What is the difference between steel and alloy wheels?
The main differences between alloy and steel wheels lie in their durability, strength and appearance.
Steel wheels are the standard equipment provided on many vehicles, and are considered to be a practical choice. They are generally painted black, and often covered with wheel covers to improve the aesthetics of the wheels. Steel wheels are inexpensive, and you can find a complete selection at Canadian Tire, including OE wheels with an original factory fit, and multi-fit wheels, designed and guaranteed to fit multiple vehicles.
Alloy wheels are an investment that improves looks and performance. Alloy's extra strength materials provide longevity and positively affect tire wear. Most high-performance wheels are made of an alloy composed of aluminum and other metallic substances. The result is that alloy wheels are 15-20% lighter than steel, and the weight reduction will improve steering response and handling, as well as acceleration and braking.