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When one of a vehicle's axles has larger tires than another, the tires are considered "staggered." Back wheels are typically larger in these circumstances as the front tires need to maintain their size for the sake of mobility and steering capabilities.


  • Staggered tires help compensate for weight bias in a car. If a car's weight is unevenly distributed, the axle with more weight pressing on it should have larger tires installed.
  • High horsepower cars may require larger tires to support increased speeds.
  • The staggered positioning of the tires is widely considered to be stylish.


  • A lot of all-wheel drive systems will wear out faster if there is substantial disparity in the diameter of the tires.
  • Lateral tire movement is necessary when staggered tires are equipped.
  • There is likelihood of a less smooth ride due to the positioning of the tires.

Although still not common practice, there are some cars that come from the factory with staggered tires. Rear-wheel drive cars with a lot of horsepower, for instance, benefit from staggered tires, because with more rubber on the rear wheels that power can be transferred to the road easier. Before deciding on staggered tires for your car, truck, or SUV, weigh the pros and cons of the practice and if you are still unsure, consult your local Pep Boys expert. Our certified technicians can help you decide whether or not staggered tires are a good fit for your vehicle.