2007 CRV. Alloy vs Steel wheels

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by planetx, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. planetx

    planetx Guest

    I am considering a 2007 CRV and was going to get a 2WD EX but now I am
    deciding on getting a 4WD LX. I drive in light snow sometimes and heavy
    rain quite a bit.

    A couple of questions:

    1) I read that 4WD is actually not too good on the CRV--has the 2007
    2) Is there any benefit to getting the Alloy wheels over steel?
    planetx, Nov 1, 2006
  2. planetx

    Art Guest

    On alloy wheels, they are lighter and theoretically gives you more sprung
    rate for a better ride but most people doubt that translates to anything in
    real life driving. Some people believe alloy wheels leak more air but I've
    never seen it.
    Art, Nov 1, 2006
  3. planetx

    ACAR Guest

    Friends of mine have an AWD CRV in Syracuse, NY for about 4 years. Does
    OK in snow on paved roads. A Subaru would be better but the price was
    right on the Honda.

    Perhaps your focus should be on replacement tires to maximize wet road
    ACAR, Nov 2, 2006
  4. planetx

    TomP Guest

    Actually a lighter wheel will result in LESS Unsprung Weight. Less Unsprung
    Weight is better for handling and ride quality. I don't think you would be
    able to tell the difference, between alloy and steel rims (tires being the
    same), in a blind test. The EX might have a slightly "better" tire than the LX

    Alloy wheels tend to be dimensionally superior to steel wheels.

    Buy the EX and swap the alloy to steel either at the dealer or private party.

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    TomP, Nov 4, 2006
  5. planetx

    Art Guest

    Indeed it is the proportion that counts of sprung weight versus unsprung
    Art, Nov 4, 2006
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