Here’s what I asked Toyota (to customer service at their corporate website):
“Will the Highlander’s 245/60-18 tire and wheel fit on a Venza, which uses 19” and 20" wheels?
I’m talking straight install, not needing spacers, longer bolts, or anything.
And let me ask the same question in reverse: will the Venza’s 245/50-20 wheel and tire fit on a Highlander?
I ask because if I buy a Venza, I’ll be looking for a Highlander owner to trade tires with. Or maybe ask the dealership to make the swap. If it’s technically possible, of course.
(I’d buy a Venza in a heartbeat … except for the oversize tires. I’ll bet they’ve cost you a lot of sales, maybe why you’ve stopped making the Venza.)"
Here’s the reply (in an email) from Toyota:
"Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
We appreciate the opportunity to address your inquiry.
When replacing the tires, use only the same size and construction as originally installed on your vehicle and with the same or greater load capacity. Using any other size or type of tire may seriously affect handling, ride, speedometer/odometer calibration, ground clearance, and clearance between the body and tires or snow chains.
We apologize, we do not recommend or assist with modifying our vehicles from their original factory specifications.
Modifications could affect the vehicle’s performance, safety or durability, and may violate government regulations. In addition, damage or performance problems resulting from the modification may not be covered under warranty.
We appreciate your feedback. It is through communications such as yours that we become aware of the reactions and expectations of our customers and are able to review and improve our product offerings.
Your email has been documented at our National Headquarters. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us."
In other words, generic, useless, CYA information. Frankly, Toyota, I’m disappointed. Expected better.
Anyone at Car Talk have experience with this?