A friend asks if I am not adding to the weight of the vehicle by buying with the stock steel wheels, rather than the aluminum wheels.
I read the following online and it made me wonder.
"There are multiple examples of steel wheels with weights essentially equivalent to aluminum wheels, including:
The Chrysler PT Cruiser uses a 15 x 6 wheel that in steel weighs 17.0 lbs. while their aluminum counterpart is 16.9 lbs.
The 16 x 6.5 base steel wheel for the GM Cobalt/Ion is 19.2 lbs. while the aluminum counterpart is 18.9 lbs.
The 16 x 6.5 steel wheel for the Chevy Malibu weighs 19.2 lbs. while the aluminum counterpart weights 18.9 lbs.
The 16 x 6.5 steel wheel for the Renault Megane weighs 15.9 lbs., while the aluminum counterpart weighs between 16.5 and 17.6 lbs.
As shown in the above examples, styled steel wheels do not necessarily have a weight disadvantage and in some cases can be lighter than aluminum counterparts. It is important to recognize that wheel weight is very dependent on the specific styling. The OEMs are now directing stylists to control wheel weight by giving mass targets for wheels to the styling studios. "
Does anyone have the weight of the stock wheels compared to an alloy wheels such as offered on the Passion configuration. Thanks.