Some Newer Cars Are Missing a Spare Tire
Sealant kits are becoming more common. Here's why.
Q. I was stunned to discover that my new car doesn’t have a spare tire. Was I ripped off?
A. Not really. Over the past five years, about 10 percent of the cars tested by Consumer Reports came with a full-sized spare. About 60 percent came with a temporary (aka space saver) spare tire, and the rest were equipped with a sealant kit or a run-flat tire, or nothing at all.
About a third of new cars today do not come with a spare tire, though they might also be equipped with a compressor and sealant kit to temporarily fix a flat tire. Some cars without a spare come with a run-flat tire, which is designed to operate for a limited distance after losing air from a typical puncture.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since it first appeared in the September 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.