I think this is a good decision. Let us know how it turns out.
  4. Bill Merchant

    Bill Merchant absit invidia

    May 3, 2005
    USA | Oregon | Portland area | 97004 |
    2007 Prius
    185/65R15 = 24.5" Outside Diameter Integrity OEM tire = 76.969" circumference = 823.188 rev/mile
    195/65R15 = 25.0" Outside Diameter Assurance Triple Tread = 78.540" C = 806.725 rev/mile
    195/60R15 = 24.2" Outside Diameter Assurance Triple Tread = 76.027" C = 833.393 rev/mile
    (OD figures from Goodyear web site, C and rev/mile calculated, actual rev/mile different)
    So the 195/65 will make your speedo and nav 2% fast (823.188/806.725) and the 195/60 will be 2% slow (823.188/833.393).