I hope I'm posting this in the right section of the boards.
We recently upgraded one vehicle in our all Subaru household from a 1999 Forester to a new XV Crosstrek Limited with the CVT transmission. I have been running dedicated snows on my Impreza for years and the car is a tank in the snow, as anyone with a Subaru on snows can attest to. My better half wants snows on her new XV (she travels alot for her business and can't afford not being able to get to her business meetings) and I'm reaching out for some advice and help.
We are on somewhat of a budget, but looking at (2) different options. First, getting tires and putting them on the OE rims. Only issue is the switching from all-seasons to snows and vise-versa each fall and spring. Snows in the 225/55/17 aren't cheap by any means. The other option is doing the dedicated steel wheel/tire package for the snows, which is what I do with my Impreza.
I've found a tire/wheel package on a well known online Tire store, offering new 16" steel wheels and new tires.
My question is has anyone gone the 16" steelie route for a winter tire package? Any pros-cons to dropping down to the 16" size for 5 months of the year? The winters on my Impreza are the same size as my summer set-up, so I don't have to worry about anything.
Any and all help/advice is welcome. Thanks in advance for all replies.