What’s the Difference: Alloy Wheels and Steel Wheels

Alloy Wheel

If you’ve been paying any attention to what Honda’s been up to lately, you’re probably well aware that the automaker has been loading their vehicles up with some of the best features available, the kind that many automakers expect their drivers to pay extra for.


In addition to high-tech amenities such as Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, SMS text messaging functionality, and Honda’s unique i-MID system, many 2013 Honda models also come with alloy wheels as standard.


You might be wondering what exactly that means or why it’s a big deal, so read on to find out just what the difference is between alloy wheels and standard steel wheels other manufacturers use.


To start with, steel is actually an alloy, but it is one that we have become so familiar with that we treat it as a default metal these days, so that’s where the names come from. The alloys being used in Honda vehicles are engineered for lightweight performance and durability, while steel wheels are built for their density. Aluminum alloys can be cast and worked into a range of different shapes with ease, giving drivers unprecedented options for style.


Steel wheels are the old standby, and while some drivers like to stick to the old ways, the fact is that scientific updates have been sending steel wheels to the bottom rung for other automakers, and Honda opted to just do away with them like so many other low-end standards as they attempt to revitalize their base level LX trims.


To get a look at new alloy wheels firsthand, including seeing just how a new Honda handles with lightweight, precision designed wheels, you can visit us at Community Honda. You’ll find these updated wheels on all of our 2013 models, so whether you’re looking for a sedan like the Civic or Accord or something a bit larger – perhaps our famous CR-V – you’ll get alloy wheels right alongside the new tech features.


Contact our sales team to set up a test drive of a 2013 Honda today. We can’t wait to serve you!