Welcome to PriusChat

We'd love to have you join our community and participate in the conversation! Sign up for FREE today.

Sign Up

Wheel Covers on Alloy Wheels?

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Main Forum' started by wernolabound, Feb 7, 2011.

Social Buttons

  1. wernolabound

    wernolabound Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2013 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Any idea why my car has hubcaps instead of finishing off the alloys?
  2. ETC(SS)

    ETC(SS) Aspiring Hypocommuter.

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Messages:
    2,785
    Likes Received:
    1,281
    Location:
    Redneck Riviera (Gulf South)
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Great Question!

    But first..... Greetings and :welcome:

    They put the plasticky covers on the alloy wheels for fuel efficiency (of all things!)
    I'm told it makes 1-2 MPG difference in fuel efficiency over the uncovered OEM alloys. Now that you know, there are several schools of thought on what you should do next.

    SOME say leave it as is.
    SOME say it's easier to clean the OEM wheels w/o the covers.
    SOME of the younger drivers out there think the OEM wheels are crap, covered or uncovered, and opt for aftermarket rims.
    Takes all kinds.....
    What I would do is to buy 4 of the metal "Yota" caps and get rid of the covers...unless you parallel park a lot, and then I would actually take 100 miles and get used to the car first.
    I like to park like----1-2" from the curb and I actually embarrassed myself by putting a 1-inch scrape on my plasticky cover by 'missing' my first curb.
    Stuff happens.

    Anyway...that's the reason they're there!
    Good luck w/whatever you do next!
    :)

    Good Luck!
  3. adamace1

    adamace1 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,360
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    For improved mpg, and to protect the rims is my guess.
  4. Rokeby

    Rokeby Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    3,006
    Likes Received:
    688
    Location:
    Ballamer, Merlin
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2008 Prius
    :welcome: to PRIUSchat. :cheer2:

    ETC(SS) did a good job summarizing the frequently revisited matter of
    the Prius' wheel covers.

    The only point I'd add is that there seems to be a larger number of 2010
    Gen III owners reporting losing a cover than Gen II owners. Don't know
    why.

    To look into whats been said in the past, some would say further
    discussion is :deadhorse:, use the search tool with "wheel cover."
  5. tonyrenier

    tonyrenier I grew up, but it's still red!

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2009
    Messages:
    361
    Likes Received:
    42
    Location:
    Green Bay, WI
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III


    I removed mine and purchased the centercaps. I get as good or better mileage as many here. I think they're cosmetic and like the incorrect MFD display of MPG they are supposed to make us feel better(your mileage will be lower than the display, but hey last summer it showed a little over 70 mpg, I'm not going to kick about upper 60s). I do love my Prius but I guess lots of things come equipped with BS.
    Just my thoughts
  6. stream

    stream Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    Messages:
    2,977
    Likes Received:
    443
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    V


    +1
  7. patsparks

    patsparks An Aussie perspective

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2007
    Messages:
    10,665
    Likes Received:
    538
    Location:
    Adelaide South Australia
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    I think they are there to protect the rims from curb rash. A lot cheaper to replace a plastic cap than a wheel.
  8. priuscritter

    priuscritter I am the Stig.

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1,525
    Likes Received:
    198
    Location:
    Indiana
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    III
    i took those things off relatively quickly.
Similar Threads: Wheel Covers
Forum Title Date
Private Sales Sell: Brand New 2014 Prius wheel covers- #42602-47060 Jul 29, 2014
Gen III 2010+ Prius Accessories and Modifications Prius wheelcovers fit other cars? Jul 24, 2014
Private Sales 4 mint 2011 15 inch prius wheel covers FS Apr 5, 2014
Private Sales 2011 TOYOTA Prius Alloy wheels/covers and Michelin A/S Tires set of 4 (used) SF - Peninsula Mar 29, 2014
Private Sales wanted 04-2009 rear retractable cargo cover must be ( beige/tan in color) and 3 wheel trim covers Mar 6, 2014