If you feel as though the broader automotive industry is shifting towards larger and larger wheel diameters with every new vehicle design, you’re right. The debut of the refreshed 2025 Chevy Tahoe and refreshed 2025 Chevy Suburban is certainly a good indication of that, with both full-size SUVs offering 24-inch wheel options. Of course, it’s unlikely that regular readers are surprised, given GM Authority was the first to report that The General’s refreshed SUVs would offer 24-inch rollers way back in March of the 2023 calendar year. That said, GM has been hinting at this design trend for much longer than that, with the vice president of GM Design, Michael Simcoe, indicating as much way back in 2019.
For those readers who may have missed it, GM design chief Michael Simcoe stated during a podcast in September of 2019 that these days, “an 18-inch wheel is a small wheel.”
“We’re headed toward 24- and 26-inch wheels,” Simcoe said at the time.
Fast forward to today, and the refreshed 2025 Chevy Tahoe and refreshed 2025 Chevy Suburban both offer wheel sizing up to 24 inches in diameter on RST and High Country trim levels. That’s pretty massive, even for a full-size SUV, but the big wheel trend extends through a variety of segments – the all-new 2024 Chevy Trax, for example, which serves as Chevy’s entry-level subcompact crossover, offers wheel sizing up to 19 inches in diameter.
And it’s not just the GM designers, either. Ford is also jumping on the plus-sized wheel bandwagon, with plans to offer 24-inch wheels on the upcoming Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUVs, per a report from our sister publication, Ford Authority, which caught a refreshed 2025 Ford Expedition prototype rolling on 24s.
While the trend towards larger wheels is definitely driven by aesthetics, there are some tangible benefits as well, such as a stiffer tire sidewall and crisper handling, as well as potentially more grip thanks to a wider tire. There are downsides as well, likely the biggest of which is increased cost.
Nevertheless, the trend is clear – bigger is better, at least as far as the majority of the consumer public is concerned.