What are the best snow chains for a Toyota Tacoma?

We’re expecting to get a doozy of a winter coming up in my neck of the woods, and I’m wondering if I should add snow chains to my truck or not. What are the best options for a Toyota Tacoma?

Macy Fouse · Answered on Jan 10, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you live in a part of the country that gets a lot of winter weather, winterizing your car is an essential part of your yearly vehicle maintenance. Since Toyota Tacomas already come with optional all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, they should be relatively set to drive in the snow without adding more than a good set of winter tires. However, if you’re planning on doing some trekking in heavy-duty ice and snow, it may be time to put snow chains on your tires.
Here’s what to keep in mind when picking out the best snow chains for your Toyota Tacoma:
  • Ease of installation. If you’re not accustomed to installing snow chains, you’ll want to opt for the simplest set to install and remove—unless you’re getting help!
  • Size. Make sure you measure the diameter of your tires to see what size chains you need. Most Tacomas come with either 16-inch, 17-inch, or 18-inch wheels, so check your specific model before buying chains. You’ll also need to know your tread width, which will depend on the type of tire to which you’re adding the chains.
  • Performance. Snow chains vary when it comes to weight, pattern, and material. The type of driving you’ll be doing will determine whether you need link-style chains—which are heavy but durable—or plastic chains, which are less robust but much lighter and easier to install.
Depending on your model, your Toyota Tacoma owner’s manual may have information about snow chains for your specific vehicle. Overall, here are some of the most popular snow chains amongst Tacoma drivers:
  • Best for intense winter driving: Peerless Chain Z®-Chain
  • Best for the budget: Konig Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains XG12 Pro
  • Best for easy installation: Peerless Chain AUTO-TRAC®
One final note: make sure snow chains are legal in the area you’re planning to drive!
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