AAA: Spare Tires for Some New Vehicles

Got a flat? Most of us would just replace it with the spare tire from the trunk.

Nowadays, however, the spare tire is being left out of more and more new vehicles.

New vehicles like the ones on the lot of Van Campen Motors in Williamsport come with all sorts of new features and technology.

One thing missing on a few dozen new makes and models is the spare tire, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The growing trend is news to Justin Gray from Jersey Shore.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever. First it’s a safety issue. If you’re stranded on the road you have no spare tire then what?” questioned Gray.

Instead of a spare tire, some new vehicles come with an inflator kit or with tires that can run short distances without air.

Gray and his fiancee are looking for a new car and said if there is no spare it could be a deal breaker.

“I would seriously think twice if it didn’t have a spare tire. Definitely look for a different model or different brand,” added Gray.

According to AAA, tire related problems and flats accounted for 16 percent of the two million emergency roadside assistance calls last year in the Mid-Atlantic region. Now AAA wants people to know the new car they might be buying may not have the spare they are used to.

“Right now the manufacturers are after anything that will raise the fuel mileage of a vehicle,” said Josh Van Campen.

He added tire technology is so good that fix a flat systems are just as good as a spare in the trunk.

“They come with air generator and canister that’s good for two tires. You can run up to 150 miles on it to get to the nearest shop,” he added.

The following makes and models do not come with spare tires, according to AAA:

Acura
FCX Clarity: Inflator and sealant kit Aston Martin – All models have an inflator and sealant kit

Audi
A5 (2008 – 2011): Runflats
A6 (2009 – 2011): Runflats
A7 (2011): Runflats
Q5 (2009 – 2011): Spare tire stored w/out air. Inflator is provided
Q7 (2007 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator kit provided when not equipped with a spare
S4 (2006 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator kit provided when not equipped with a spare
S5 (2008 – 2011): Runflats
TT (2008 – 2011): No spare. Inflator and sealant kit

BMW – All vehicles are equipped with Runflats, except: 1M: Inflator and sealant kit M3: Inflator and sealant kit
X5 (2007 – 2011): Spare tire optional, Runflats are installed when not equipped with a spare
X6 (2009 – 2011): Spare tire optional, Runflats are installed when not equipped with a spare

Cadillac
CTS (2008 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
SRX (2010 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
STS (2005 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
XLR (2004 – 2009): Runflats

Chevrolet
Camaro (2010 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
Corvette (2005 – 2011): Runflats
Cruze (2011): Inflator and sealant kit
Equinox (2010 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
Volt (2011): Inflator and sealant kit

Chrysler: All SRT models with 20 inch wheels are not equipped with a spate Dodge
Viper (1998 – 2010): Inflator and sealant kit

Ford
Explorer (2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
Focus (2008 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
GT (2005 – 2006): Inflator and sealant kit
Mustang (2011): Inflator and sealant kit (except GT Base, which has a spare)

GM
Terrain (2010 – 2011) Inflator and sealant kit

Honda
Odyssey Touring (2005 – 2010): Runflats

Hyundai
Accent (2011 – 2012): Inflator and sealant kit
Elantra (2011 – 2012): Inflator and sealant kit Sonata
Hybrid (2011): Inflator and sealant kit
Veloster (2012): Inflator and sealant kit

Jaguar
XF (2009 – 2011): Spare tire optional, Runflats or inflation kit provided when not equipped with a spare
XK (2007 – 2011): Spare tire optional, Runflats or inflation kit provided when not equipped with a spare

Lexus
LF-A (2011): Inflator and sealant kit
SC series (2003 – 2010): Spare tire optional, Runflats provided when not equipped with a spare

Lotus – All models equipped with inflator and sealant kit

Mazda
MX5 (2006 – 2011): Inflator and sealant kit

Mercedes
R350 BlueTEC (2011): Runflats
GL350 BlueTEC (2011): Runflats
E350 BlueTEC (2011): Runflats
SLS AMG (2011): Inflator and sealant kit
SLR McLaren (2005 – 2009): Inflator and sealant kit

Mini (all models) – Spare tire optional, Runflats or inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare

Nissan
370z (2009 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
GT-R (2009 – 2011): Runflats

Pontiac
Solstace (2007 – 2009): Tire inflation kit

Porsche
Boxster (2005 – 2011): Inflator and sealant kit
Carrera GT (2004 – 2008): Inflator and sealant kit
Cayman (2005 – 2011): Inflator and sealant kit
Panamera (2010 – 2011): Inflator and sealant kit

Saturn
Sky (2007 – 2009): Inflator and sealant kit

Scion
iQ (2011): Inflator and sealant kit

Smart
Fortwo (2005 – 2011): Inflator and sealant kit

Toyota
Sienna XLE (2004 – 2011): Runflats

Volkswagen
Touareg Hybrid (2011): Inflator and sealant kit

Volvo
C30 (2008 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
C70 (1998 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
S60 (2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
XC60 (2010 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare
XC70 (2008 – 2011): Spare tire optional, inflator and sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare

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