It’s never fun getting a flat tire. Thankfully, this one on our 2018 Toyota Prius Prime didn’t leave me stranded. Somehow, one of the previous drivers caught a nail in the sidewall of the tire, but there was enough remaining air to make it to our local Goodyear store. The day started with bad news, and ended with a pleasant surprise.
A nail in the sidewall of any tire means, essentially, you’re buying a new tire. I figured the Toyota Prius Prime has some specialized, low resistance, aerodynamic tire designed to help the Prius get its impressive fuel economy. I further assumed that this would mean an expensive replacement cost. Well, I was right on the first point. The tire Toyota uses on the Prius Prime as original equipment is the Toyo NanoEnergy, a tire designed for both high miles per gallon and good grip. I was wrong about the second point. The cost of the tire was $95.
I was in a hurry, so I didn’t have time to shop around. Later, I searched for the tire online and found that I got a good deal from the Goodyear store on Hammond Drive in Atlanta. Only WalMart and eBay had a lower price on the NanoEnergy A29. The low price is likely due to the size — 195/65 R15 sounds like a tire I bought for my Honda Accord in the 80s. Either way, it’s nice when a fuel-sipping car has similarly budget-friendly maintenance prices.
Anyone looking to buy a Prius Prime should know that a full set of original equipment tires should run a little over $400 with mounting and balancing. I recently spent about $1,500 on replacement tires for a Nissan Pathfinder Platinum. It’s a cost that many shoppers don’t think of when buying a new or used car. Find a Toyota Prius Prime for sale
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